[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Wednesday March 21st 2007
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Indybay Weekly Update For Wednesday March 21st 2007
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* Judge Dismisses Two Charges Against Ed Rosenthal
* Civil Disobedience Actions On 4th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq
* Nonviolent Direct Action At Chevron Headquarters
* March 18th Mass Anti-War Protests
* Increasing #s of P.V. Parents Choose to Protect Student Privacy From Military Recruiters
* Gay Shame Plans to Observe ACT UP Anniversary in the Castro
* Barack Obama Campaigns at Huge Rally in Oakland
* Bush Makes Propaganda Tour of Latin America
* Imprisoned Video Journalist Josh Wolf Captured on Video
* Sacramento Train Trestle Fire
* Fault Lines #20 Sizzles....
* Rally for First Contested Teacher Union Election in 14 Years!
* "Camp Pelosi" Turning Up the Heat to Defund War
March 21st 9:30 AM: March from Pelosi's House to the San Francisco Federal Building (Protest)
March 21st 11:30 AM: Pelosi Watch / Code Pink Press Conference and weekly Teach-In (Teach-In)
March 21st 12:00 PM: Defund the War and Bring the Troops Home Now Press Conference and Teach-In @ Pelosi's (Press Conference)
March 21st 6:00 PM: Testimonios de un pueblo en lucha / Testimonies from a people in struggle (Concert/Show)
March 21st 7:30 PM: Citizen Journalism With Dan Gillmor (Panel Discussion)
March 22nd 6:30 PM: America We Believe In: Closing GuantÃ¡namo (Screening)
March 23rd 6:30 PM: Iran: the Danger of War -- Our Challenge: to Prevent It (Panel Discussion)
March 23rd 7:00 PM: Forum & Discussion: Latin America Resists! / U.S. vs. Iran (Panel Discussion)
March 24th 3:00 PM: Indybay Website Orientation and Meeting (Meeting)
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Judge Dismisses Two Charges Against Ed Rosenthal
Federal Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Vindictively Prosecuted
03/20/07 - drugwar
On Wednesday, March 14th, it was announced that two charges against Ed Rosenthal were dismissed. Federal District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled that Rosenthal, who is an author and medical marijuana activist, was vindictively prosecuted, and dismissed charges of tax evasion and money laundering. The remaining marijuana charges against Rosenthal are virtually identical to those pursued against him in his 2003 trial. Rosenthal's trial has been continued, and a status conference will be held on April 13th at 11:00am.
Civil Disobedience Actions On 4th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq
Protests Around the US Demand Stop to US Funding of War on Iraq
03/19/07 - antiwar
Several hundred activists turned out in downtown San Francisco on March 19 to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. More than 50 protesters were arrested taking part in "die-ins" that blocked Market Street throughout much of the afternoon.
The die-ins began at noon at four locations along Market Street, including Civic Center and the corner of Montgomery Street outside the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, a consistent supporter of the war. At the Montgomery intersection, 100 activists died-in on the sidewalk. At about 1 pm, half the group moved onto Market Street, blocking traffic for about half an hour. After several warnings, about 40 protesters lying in the street were arrested, including 76-year-old Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.
Eleven military family members and veterans were arrested by federal police at Nancy Pelosi's office after they met with Pelosi staff to express their opposition to Pelosi's plan to continue funding the War in Iraq,. The group included veterans who had served in Iraq and mothers whose sons are in Iraq now and others whose sons have served multiple deployments.
Nonviolent Direct Action At Chevron Headquarters
4 Years of War for Oil -- Enough! Basta!
03/12/07 - antiwar
On the morning of March 19th a nonviolent direct action took place at Chevron World Headquarters, 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon. Protesters demanded an end to Chevron's oil crimes from Richmond to Iraq, saying "No blood for oil! Climate justice now! and Stop war, end empire!" About 100 people participated, from locking themselves to "oil" barrels in order to block one entrance to Chevron's headquarters to participating in street theater.
March 18th Mass Anti-War Protests
Protests in Large and Small Cities to Commemorate 4th Iraq War Anniversary
03/18/07 - antiwar
The 4th anniversary of the US-led war on Iraq is being commemorated March 16th through March 19th. Local vigils took place on Friday and Saturday, and a big ANSWER march took place in San Francisco on Sunday. The SF march started with a rally at noon in Justin Herman Plaza. Around 1pm, protesters marched up Market St. for another rally in Civic Center Plaza.
Protests took place in cities across California, including Eureka, Arcata, Chico, Sacramento, Fresno, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, San Jose, and Los Angeles, as well as around the country.
2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. On Saturday March 17th, people from around the country gathered in Washington, DC to march on the Pentagon and demand that the US get out of Iraq now .
Increasing #s of P.V. Parents Choose to Protect Student Privacy From Military Recruiters
Two Thirds of Watsonville and Aptos High School Parents Are âOpting Outâ
03/19/07 - antiwar | education | santacruz
On the fourth anniversary of the War in Iraq, statistics recently released by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) are showing that an increasing number of parents in the Pajaro Valley are choosing to âopt outâ of having their high school childâs information released to military recruiters.
