[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday April 10th 2008
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Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday April 10th 2008
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* Olympic Torch Protests Come to San Francisco
* Santa Cruz Wells Fargo Paint Bombed
* Films and Presentation on Oaxaca Today with SimÃ³n Sedillo
* Plan Presented at Second Meeting to Save the Beach Flats Community Garden
* Aerial Spray Program Imposed by CDFA May Violate Human Rights and Incur Liabilities
* Labor Complaints Point to Human Rights Abuses at Lakeside Organics
* Police Raid D-Q University: Eighteen Students, Elders and Supporters Arrested
* Medical Cannabis Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years, But Set Free to Wait for Appeal
* Friends of Brad Will Release Secret Documents of Proposed US/Mexican Military Aid
* U.S. Occupation Backs Shia Civil War
* Vigilantes, Poverty Pimps, and Bulldozers
April 10th 12:00 PM: CodePINK Breastfeeding Playgroup for Peace at the MRS (Protest)
April 10th 5:00 PM: Justice4 Casper Banjo Rally at Oakland City Hall (Protest)
April 10th 5:00 PM: Legacies of Oppression, Legacies of Revolution (Teach-In)
April 10th 5:30 PM: Poverty Truth Commission (Teach-In)
April 10th 6:30 PM: Saybrook's Sustainable Systems Event (Training)
April 10th 7:00 PM: Cuba Caravan & Oaxaca Film Event (Screening)
April 10th 7:00 PM: Tom Hayden reads at City Lights (Speaker)
April 10th 7:00 PM: âComfort womenâ-- From sex slaves to international human rights warriors (Speaker)
April 10th 7:00 PM: Alternatives to the Aerial Spray Program: Supporting Local Food and Farms (Panel Discussion)
April 15th 6:30 PM: Amy and David Goodman: Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (Speaker)
April 16th 7:30 AM: No Military Predators in Our Town - SHUT DOWN M.R.S. (Protest)
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Olympic Torch Protests Come to San Francisco
On Wednesday, April 9th, the Olympic Torch came to San Francisco. The Olympics will be taking place between August 8th and 24th in Beijing, China. Many human rights groups are concerned that China is cracking down on dissidents ahead of the games. Some pro-Tibetan organizations have called for a boycott of the Olympics, and organizations such as Amnesty International are upset with China's involvement in the crises in Darfur and Burma. Thousands of people gathered in an Francisco to either cheer or protest, but few saw the torch as the relay did not go along the announced route and the closing ceremony was cancelled. One torchbearer tried to display a Tibetan flag but the SFPD quickly took the torch from her and pushed her onto the sidewalk.
Santa Cruz Wells Fargo Paint Bombed
anonymous anarchists write, "A Wells Fargo in downtown Santa Cruz was paintbombed during the night. Wells Fargo invests in the GEO Group, the contractor which runs the gulag in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In addition to running GTMO, the GEO Group is also contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to run its immigration detention facilities."
Films and Presentation on Oaxaca Today with SimÃ³n Sedillo
On April 6th, 7th and 9th,, filmmaker SimÃ³n Sedillo will lead bilingual multi-media presentations in San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Cruz that include scene selections from three films, "El Enemigo ComÃºn" (2005), "El Machete" (2007) and "Paz Sin Justicia" (2008), in order to illustrate neoliberal atrocities and community based resistance to them in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Plan Presented at Second Meeting to Save the Beach Flats Community Garden
The second public meeting to save the Beach Flats Community Garden took place on April 3rd. At the meeting, the gardeners put forward a bilingual plan for the garden to be managed by the gardeners. Reyna Ruiz of the Beach Flats Community Center said that the plan was something that she could work with and present to the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation as well as the Seaside Company which claims ownership over the land. The gardeners asked Brent, a supportive neighbor of the garden, to accompany Reyna when she presents the plan to the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation Department.
Aerial Spray Program Imposed by CDFA May Violate Human Rights and Incur Liabilities
A groundbreaking independent report prepared by the Environment and Human Rights Advisory outlines 23 international human rights that may be violated by the aerial spraying program conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the Light Brown Apple Moth. These are in addition to other potential violations of US and California constitutions and state statutes.
Labor Complaints Point to Human Rights Abuses at Lakeside Organics
In the fall of 2007, workers at Lakeside Organics in Santa Cruz County filed numerous complaints against their employer, including denied breaks and unpaid overtime totaling more than $10,000, sexual and discriminatory harassment, unsafe working conditions, lack of medical compensation for job related injuries, and "dumping" injured workers. Long drawn-out legal efforts to hold Lakeside Organics accountable for its labor abuses have highlighted the discrepancy in legal resources between the laborers and the corporation. Traditional legal support systems for migrant laborers such as California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) have been systematically targeted and de-funded by corporate interests that the government has come to represent.
Police Raid D-Q University: Eighteen Students, Elders and Supporters Arrested
At 9:45 in the morning of March 31st, a large force of Yolo County Sheriffs stormed the buildings at D-Q University, battering their way into the hallway of the large dorm with guns drawn, and arresting 18 students, community supporters, and elders. In a similar incident on February 20th, Sheriff's deputies came onto the sovereign campus and arrested three students. The students arrested on February 20th have their court date on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:30am at the Woodland Courthouse and they have put out a call for supporters to attend. The court date for the 18 people arrested on March 31st is not yet known.
Medical Cannabis Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years, But Set Free to Wait for Appeal
On March 19th, Dr. Marion "Mollie" Fry and Dale Schafer walked out of a US Court in Sacramento free on bail pending appeal after being sentenced to a five-year mandatory minimum for conspiracy to cultivate and dispense medical cannabis. US District Judge Frank Damrell deplored the sentence as a "tragedy" that should "never have happened." Judge Damrell released the defendants on bail. Doctor Fry has stopped writing medical cannabis recommendations as a condition for release.
Friends of Brad Will Release Secret Documents of Proposed US/Mexican Military Aid
The international network demanding accountability for the murder of US journalist Brad Will released secret documents detailing proposed military support for Mexican security forces implicated in murder, torture and continuing arbitrary detentions.
U.S. Occupation Backs Shia Civil War
Fighting between Iraqi government forces and militias loyal to Moqtada Sadr erupted March 25th in Basra. Fighting quickly engulfed Baghdad's Sadr City and spread to other towns. On March 28th, US planes bombed alleged Mehdi Army positions both in Basra and in Baghdad. Despite the US intervention, government troops were unable to pierce Mehdi Army defenses or over-run their positions. The police force in Basra suffered numerous mutinies. On Sunday, March 30th, Sadr called on followers to cease offensive operations in an apparent deal with Maliki's political party negotiated in Iran without Maliki's own support.
Vigilantes, Poverty Pimps, and Bulldozers
2008 has not started out very good for homeless people in Fresno. While there is talk by city officials to make improvements, things have actually gotten worse.
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