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20-30 people did a mic check in a downtown Pittsburgh Mcdonald's earlier today demanding fair wages and fair labor practices.
This action brought on by 3 Mcdonald's employees who arein this country on a work visa.
The visiting Mcdonald's employees were accompanied by local union members of Fight Back Pittsburgh, The United Steel Workers and SEIU 32BJ, and One Pittsburgh.
Today's mic check spilled into the sidewalk outside of the Smithfield street restaurant, brining the Pittsburgh Police and Allegheny County Sherrifs to the first organized protest requiring police attention for 6 months
Marine toxicologist, Riki Ott explains how local communities can protect the health of their citizens by banning harmful chemicals. A part of the "Making it Right for Real: Working together to Ban Dispersants and Make Democracy Work!" event on Feb 23rd.
update: May 2 2013
Fracking Ban Stands in New York Town; Victory for Local Communities
Did you know that money laundering is now legal?
Marine toxicologist, Riki Ott explains the timeline of corporate power grabs from ratifying the US constitution to citizens united. A part of the "Making it Right for Real: Working together to Ban Dispersants and Make Democracy Work!" event on Feb 23rd.
I've always been a generous tipper. I worked as a waitress a few times, long, long ago, and my daughter worked as a waitress for a living more than once. I am aghast when I see a table of 10 walk out leaving a 10% tip (sometimes less, sometimes nothing)...
Out here on the road, I stop at a lot of places where I might not normally eat. One night, it was getting late and we didn't have a place to stay. I made a call to my friends from South Carolina, Greg and Brady Gavan of Money with a Mission, and they treated us to a night in a motel in West Memphis. It was after 8 p.m. by the time we checked in, and I was starving. There was a Waffle House right next to the motel, so in I went. Wilma and I found a table and made ourselves comfortable. I was just off the Footprints for Peace walk against mountaintop removal in Kentucky. I was tired and maybe a little cranky, so I noticed that it took longer than I felt it should for the waitress to make her way to my table. I was just getting ready to start waving my arms or clinking my glass (not really, but some people DO do that, and I FELT like doing it) when I noticed the waitress, the only one in the joint, shuffling in my direction. She was moving slow, VERY slow, and when I looked down, her ankles were swollen the size of basketballs, too heavy, tired and painful for her to lift even an inch off the floor. When she reached my table, I looked into her passive face and couldn't help staring at the black bags under her eyes. She looked like a prizefighter, only I knew those bags weren't from any one blow. This woman had been dealt a knockdown punch by life itself.
Two years after the revolution in Egypt began, unrest continues across the country as the political and economic situation worsens. As the current government consolidates its power, the demands of the revolution may seem further away than ever. Still the revolution has opened up new spaces for political action, spurring public debate on issues that have gone unacknowledged and unresolved for too long.
Shot by @amandablackbrn on www.ustream.tv/theviewfromnunyaland in New Cumberland, West Virginia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nT3Ugig4xA&list=PLRiAee-Db9akaNrCQ4WEXQP...
....... [note] oops! I spelled Austerity wrong in the video...... This vidoe is also posted on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/RLvJeU_V8ZI [20 minute video]
Unpermitted March does not mean the police can now hurt the people for public safety!?
This is a video with clips taken from the recent 2.14.13 unpermitted One Billion Rising March, recently in Portland in which the police treated peacefully the unpermitted marchers *this time.
In contrast: There is out-takes added from May Day 2012 and from the N3 Austerity march in 2012 that were both unpermitted marches... where folks who were protesting were then pepersprayed, blocked and tackled by the police. [while in the street trying to march]
US sees ‘biggest-ever’ climate protest over Keystone XL pipeline
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC, on Sunday to protest the controversial Keystone XL project, which would see an oil pipeline run across the US Midwest.
The march’s organizers, environmental movement 350.org, estimated that 40,000 people from 30 states took part in the ‘Forward on Climate’ rally, described as the biggest climate march in US history; police have not yet provided an official estimate.
Protesters chanted "Keystone pipeline? Shut it down," as they marched around the White House, calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone proposal and follow through on climate pledges made during his inaugural
2/13/13 shot by @amandablackbrn in Pittsburgh, Pa
You are invited to a deep democracy training and strategic retreat. As part of the training, Marine Biologist Riki Ott will share templates for municipal ordinances and resolutions to ban toxic chemicals, including Corexit, as part of a national action. The same chemicals used in dispersants are also being used in the Fracking Process and are being mixed with the TarSands Oil to make it flow through pipelines. At the core of this presentation are the tools that towns, counties, municipalities etc can use to legally protect their communities from these highly toxic chemicals.
www.submedia.tv This Week: 1. Greece's civil war rages on 2. Egypt's Black Bloc 3. Steven Seagal joins la migra, well sort of 4. Camover Berlin's counter-surveillance game 5. Anonymous Pwns the Federal Reserve **Music Break: NWA's "100 Miles and Runnin'** 6.
