[Sfbay-news] SF Bay Area IMC: News for March 11, 2005

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WEEKLY INDYMEDIA UPDATE, MARCH 11, 2005
http://www.indybay.org/

Current featured news for the week of Friday, March 11:

More details about and links to all of these stories can be found on
Indybay's front page

Indybay Website New Volunteer Orientation: Saturday 3/12 at 11am in
Oakland: http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/03/1725058.php

03/08/2005 22 ARRESTED AT ROAD BLOCKADE
Earth First! Road Block 3/10/2005: 11 people, including a 72-year old
womyn from rural Selma, Oregon were arrested on Monday. Another 11 were
arrested on Wednesday, including one man who locked down to the rear axle
of a police vehicle with a steel lockbox.

3/8/2005: Old Growth Reserve Logging has begun on Fiddler timber sale unit
11 about 1 3/4 miles above the National Wild & Scenic Illinois River on
the road to Babyfoot Lake (also known as the T.J. Howell Memorial
Botanical Drive). The old growth forest making up unit 11 was burned by
the Forest Service in fire suppression efforts during the Biscuit Fire.
Unit 11 is an 18 acre logging unit, directly adjacent to the 335
contiguous acre Inventoried Roadless Area timber sale the Forest Service
has laid out in the Mikes Gulch watershed/South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area
and Briggs Late-Successional Reserve.

California Police Pursuits Cause for Concern
03/09/2005 LAWMAKERS AND POLICE SEEK WAYS TO LESSEN CAR CHASES
California Police Pursuits Cause for Concern On Sunday March 6th 2005,
Kamal Lal, 43, of South San Francisco, was shot to death by a police
officer after a chase between the Peninsula and San Francisco. More deaths
related to car chases occur in California than in any other state.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the number of car chases has
grown by hundreds each of the last three years for which statistics are
available: 5,895 in 2001; 6,337 in 2002; 7,171 in 2003. The California
Legislature is set to repeat past attempts to change the way that law
enforcement officers pursue potential criminals. Law enforcement groups
want to increase penalties for fleeing drivers, while a bipartisan group
of legislators is pushing a proposal that would include penalties for
police who recklessly pursue drivers.

Global Women's Strike Holds Int'l Women's Day Protest
02/15/2005 MARCH 8TH -- INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Global Women's Strike Every Year on March 8th On March 8th, a Global
Women's Strike took place in over 60 cities around the world. The San
Francisco protest on that date started at 3pm at City Hall, and marched to
the SF City Jail for a 4pm rally. This year the Strike focused on
demanding: "A Living Wage for All our Work & Pay Equity in the Global
Market; End Poverty and War! Invest in Caring Not Killing!" More Demands
of the Strike The Global Women's Strike started in 2000 with women taking
action together on or around March 8th. It has grown every year since,
particularly in countries in the Global South.


In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, over 10,000 Lavalas activists demonstrated on
Tuesday, March 8 in the populist district of Bel-Air. Those assembled
marched in solidarity with women whose children or spouses have been
killed in recent repression perpetrated in populist sections of the
capital. This demonstration was held to mark International Women's Day
and, largely due to international outrage over past collusion between UN
forces and the Haitian police, received a high level of protection from
soldiers of the United Nation Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
Dissidents also protested political persecution, and called for the return
of constitutional government and the release of all political prisoners.
Read More On Indybay's Haiti Page
Taco Bell Truth Tour 2005 Leads to Settlement With Taco Bell
03/07/2005 CIW AND TACO BELL COME TO AGREEMENT
3/8: Taco Bell announced today that it will fund a penny per pound
"pass-through" with its suppliers of Florida tomatoes, and will undertake
joint efforts with the CIW on several fronts to improve working conditions
in Florida's tomato fields. For its part, the CIW has agreed to end its
three-year boycott of Taco Bell, saying that the agreement "sets a new
standard of social responsibility for the fast-food industry." Read more

The 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour kicked off from Immokalee, Florida on
February 28 and headed two different directions en route to Louisville,
Kentucky--home of Yum! Brands corporate headquarters. Yum! is the parent
company to Taco Bell which is itself one of the most profitable fast food
chains in the world. Tomato pickers in Florida, organizing for better
working conditions and wages for over a decade, have called a boycott
against Taco Bell.

