The NO ONE IS ILLEGAL MARCH ON OTTAWA will begin in less than three short
weeks! The march, organized by Solidarity Across Borders in Montreal, will
begin on June 18 and walk from Montreal to Ottawa (over 200 kilometres),
arriving on June 25.
The four basic demands of the Solidarity Across Borders network are: the
regularization of all non-status people in Canada; an end to deportations;
an end to detentions; and the abolition of security certificates.
Solidarity Across Borders is a Montreal-area campaign initiated by several
groups active in defending the rights of migrants, immigrants and
refugees. The majority of groups within Solidarity Across Borders are
self-organized committees of persons directly affected by repressive
anti-immigrant and "anti-terrorist" laws and regulations.
A Fundraising Appeal for an Independent MEDIA Initiative....!
This is a call for financial support and solidarity for an independent media initiative of CKUT Radio's Community News Collective in Montreal, with the collaboration of the Electronic Intifada, Free Speech Radio News and members of the Independent Media Center in Beirut.
Between June & September 2005, Stefan Christoff, an independent journalist and
community organizer in Montreal, will travel to Lebanon to produce written, audio, and visual reports on present-day struggles for social justice in Lebanon. He will be the Electronic Intifada's "Special Correspondent" in Lebanon. Christoff will also be producing regular radio reports for Free Speech Radio News and recording material for a radio documentary series to be produced at CKUT Radio in Montreal and distributed to community radio stations throughout the world in the fall of 2005.
According to Cuba's Prensa Latina news service, the junior imperialists in Ottawa are hosting a conference in Montreal on just what to do with Haiti, over two days, June 16th and 17th -- days which just happen to coincide with the CLC's (Canadian Labour Congress) week-long national convention in the very same city...
This seems to be a tailor-made opportunity for north american Labor and activists to stick it to canadian & U.S. imperialism in a big way, and finally do haitians the good turn they've waited so long for.
"Israel's Walter Cronkite, a respected TV journalist who has delivered the
main evening news since 1968, has stepped out from behind the shield of
measured neutrality with an angry indictment of Israel's settlement policy
and occupation of the Palestinians."
"Haim Yavin's five-part documentary -- part one was being broadcast Tuesday --
prompted calls from settlers for his dismissal, but could also mark a
watershed in how the nation views its four-decade rule over Palestinians."
"My sources in Baghdad...said there have been fierce clashes today in the al-Amiriya district of Baghdad between resistance fighters and Iraqi and US soldiers. 'Open gun battles in the streets,' as one friend told me, 'And as soon as the Iraqi and US soldiers leave the area, the resistance takes it back over'....Keep in mind that all of this is against the backdrop of well over 50 per cent unemployment, horrendous traffic jams, and an infrastructure in shambles that continues to degrade with next to no reconstruction occurring in Baghdad."
"'I had put the Tylenols in my mouth when someone grabbed my throat and shoulder and literally dragged me out of the car,' said Woodward. 'There were two officers. One slammed me into a wall face first, and yelled 'Spit it out!' 'When I spit out the pills, my teeth came out as well.' Woodward suffered serious cuts to his left hand and right shoulder, and his stomach started to bleed from old injuries that split open."
COME TO OUR WCB DEMONSTRATION RALLY WEDNESDAY JUNE 1/2005
We will be celebrating Willi's 3rd week of protest in the tree. This is a big media event who said they will be there to cover the story. It starts between 5pm on Wednesday and ends at 7pm. For more details drop by the protest site, or call Jennifer at 1-604-807-9638
There will be a huge amount of people! Willi counts on you showing up. Please bring your friends and family.
The website is: www.wcbprotest.com
"Remember when you were a kid traveling with your parents, and you had to pee, and you had to hold it in until the next stop? Remember the pain you would endure and how it got to a point where you could think of nothing else as you waited to pee? Well, homeless folks potentially go through that experience several times a day. One of the worst parts of being homeless is the illegality of bodily functions in society. Not only are public bathrooms nearly nonexistent, but urinating (peeing) and defecating (shitting) in public is also illegal, for obvious health reasons. This issue of bathroom access for the homeless is a huge one."
by Chris Anderson;
The Indypendent (New York City)
"The whoops and hollers grew louder as thousands of bicyclists streamed from the West Side Highway through the Battery underpass. It was a warm, summer night and there were no cars, no angry SUVs, no impatient taxicabs. The 20-block-long procession had tied Midtown in knots and moved on. As the cyclists emerged from their underground echo chamber onto the FDR, they looked out over the East River and saw a full moon rising over the Brooklyn skyline."
"On May 23, some 5,000 Bolivian coca growers (cocaleros) from the
Chapare region of Cochabamba department arrived in La Paz after a
four-day, 200-kilometer march from the town of Caracollo in Oruro
department to press for national control of oil and natural gas
resources and the convening of a constitutional assembly. The
Federation of Neighborhood Committees (FEJUVE) in the neighboring
city of El Alto began an open-ended general strike the same day.
As the cocaleros passed through El Alto into La Paz, El Alto's
oganized indigenous majority chanted demands for 'not 30%, nor
50% royalties--nationalization!' Bolivia's popular movements are
pressing for full nationalization of hydrocarbons resources,
while Movement to Socialism (MAS) leader Evo Morales, who headed
the cocalero march, has reaped harsh criticism for his compromise
proposal that the government increase gas royalties to 50%."
"Could the hypothesis be true that Muslims, despite their alleged backwardness, had access to TV news, print media and the Internet and might've accidentally run across hundreds of photos of physically humiliated and sexually abused Iraqi prisoners? Could it be possible that they learned of harrowing testimonies of former prisoners at Guantanamo detailing what numerous human rights groups unhesitatingly described as 'war crimes?'"
Three out of four Ontario residents agree that communities are better off when governments and not private companies provide public services, according to poll results released by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
"The capitalist perversion of 'donations,' 'free,' and 'tips,' have now rendered new definitions for those old concepts and words. When I was young, people tipped according to the quality of service rendered. Tipping was voluntary and it actually was 'earned.' Nowadays, if a person simply hands you a cup of coffee, from less than a foot away, they glare if you do not tip. My assessment of this is capitalist employers are using 'tips' as a supplement to substandard wages, forcing employees to aggressively panhandle, really, under the guise of 'voluntary tipping.' Another dirty capitalist ploy is advertising something as 'free,' but blocking all entrances to the event with aggressive 'donations' volunteers who literally will not let you enter the event without glares and often a scene, if you actually try to go to the 'free' event without paying. Often 'suggested donation' really means 'admission price,' and I wish people would be honest and just say what they mean."
"[I]n 2001 a BROWN Australian citizen, Vivian Alvarez (Solon) (married name Vivian Young), was taken from a Lismore hospital (in a wheel chair, confused from mental illness and with her head bandaged from car accident injuries) and fairly promptly and secretly deported by plane to the Philippines. She was not heard of since UNTIL LAST WEEK (when, thanks to media reportage, she was fortuitously found to be in a Catholic hospice in the Philippines), even though Immigration became aware of their mistake several years ago. Vivian Alvarez has family in Australia including her 2 young children. The conservative government refuses to have a proper judicial inquiry."
"Afghan Women's Mission recently asked RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) what they thought of the anti-US protests in Afghanistan, the desecration of the Koran, and the prisoner abuses. The answer of RAWA member Selay is printed below."