[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Wednesday February 20th 2008
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Indybay Weekly Update For Wednesday February 20th 2008
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* The West Coast Tree-sit Raids
* Largest Beef Recall Ever After Video Exposes Downed Cow Abuse
* Over 130 Wild Buffalo Slaughtered with 145 More Facing Imminent Death
* Gender, Health Care and the Prison Industrial Complex
* San Francisco Judge Orders Wikileaks.org Offline
* Vigils in San Francisco and Fresno to Remember Lawrence "Larry" King
* Mourning in America
* Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace Speak in Santa Cruz
* UC Santa Barbara Students Against War Disrupt Army Biotech Conference
* Iraq Moratorium Day on Friday, February 15th
* Carissa Phelps Seeks Justice
* Berkeley Changes Anti-Recruitment Language
February 20th 6:30 PM: The Future of the Newsroom - New opportunities, collateral damage, effects on journalists (Panel Discussion)
February 20th 7:00 PM: SFSU Students Fighting the Fees! (Meeting)
February 22nd 12:00 PM: CodePINK:Breastfeeding Moms Playgroup at the M.R.S. (Concert/Show)
February 22nd 6:00 PM: Emeryville Critical Mass: MEET THE MAYOR (Critical Mass)
February 23rd 2:00 PM: 2nd Annual Sacramento Food Not Bombs/Eric McDavid Benefit Show (Concert/Show)
February 23rd 3:00 PM: 2/23 SF Solidarity Rally For "Freightliner Five" (Protest)
February 24th 5:00 PM: BERKELEY COMMUNITY MEETING on Aerial Spraying (Meeting)
February 24th 7:00 PM: "GIVE LOVE GIVE LIFE" with John Trudell (Speaker)
February 24th 7:00 PM: Recreate '68: Crash The DNC (Teach-In)
February 26th 7:00 PM: City of Oakland Hearing On Resolution Against Aerial Spraying (Meeting)
February 26th 7:00 PM: Aerial Spraying Presentation to City of Berkeley (Meeting)
More Events On Indybay's Calendar:
The West Coast Tree-sit Raids
Jeff Muskrat writes, "With the fall of the Bear Mountain tree-sit in Victoria, BC, it seems like this is a very crucial time for activists in the trees up and down the west coast. There are two campus trees-sits, one under attack right now at UC Berkeley and one at UC Santa Cruz. These actions are opposing the unnecessary development of greenspace."
Largest Beef Recall Ever After Video Exposes Downed Cow Abuse
The Humane Society of United States conducted a video-taped undercover investigation of Hallmark Meat Packing Company in Chino, California. The investigation documented cows unable to walk, known as "downed" cows, being rammed with the blades of a forklift, jabbed in the eyes, stabbed with electric prods and sprayed in the nose with high-pressure water hoses. Under federal regulations, only animals able to walk on their own can be used for meat.
Over 130 Wild Buffalo Slaughtered with 145 More Facing Imminent Death
GARDINER & WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT: Over 130 wild buffalo have been slaughtered by the National Park Service in Yellowstone since February 8th. They have captured a total of 275 and plan to slaughter all of them. George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM spoke with Stephany Seay of the Buffalo Field Campaign about the real reasons behind the slaughter, what they are doing to fight this and how people can get involved.
Gender, Health Care and the Prison Industrial Complex
On Thursday February 21st, Critical Resistance will present Gender, Health Care and the Prison Industrial Complex, at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, starting at 7:15pm. This will be the second in a series of monthly events that focus on different aspects of the prison industrial complex. This evening will feature speakers from Justice Now, Critical Resistance and Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
San Francisco Judge Orders Wikileaks.org Offline
A federal court in San Francisco has wiped whistleblower site Wikileaks.org offline, granting an injunction requested by lawyers for a Swiss bank, which is attempting to prevent the public from accessing allegations of illegal activity at the bank. On Feb. 18th, Judge Jeffrey S. White ordered Wikileaks.org's San Mateo-based domain registrar to "disable the wikileaks.org domain name" and to "immediately clear and remove all DNS hosting records for the wikileaks.org domain name."
Vigils in San Francisco and Fresno to Remember Lawrence "Larry" King
Vigils will be held across California this week to remember Lawrence "Larry" King, the 15 year old E.O. Green Junior High student who was shot on February 12th in Oxnard. Larry was declared brain-dead Wednesday after he was shot in the head twice by a fellow junior high student at school, and he was taken off life support three days later. According to friends, Larry was perceived to be gay and gender non-conforming and had been bullied at school. The suspect, a 14-year old student, has been charged with attempted murder, and the case is being prosecuted as a hate crime. Vigils will be held in San Francisco on Tuesday and in Fresno on Wednesday.
Mourning in America
Peace Fresno sponsored a Presidents' Day peace march on Monday, Feb. 18th. Organizers called it "Mourning in America" and about 150 marchers went from the Tower Theatre to the new Federal Building in downtown Fresno. There was an extremely heavy police presence at the march, but there were no incidents.
Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace Speak in Santa Cruz
On January 30th, Elik Elhanan and Bassam Aramin spoke to a crowd of about 80 people in the basement of the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz. They are both members of Combatants for Peace, an Israeli/Palestinian organization made up of former fighters that attempts to now use their experiences to bridge gaps in peoples' understanding of the conflict and work for nonviolent, just, and viable solutions to the conflict.
UC Santa Barbara Students Against War Disrupt Army Biotech Conference
Anti-war protesters celebrated on February 13th after having forced the US Army's Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) to cancel the second day of its annual conference at UC Santa Barbara. The day prior, over 500 UCSB students and Santa Barbara community members disrupted the conference to demand an end to UC complicity in weapons research designed to kill Iraqis in an illegal war. The ICB is a $50 million Army-funded research institute hosted by UCSB, with sub-contracts at MIT and Caltech.
Iraq Moratorium Day on Friday, February 15th
Friday, February 15th was Iraq Moratorium Day #6. The Iraq Moratorium is a community- based nationwide campaign to organize public displays of opposition to the war in Iraq on the third Friday of each month. Iraq Moratorium events include actions such as wearing black ribbons, calling Congress to say "Bring Home Our Troops," and coming together for protests and outreach events in cities all over the US. There were actions at military recruiting stations in Berkeley and Mountain View, and leafletting at Caltrain.
Carissa Phelps Seeks Justice
Carissa Phelps was 12 years old when she was forced into prostitution on the mean streets of Fresno. She has returned to Fresno to put a spotlight on the sexual exploitation of youth, which she says is still happening today. Telling her story is a part of the process.
Berkeley Changes Anti-Recruitment Language
On February 12th, the Berkeley City Council voted 7-to-2 to "clarify" an anti-recruitment resolution it had passed on January 29th. The original resolution stated that the U.S. Marine Recruiting Station near Berkeley High School "is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders." The new resolution states that the military recruiters have the legal right to stay and that while the city opposes the war and military recruitment, it supports the troops. Members of Code Pink say they now intend to place a resolution against the recruitment center on the local ballot.
Protesters had camped out overnight Monday to oppose changes to the Council's anti-recruitment stand. Several pro-war groups organized members to confront protesters in Berkeley on Tuesday. During afternoon protests, three high school students were arrested by the Berkeley police. No one on the pro-war side was arrested.
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