Most tomato pickers in Florida are migrant workers and are vulnerable to
exploitation. Aside from fighting for an increase in wages which have
stagnated for over 25 years, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have
helped to uncover multiple cases of modern day slavery.

Six Arrested At Oakland School District Headquarters
03/01/2005 OAKLAND RESIDENTS DEMAND MEETING WITH STATE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT
Six Arrested At Oakland School District Headquarters At 3:45 p.m. on
Tuesday, March 1st, six Oakland residents began a sit-in in the office of
the state administrator of the Oakland schools after their demand for a
meeting with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell was
refused. About 75 students, parents, teachers and labor activists rallied
outside. Photos

The Oakland Coalition to Defend and Improve Public Education is organizing
a Town Hall meeting for Tuesday, March 8th, from 6-8PM at the First
Congregational Church (2501 Harrison Street). The Oakland Education
Association has called for a rally at the Oakland State Building (1515
Clay Street) for Tuesday, March 15th, at 4PM.

Supreme Court Says No More Executions of Juveniles in the US
03/01/2005 UNITED STATES OUTLAWS EXECUTION OF PEOPLE WHO COMMITTED CRIMES
AS MINORS
Christopher Simmons Cannot Be Executed Because He Committed Crime When He
Was 17 3/1/2005: Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in
Roper v. Simmons, a case from the state of Missouri, that people who
committed capital crimes when they were under the age of 18 may not be
sentenced to death. By vote of 5–4, the court said that there is now a
"consensus" in American society that juveniles, along with the mentally
retarded, are "less culpable" for their crimes because they lack sound
judgment. The justices said that the "Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
forbid imposition of the death penalty on offenders who were under the age
of 18 when their crimes were committed." There are over 70 people on death
row in the United States who were sentenced based on crimes they committed
when they were under 18 years old.

Eddy Lepp Finally Gets a Day in Court
BAIL DENIED, EDDY LEPP STILL HELD AT SANTA RITA JAIL Eddy Lepp's next
court date will be March 14th at 9am. He is still being held, in lockdown,
at the Santa Rita Jail, and has been visited by very few people. Read more
He is facing multiple life sentences, as is Daniel Barnes.
03/01/2005

Lepp's federal defender, David Fermino, has explained in court that Lepp
is an ordained minister and represents a religious group and that his
prosecution "runs afoul of First Amendment and other Constitutional
protections." The Judge, who declined to release Eddy Lepp on bond, is
forwarding the case on to another magistrate. Eddy repeated an earlier
request that the jail allow his family to send him necessary denture
adhesive, to which the judge replied, "I don't control the prison, Mr.
Lepp." Daniel Barnes, who was also arrested on February 16th, was released
on bond on February 25th.


East Bay Vegetarian Feed-In Outside of KFC
03/01/2005 EBAA SERVES FAUX "TURKEY" AND DISTRIBUTES INFO IN OAKLAND
sampling faux turkey with BBQ sauce 2/26/2005: East Bay Animal Advocates
sponsored a vegetarian feed-in in front of the KFC at 470 Lake Park
Avenue, right by the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland. As a farmers' market
across the street offered an assortment vegetarian fair itself, volunteers
served vegetarian "turkey" to passers-by and distributed pamphlets with
information on the inhumane treatment of factory-farmed animals outside of
the fast food restaurant. A "feed-in" is one way that activists can engage
passersby in a friendly and inviting manner and offer vegetarian food that
they might not have tried otherwise. In this neighborhood in Oakland,
numerous people noted that they were already vegetarian including one man
and both of his children.

Protesters Observe Anniversary of Ouster of Aristide
02/25/2005 PROTESTS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND OTHER CITIES TO DEMAND ARISTIDE'S
RETURN TO HAITI
February 28th Protest Commemorate Demands End to Occupation of Haiti On
Monday, February 28th, the Haiti Action Committee held a rally and march,
to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the the U.S.-led coup in Haiti.
The coup occurred when a contingent of U.S. Marines kidnapped President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide from his residence, put him on a plane and expelled
him from the country. Hundreds of thousands have been driven into internal
exile, thousands have been killed in political violence and hundreds of
political prisoners have been incarcerated during the ensuing occupation..

