By Adam Bahner ;
Maybe the tempest of blue-on-black homicide hasn't rained down on you.
But the police slayings of unarmed black men that continue to grip America are a sinister eulogy; burying hope with one hand and exhuming a
twisted justice with the other. As a black man, whatever that means, I'd
better give you my take on things. If I get shot by the police, you'll never hear it like it happened.
MICHELLE SHEPHARD ;
STAFF REPORTER ; Toronto Star
A telephone conversation or casual meeting with someone under investigation by officers with the RCMP may be all it takes to be entered in a national security database.
(Ontario Premier) Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals are having a BBQ: OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) is inviting itself!
Meet in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Gerrard)
Saturday August 28th, 11:00am
Meal and Transportation Provided
We will not allow the Liberal Party to gather in decadence while people's pockets are kept empty by their lies. We are issuing a call to all those McGuinty has kicked in the teeth to help us make August 28 a day he will wish he'd never marked on his social calendar.
So much for democracy
by Robert Fisk; UK Independent; July 08, 2004
Seventeen months after the Anglo-American invasion in which President George Bush promised to bring democracy to Iraq, the country's American-approved Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, yesterday introduced legislation allowing the Iraqi authorities to impose martial law, curfews, a ban on demonstrations, the restriction of movement, phone-tapping, the opening of mail and the freezing of bank accounts.
Military leaders may be appointed to rule parts of Iraq. A temporary reinstatement of Saddam Hussein's death penalty is also now probable. Already, therefore, Iraq has begun to look just like any other Arab country. But the insurgency, which the laws are supposedly intended to break, exploded in gunfire in the very centre of Baghdad just as the new legislation was announced.
Today, the olympics concentrate the state's effort to deepen its authority in society, repressing all those resisting its plans. But this campaign is not adequate to instill fear, discourage and deter the multiform expressions of social and class struggle. On the contrary, it is a condition highlighting the necessity to intensify and spread this struggle in every front the bosses are opening with their aggression and in every front they try to close to their account.
FOREST GROVE, B.C. - Protesters occupying the Forest Grove school near 100 Mile House are getting more a boost from organized labour.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees has declared its support, saying the B.C. Liberal government is gutting the infrastructure of small towns.
Capital and the state have the gloves off. There are no labour entitlements they feel bound to recognize and endorse. Class war is as brutal now as it was in the 1930s, and it will be won in the same way: whoever holds strongest and most resolute stands the best chance. In this kind of a contest labour is always disadvantaged, for capital and the state have much in their corner while labour only has its solidarity, its collectivity, its numbers and its productive power. But that is neither something to understate nor to squander.
For 22 years Mumia (Abu-Jamal) has lived, locked down under threat of death as the result of a fraudulent, politically driven frame-up. Mumia is a revolutionary journalist who has continued to write the truth from behind bars, inspiring a whole new generation of resistance -- in this country and internationally. He has never given up in despair or begged for a break. If Mumia is murdered by the state, he would be the first Black revolutionary legally executed for his political beliefs since the days of slavery, and this would accelerate the government's attempts to terrorize all who would resist.
"I'm not taking the money," said Carrie Dann, a tribal member active in the Western Shoshone Defense Project in Crescent Valley. "That land is sacred to us. This Earth is our mother. It's not for sale."
all articles found on cbc.ca except #9 from Ontario's 'Belleville Intelligencer' www.intelligencer.ca
1. Pig who killed Jeff Berg strangled black woman.
2. Edmonton Pig faces 15 charges.
3. NDP goof calls for more pigs.
4. Pigs over-react to pellet gun.
5. Immigration stops mom from attending wedding.
6. Pigs watching Montreal Mayor.
7. Seven Toronto Pigs face 51 charges.
8. Toronto Pig Shot
9. Belleville Pigs Investigated for Murder
The New American Apartheid Part IV
by Randall Shelden and William B. Brown; http://www.sheldensays.com/; June 22, 2004
The Impact on Black Families and Communities
Although precise data are hard to come by, we can easily infer from the discussion in the first three parts of this series that recent developments have had a negative impact on black communities in general and families in particular. The inner-cities of America have been the most negatively affected by these changes. The movement of capital out of the inner cities ("capital flight") corresponded to the phenomenon of "white flight" and the exodus of many middle class minorities, the decline of the tax base for these areas and the increasing concentration of the poor were left behind. There has also been a corresponding decline in federal funding for social programs, particularly those targeting the urban underclass. This largely occurred during the 1980s with the dawn of a "privatization" movement, a system aiming to replace federal assistance with private sector methods of solving urban problems. Among the specific types of programs that suffered included aid to disadvantaged school districts, housing assistance, financial aid to the poor, legal assistance to the poor and social services in urban areas in general.
Australia's Dark Secret
First published in the New Statesman - www.newstatesman.co.uk
by John Pilger; July 07, 2004
On a hot, steamy morning last February.....Thomas Hickey died. Seventeen-year-old Thomas, or "TJ" as he was known in the Aboriginal community of Redfern, was chased by police, lost control of his bike and was impaled on an iron fence. The police deny that version, and not a single Aborigine believes them. The Block is an Aboriginal ghetto where the police impose a siege; few Aboriginal youngsters walk down his street without being stopped; almost all of them have been arrested.
Aborigines comprise less than three per cent of the Australian population, and 60 per cent of the inmates of the country's prisons; and once inside, many die by their own hand, and some are beaten to death.
Hardening attitudes toward refugees
Immigration agents play hardball.
Canada deporting refugee children to very troubled countries
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Seventeen-year-old Sadaf Khan went to hospital in Montreal on election day
after starting to cough up blood. Doctors think she might have bleeding
ulcers. If you were in her shoes, you would probably be suffering from
ulcers as well.
At an age when Canadian children are expected to be facing nothing more
traumatic than final exams and proms, Sadaf has had to assume the public
defence of her parents and three younger siblings. Because of her fluent
French and English, this award-winning student has been eloquently
pleading at press conferences for someone from Immigration Canada to spare
her family from deportation and a fate too awful to contemplate.
WebPosted Jul 6 2004 08:23 AM PDT cbc.ca
Thomas handcuffed and dragged Berg, and he testified he tried to kick him three times - but he doesn't have a clear recollection of what happened next.
NUMEROUS ARTICLES ON INVESTIGATIONS INTO TORONTO POLICE from CBC.CA
Three separate investigations involving Toronto Police officers have rocked the department in 2004, raising questions about how the force polices itself.
In one case, drug squad officers are alleged to have beaten and robbed suspected drug dealers. In another, plainclothes officers are charged with accepting bribes to help bars dodge liquor inspections. In the third, a group of officers who advocated on behalf of a drug-addicted car thief face internal charges.