[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Monday April 30th 2007
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Indybay Weekly Update For Monday April 30th 2007
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* National Day of Protest for Immigrant Rights on May 1st
* Van Jones Speaks at UCSC on Growing Greener, Growing Together
* The Walling Off Of Baghdad Neighborhoods
* Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Somalia
* Root Force Makes a Stop in Watsonville
* Denim Day in Santa Cruz
* SFSU Students Protest Higher Fees And Privatization Of Education
* UC Berkeley Students Getting Organized
* "Arcata People Project" Encampment Attacked By Police
* A Portrait: 420 at UC Santa Cruz
* Impeachment Movement Heats Up with Beach Impeach #2
April 30th 1:00 PM: Angela Davis on Globalization: Problems and Solutions (Teach-In)
April 30th 8:00 PM: ROOT FORCE ROAD SHOW (Teach-In)
May 1st 7:30 AM: SF: May Day Morning Ride (Critical Mass)
May 1st 9:00 AM: Oakland: Immigration March (Protest)
May 1st 9:45 AM: Fruitvale: May Day IWW Contingent (Protest)
May 1st 10:00 AM: Sacto May Day actions (Protest)
May 1st 11:00 AM: Marcha por Immigrants Rigths! BERKELEY Primero de Mayo (Protest)
May 1st 11:00 AM: Santa Rosa: National May 1st Movement/Immigrants and Workers rights march (Protest)
May 1st 12:00 PM: Sonoma State: National Student Walkout to Promote Peace and Immigration Reforms (Protest)
May 1st 12:00 PM: SF May Day March, Immigrant and Citizen Workers Unite! (Protest)
May 1st 1:30 PM: Santa Cruz: MAY 1st DAY of Action, MARCH! (Protest)
May 1st 4:00 PM: Fresno: May Day Action - March and Rally (Protest)
May 1st 5:00 PM: Mountain View: Day Workers/Raging Grannies March & Rally (Protest)
May 1st 7:00 PM: The Oaks & The Gym - a Public Forum Featuring Ignacio Chapela, Gray Brechin, L (Teach-In)
More Events On Indybay's Calendar:
MayDay 2007 National Mobilization to Support Immigrant Workers
05/01/07 - immigrant rights
National Day of Protest for Immigrant Rights on May 1st
Tuesday, May 1st will be the first anniversary of the Great Boycott of 2006, in which immigrants led walkouts, boycotts, and protests all over the US. Protests will be held in cities such as Davis, Fresno, Modesto, Oakland, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco, and Watsonville. The ILWU will reportedly stop work in 6 west coast ports on May 1st, in part to support the Alcatraz ferry workers and their struggle against Hornblower Cruises. May 1st will also be a day of nationwide student walkouts.
Van Jones Speaks at UCSC on Growing Greener, Growing Together
Sustainability, Social Justice and the Future of the Progressive Movement
04/29/07 - santacruz
Van Jones spoke at UCSC on April 25, on "Growing Greener, Growing Together: Sustainability, Social Justice and the Future of the Progressive Movement." Van Jones is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a national organization in Oakland, CA, that has focused on positive alternatives to incarceration and violence in urban America.
The Walling Off Of Baghdad Neighborhoods
The Great Wall of Segregation
04/29/07 - iraq
The US military has ordered that at least 10 areas of Baghdad be entirely sealed off by walls. The western Baghdad district of Ghazaliyah has already been walled off. The 15,000 residents of the area are subjected to curfews and can only enter and leave through one checkpoint, where they are subjected to repeated identity checks and searches. Since April 10, US forces have been constructing a five-kilometer wall made of six-ton concrete sections along the highway dividing Adhamiyah from its Shiite neighbors. On April 23rd, residents the Sunni enclave demonstrated and shouted slogans against the wall and Prime Minister Al Maliki called for an end to construction, but the US military has said that it will continue building the walls.
Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Somalia
04/28/07 - international
Fierce clashes in Mogadishu are being described as some of the heaviest fighting in the city's history. Hundreds of people have been killed over the past two weeks and over a thousand died during fighting in the weeks before. The United Nations says more people - over 350,000 - have been displaced in Somalia in the past three months than anywhere else in the world.
Root Force Makes a Stop in Watsonville
Root Force Road Show Tours the Greater Bay Area
04/27/07 - santacruz
Root Force swept through Watsonville on April 26th for the first stop of their tour through the greater Bay Area. Root Force gave a presentation on the direct action campaign in solidarity with communities in Guerrero, Mexico and San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. These communities are resisting massive infrastructure expansion projects which are causing ecological devastation, massive dislocation and cultural disruption. The evening included live music, puppets, an excerpt from a film, and a slideshow. Root Force will continue on to Berkeley (4/29), San Francisco (4/30), San Jose (5/01) and Santa Rosa (5/02).
Denim Day in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz recognizes Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
04/27/07 - womyn | santacruz
Santa Cruz City Hall Courtyard hosted a jean art exhibit on April 25th as part of Denim Day in Santa Cruz. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and wearing denim, "Wear Your Jeans", is part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. Denim Day is about challenging myth-based injustice.
SFSU Students Protest Higher Fees And Privatization Of Education
San Francisco State University Students Walk Out
04/27/07 - education
On April 26th, students from San Francisco State walked out of classrooms to protest higher fees in education and the privatization of public education. Students first met at Malcolm X plaza and then marched towards the center of campus. More students began to file out of class and join the crowd. Later, the students went inside different buildings to encourage even more students to walk out. At the highest point of the protest there were about a thousand students marching.
UC Berkeley Students Getting Organized
Pending Agreement Between UC Berkeley and British Petroleum Continues to Draw Opposition
04/26/07 - education | eastbay
On April 26th, the Stop BP-Berkeley student group opposing the $500 million dollar contract between oil giant British Petroleum and the University of California Berkeley held its first teach-in on the issues surrounding the agreement. The 7pm teach-in on the UCB campus was webcast live on Indybay. Meanwhile, the newly-formed Phoenix coalition that emphasizes direct action to "Free the University of California" continues to occupy a redwood tree in the heart of the campus.
"Arcata People Project" Encampment Attacked By Police
Arcata Homeless Rights Encampment Attacked
04/25/07 - poverty | northcoast
On April 21st, activists from the Arcata People Project established an encampment in Arcata California. According to an organizer, the protest aimed to "reclaim common spaces and create awareness about the issue of homelessness in the country and the fact that folks just don't have a place to sleep and be safe." On April 25th, police raided the protest encampment and several homeless rights activists were attacked and arrested by the police. Homeless protesters are continuing their protest on the lawn in front of The Arcata City Hall, where they intend to stay until the city gives back the property siezed by the police in Wednesday's raid.
A Portrait: 420 at UC Santa Cruz
Students Repeat Long-time Tradition, Despite Police, Administrator Intimidation
04/25/07 - drugwar | education | santacruz
Every year on April 20, folks gather around North America to celebrate and smoke. UC Santa Cruz has historically had one of the largest gatherings around, a self-fulfilling prophesy of sorts, spurred on by UCSC's unique cultural history and the occassional spotlights from outside (like Rolling Stone Magazine a few years ago). Its a big community event - a place where thousands of people can bring a bunch of friends, musical instruments, frisbees, you name it, and just have fun. This year, cops and administrators attempted to intimidate students, but the party went on.
Impeachment Movement Heats Up with Beach Impeach #2
April 28th Day of Action to Demand Impeachment
04/21/07 - government
On Saturday, April 28th, people all over the country organized events calling for the impeachment of George Bush. On April 28th, thousands of people gathered at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to spell out the words "IMPEACH NOW!" with their bodies. CodePink then lead a 12pm march to Nancy Pelosi's house. There were also actions in Sacramento and other cities around the US that day.
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