The march targeted UN Plaza because the UN did not stabilize Haiti; the
San Francisco Chronicle because of its scant coverage of the story of the
situation in Haiti after the ouster of Aristide; the Chilean and Brazilian
consulates because Brazil, whose troops are mostly in Port-au-Prince,
leads the U.N. "peacekeeping" mission, while Chile has a large contingent
of troops in the north; the French Consulate because France was Haiti's
original colonizer and slave master, and Aristide's government demanded
restitution from France, which may have pushed France to join with the
U.S. and Canada to oust Aristide; and Dianne Feinstein because she has
ignored Barbara Lee's demand that the U.S. investigate the truth of the
manner in which Aristide was removed.

San Jose Marks One Year Since The Murder Of Rudy Cardenas
02/27/2005 SAN JOSE MARCH FOR RUDY CARDENAS
2/26/2005: A small march wound its way through the San Jose neighborhood
where a high-speed chase one year ago ended in the death of Rudy Cardenas,
at the hands of a State Narcotics Agent. Many in the hood talked with the
marchers about Rudy and how to get freedom from police violence. Some
joined the march.
Photos Of March And Interview With Rudy Cardenas' Nephew

Rudy Cardenas was shot and killed by State Narcotics Agent Michael Walker
on Februrary 17th, 2004. He was mistaken for David Gonzales, who was a
wanted parolee. Cardenas was shot in the back while pleading for his life.
Rudy Cardenas then lay on the concrete bleeding while officers held back
the paramedics for over a half an hour.

Water Board Gives Green Light for More Maxxam/PL Logging
02/26/2005 IMPAIRED WATERSHEDS WILL GET MORE LOGGING
Welcome to Freshwater Eureka, CA - Maxxam/Pacific Lumber will be allowed
to clear-cut more steep hillsides in the blighted Freshwater and Elk River
watersheds, the Regional Water board decided Friday. The decision flies in
the face of independent scientific data that shows logging by Maxxam/PL is
causing permanent damage to the two areas, which are listed as sediment
impaired under the Clean Water Act.

Lack of complete landslide data did not discourage the Regional Water
Quality Board from giving the controversial logging corporation the
go-ahead to log more timber. The Board began asking for the data last
summer as part of a year-long process to prepare permits for waste
discharge for PL logging operations scheduled to begin January 2005. A US
District Court found in October 2003 that sediment erosion running off
cut-over hillsides that clogs creeks and rivers constitutes a
"point-source" of pollution. PL’s refusal to turn over the data left them
without the necessary permits, and threats of bankruptcy ensued after the
company claimed a “log shortage."

02/25/2005 HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND SIX OTHERS ASSASSINATED IN COLOMBIA
2/25/2005: SOA Watch received news this week from the Colombia Support
Network of the murder of Luis Eduardo, one of the leaders of the San Jose
de Apartado Peace Community in Uraba, Colombia. Luis died with seven other
civilians, including three children, at the hands of the 11th Brigade of
the Colombian Army.

Luis Eduardo was a founding member of the San Jose de Apartado Peace
Community, a nonviolent community that has stood up to incredible
paramilitary and military repression and to targeting by all armed actors
in the region since its inception in 1997.

Oaks Theater Throws Out Union Workers
THEATER, UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP, ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE TO A NON-UNION SHOP
Report from the IATSE Local's Business Agent: The Oaks got an 11-month
contract keeping Richard at the same hours and benefits with $1.19 an hour
pay cut. The second part-time operator's job was lost. They demanded the
contract end on Richard's retirement date next January. "So, we will
probably be out there again next year."

February 22, 2005: After 80 years of union operators, the new owners of
the Oaks Theater in Berkeley have announced their decision to lay off the
theater's two union projectionists. The Oaks has been a union shop since
it first opened in 1925. The new owner has said that it wants to change to
a non-union shop and offered to dump one of the union projectionists and
keep the other at reduced hours as a non-union projectionist for a year
while he trains replacement workers.

People picketed the theater from Friday, February 18th through Tuesday,
February 22nd. On Tuesday, the company began negotiating with the union
and has made an offer to the union.

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