Gay Shame Plans to Observe ACT UP Anniversary in the Castro
Eviction Realtor Tour Planned for March 29th
03/18/07 - lgbtqi
In solidarity with ACT UP NYâs 20 year anniversary action, Gay Shame has planned "a festive die-in and real estate tour of the ever-so-scary Castro" for Thursday, March 29th at 12pm sharp at 18th and Castro Streets. The action is being organized around the idea of âHealthcare and Housing for ALL!â The Castro has recently been called the AIDS eviction capital of the world. Throughout San Francisco, people with AIDS, and other low-income residents, have been forced out of their homes to make way for remodeling, owner move-ins and condo conversions.
Barack Obama Campaigns at Huge Rally in Oakland
Over 10,000 Attend Barack Obama's First Bay Area Campaign Appearance
03/18/07 - government
A month after declaring his entry into the 2008 presidential race, Illinois Senator Barack Obama appeared in Oakland for a massive campaign rally on St. Patrick's Day. Well over 10,000 people packed into Frank Ogawa Plaza to hear him make his case for why he should be elected President of the United States. While the first democratic primary isn't until January 2008 and the general election isn't until November later that year, the diverse crowd cheered Barack Obama as if he were a candidate in the final stretch of an election. Video and Photos
Bush Makes Propaganda Tour of Latin America
President Meets with Protest at Every Stop
03/17/07 - international | americas
President Bush stopped in countries where he would meet the least opposition: Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico. He nonetheless encountered criticism and protest at every step. In Colombia, demonstrators turned out in BogotÃ¡ despite massive numbers of police and soldiers who tried to enforce a ban on protest. Indymedia Colombia writes: "The more than 3,000 protesters here, in one of the most important crossroads of the presidential tour, demonstrated the resistance with which this unwanted visit was met."
Imprisoned Video Journalist Josh Wolf Captured on Video
Local Cable Program to Broadcast Video to Refute Judge and Prosecutor
03/16/07 - indymedia
Bay Media Lab host Howard Vicini will present video evidence during a Friday March 16th broadcast on San Francisco cable access covering the case against Josh Wolf. The video is consistent with Wolf's assertion that he was there as journalist covering the event despite statements made by the prosecutor and the judge that called into question Wolf's status as a journalist. The live broadcast will feature discussion among media activists and journalists concerning the Wolf case and others that have resulted in journalists facing federal subpoenas and the prospect of jail time.
Sacramento Train Trestle Fire
Hundreds lined American River levee to watch
03/15/07 - environment | centralvalley
The American River parkway in Sacramento includes a bike trail along the river that is a 24 mile stretch from downtown Sacramento to the Folsom dam. The bike trail runs directly through and under the elevated 300 foot long railroad trestle near the REI store and the Sacramento Fair grounds. The fire started today around 5:30. The trestle is made of creosote soaked wood. The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this reporting. Between the sign and the smoke in the first picture in the newswire post is the Capital City freeway, which came to a near stand still due to drivers observing the fire. Photos
Fault Lines #20 Sizzles....
SF Bay Area Indymedia Center's Newsmagazine Hits the Streets
03/14/07 - indymedia
Fault Lines, the bi-monthly newsmagazine of Indybay, has just released another issue of radical political analysis and social commentary. Fault Lines #20 features exclusive articles on war resistors, squat riots, Climate Change, resistance to CAFTA, UC Berkeley's corporate sell-out and much more. Free issues of Fault Lines are available at various locations throughout the Bay Area. PDF of Issue 20
Rally for First Contested Teacher Union Election in 14 Years!
Teachers and Students Speak the Truth about Mandated Programs
03/14/07 - education | santacruz
Francisco Rodriguez, Candidate for President, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, and Jennifer Laskin, Candidate for Executive Vice President of Alternative Ed, rallied on March 13th, 2007, to inform teachers of the campaign to elect Rodriguez for PVFT President in the first contested election in the union since 1993. With handmade signs and chants eliciting honks from passers by, the group called attention to this year's Teachers Union Election. "I believe it is time to have real communication, accountability and collaboration, not only within our Local, but with the other CFT Locals in the Monterey Bay" said Rodriguez.
"Camp Pelosi" Turning Up the Heat to Defund War
Vigil in Front of House Speaker's SF house and Teach-In at Her Office
03/14/07 - antiwar
Members of the Ghandi Peace Brigade and Code Pink have been holding vigil outside of Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco residence demanding that the Speaker of the House stop funding the war. On March 13th, SF police ordered that Camp Pelosi tear down their tent but the activists are holding strong, refusing to leave, and they are asking others to join them. A teach-in was held on 11:30am on March 14th at Pelosi's office in the SF Federal Building. Photos and Report: 1 | 2
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