By Dr. Woody,WWH/CJE -
Workers’ right of all kinds, and vital concessions wrung from the Bosses with workers’ blood over the last 150 years are being rescinded by legislatures kowtowing to business interests all over the country. It seems to Citizen Journalist, Dr. Woody Konopak, that those rescinding the advances should pay the same kind of price as those paid who won them in the first place.
Idle No More - Sacramento - Departure Song 1/26/2013
~ Earth First Presentation at NAASN
- Panagioti, “No System but the Ecosystem: Earth First! and Anarchism”
- Moderator: Jeff Brite
I was born on November 29th, 1980 in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio. I can’t call my own experiences “normal,” as my parents have always been the types of true Christians who would gladly give the shirts off their backs, yet whose good-Samaritan acts often made them targets by less stable people.
I was seven-years-old when my family lived on Moore’s Lane, located just off of 213. I remember my parents befriended the new neighbors, who were going through some difficult times financially; these were the Reagan years. They moved into the tiny house right next door to our tiny house. My parents bought them groceries, and they became fast friends. However, it didn’t take long for their personal struggles with mental illness and addiction to become the quiet talk of our little town. My parents, alarmed by the abusive arguments that happened nightly, told me to never ever go into their house, but the neighbor boy could come over to our house if he wanted to play. For a while he did. We were very good friends. Then his parents told him he wasn’t allowed to talk to me anymore.
One night we awoke to the smell of smoke. Someone had set my dad’s truck on fire. Ten days later, as we were in our car headed to church, we saw smoke billowing out of the chimney. Our house was engulfed in flames. We made it out with only the clothes on our backs. The fire was found to be arson, and the fire marshal at the time “lost” the evidence, which included jugs of gasoline covered with oily fingerprints.
Filmed on `1/12/13, The town of steubenville holds a rally in support of their kids who are allegedly being threatened by anonymous....however the rally seemed to me to be more about supporting the big red football team. I was harassed immediately upon arriving despite displaying my credentials as the 20 people at the rally claimed i was anonymous. 2 women were assigned to try and block my cameras to which they failed in that task.
Panel Presentation from the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference
experience is the best teacher
In 1980, Keith and seven friends started the first Food Not Bombs chapter in Cambridge, Massachusets. At first more of a street performance than a protest, the group provided entertainment and vegetarian meals in Harvard Square and the Boston Commons after making deliveries of uncooked food to most of the housing projects and shelters in the area. After eight years of serving free food in New England, Keith moved to San Francisco where he started a second Food Not Bombs group. He was one of nine volunteers arrested for sharing food and literature at Golden Gate Park on August 15, 1988. In the following years, Keith was arrested over 100 times for serving free food in city parks and spent over 500 nights in jail. He faced 25 years to life in prison under the California Three Strikes Law but in 1995, Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission brought about his release.
- Keith McHenry “The Anarchist Response to Sandy, Katrina, and the Global Economic Crisis”
- Moderator: Sean Walsh
By Crystal Zevon
As the country, and indeed, the world, mourns the tragic and unnecessary loss of so many young lives to the Newtown School Massacre, many peace activists and advocates for non-violence around the world are mourning another loss… the loss of a tireless advocate for peace and reconciliation, a blogger on this website, Mira Dabit.
I was sound asleep in my grandson’s bed when my cell phone woke me on December 15th at 12:30 a.m. Slightly annoyed, I answered the phone. It was my partner from Searching for Occupy, Denise Valdez. She was crying. No. She was sobbing. For a few moments, I listened to her crying. Then, she managed to blurt out, “Crystal, I have some bad news…” A pause. A sob. “Mira is dead.”
What? No. I must have heard that wrong. Mira, our Palestinian cohort from Occupy Washington, D.C. and Peace House, was only 27 years old. I just talked to her… what?... two weeks ago? She was excited about her newest endeavor ‘Love Music Hate Racism’. She was bubbling over in a characteristic burst of uninhibited enthusiasm…
Sadly, I did not hear it wrong. Mira, even when she phoned me, had been sick. Apparently, she had gone to the hospital a few times, but the last time she got fed up with the hours of waiting. She was Palestinian so, of course, she had to line up in the uninsured queue. She left before seeing a doctor and died a few hours later.
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