Archive | October, 2010

Bannerdrop: Greenpeace Gets Weird

19 Oct


Four Greenpeace activists scaled the UK’s Treasury building and dropped a banner demanding that the chancellor provide a green investment bank. They say such a move could provide tens of thousands of new jobs. The banner read: “Remember George, green bank = new jobs.”
This move is weird on many levels, because Greenpeace is skirting the most Greenwashing of industries—investment banking. Furthermore, “green capitalism” ignores many urgent needs of the Global South, namely the counter-proposals to Western Industrialism conceived during the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Cochabamba, Bolivia this year, which sited Capitalism as the number 1 structural cause of Climate Change.
The proposal for Green Banks is similar to Greenpeace’s failure to support First Nations groups in Canada by selling out the Boreal Forest earlier this year.

ALF Action Around the World, New Fur Farm Intelligence in USA

18 Oct

The ALF shut down another hen farm in Mexico, and then burnt it to the ground.

In Spain, a battery hen farm was raided and 22 hens liberated.
Finally, US fur farm intelligence has been updated. Click on the above link for more info on a fur farm near you!
In Hawaii, traps were removed from a forest and then destroyed, and in Mexico an abused rabbit was liberated from a cage. Every liberation is a meaningful liberation. According to the communique, “The rabbit is now living free in a field on the outskirts of our city. We want to send a fraternal greeting to our comrade Braulio Arturo Duran Gonzales, VEGAN STRAIGHT EDGE comrade imprisoned by the Mexican state, accused of setting fire to ATM machines in the HSBC bank branch in the city of Leon…. a fallen brother is a brother who will be remembered with each rescued animal, with each fire set or explosion triggered; likewise, we will continue with our strategy of direct action in this city, because the freedom of animals is not achieved by asking permission; go in and open the cages!”

Save the Wacissa River and Springs from Nestle Water

18 Oct


by WACISSA River on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
All of our suspicions have now been confirmed as true. Last week a couple citizens from Wacissa and a couple of county officials met with Nestle Water. Nestle is currently in the application stages with the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) to pump water from the springs that feed the Wacissa River. They have been drilling test wells since the closing of Malloy’s Landing Road and are currently monitoring flow volumes. I urge each of you to do a little research on Nestle and you will find the prey on small communities such as ours, deliver all sorts of promises that they conveniently will not put in writing and then of course never make good on them. Nestle is a large corporation that is in this for the money. They do not care about the better good of our community. It is understood that they have pretty much depleted the spring they are pumping from in Madison and if they can not fulfill their quota of 1.6M gallons a day they will have to close the Madison Plant. Nestle’s intention is to pump 70 trucks a day from the springs. Each truck holds 6,500 gallons this is 455,000 gallons “A DAY”. Further the way they seek to permit this with the SRWMD by including with their existing permit it could potentially be 1,600,000 gallons “A DAY”. We urge everyone you know to contact the SRWMD. This is no longer just a county issue, this effects anyone and everyone statewide that enjoys the river and all citizens in the area. Below is a list of e-mails and phone numbers. Also below are discussion points as to why we should object to this. List these items in your e-mail. Senator Charlie Deans office would also like to be copied on all correspondence to the SRWMD, his e-mail
is also below. Or Call: Suwannee River Water Management District, Steve Minnis, Governmental Affairs Director – T/P No.: (800) 226-1066

Suwannee River Water Management District Board Members
David Flagg – ndflagg@gmail.com
Dr. Linden Davidson – threecreeksranch@aol.com
Don Quincey – dquincey@bellsouth.net
Heath Davis – hdavis@drummondbank.com
Guy Williams – gnw@srwmd.org
Jay Fraleigh – jay.fraleigh@fraleighnursery.com
Ray Curtis: Curtis.esq@gmail.com
Carl Meece – meece@windstream.net
Al Alexander -alexandertfc@hotmail.com
cc Senator Dean at dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

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17 Oct

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All-Women’s Lockdown Stops Biggest Oil Refinery in UK

17 Oct


With 500 protesters traveling from London to help spark a week of action, 12 female protesters handcuffed themselves to semis (lorries) that had been parked to block the main road leading to an oil refinery yesterday. Demonstrators drove the vehicles to the Coryton oil refinery in Essex to stop traffic getting to and from the site. Organized by the group, Crude Awakening, this action is part of the global week of action called for by the Climate Justice Action Network (CJA).

in Manila, 10 fisherfolk with Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the multisectoral alliance Save Laguna Lake Movement (SLLM) swam 600 feet meters from the Guadalupe side of Pasig River in Makati City to the Pasig side of the river and then went back to Guadalupe near the ferry station to dramatize their opposition against a controversial dredging funded by a Belgian corporation. The protesters also floated signs flowing towards Malacanang Palace bearing their demand to President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III to recall the controversial Laguna Lake dredging project. Click here for more.

Tentative Non-Cooperating Plea for RNC 8 Defendants

15 Oct

It is with strong and mixed emotions that we bring important news: there appears to be a major change in the cases of the four remaining RNC 8 defendants–Garrett, Max, Nathanael and Rob. The four have tentatively reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, likely avoiding trial. The agreement, if it goes according to plan, significantly reduces the charge, calls for favorable sentencing, and is non-cooperating.
RNC8 support committee is asking you to show your support in the courtroom for what we expect to be one final time:
When: Tuesday, October 19, at 9am
Where: Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN

Check out RNC8.org

Animal Rights: Deer Farm Opened, Prisoner Support

15 Oct

According to a communique from the ALF, “On the morning of October 9th, we raided a deer farm located at 32155 S Grimm Road in Molalla, OR. A large section of fencing was stripped away allowing the captive deer herd a chance to escape into the surrounding forest. The venison meat industry remains small in this country, but as long as they exploit sentient animals, they will remain a target of the ALF. For the animals enslaved, mutilated, and murdered by this society: we will be tearing down the fences to set them free. –Animal Liberation Front”

In other news, friends and family of dedicated social justice and animal rights activist, Steve Murphy, are calling out for your help. Steve is serving a 5 year sentence for attempted arson in 2006 on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front, and he needs your help. Please write him to lift his spirits.
Steve Murphy
39013-177
FCI Beaumont Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 26040
Beaumont, TX 77720

Unlabeled GM Seeds Dumped at Monsanto HQ, plus more…

15 Oct

In Australia, protesters dumped “GM-canola weeds and GM-contaminated soy infant formula S-26” on Monsanto’s Melbourne office today. Monsanto has a pattern of leaving bags of seeds on the sides of the highway, which are unmarked and always contain some strains of genetically modified seeds. Click on Gene Ethics for more.

Farmers in Arunchal Pradesh burnt effigies of Chief Minister Khandu in front of the Secretariat in different districts sparking several arrests. Farmers claim that Khandu’s mega dam project will completely transform and obliterate the landscape and their livelihoods. The demonstrators with banners and placards also shouted slogans accusing Khandu and company of oppression tactics. Read more here.

International Save Japan Dolphins Day occurred yesterday with protests across the world, including 18 cities in the US alone. These protests are focused mainly on Japanese embassies, for Japan’s notorious Dolphin slaughter that occurs around this time every year in Taiji. To learn more, click here.

Briana Waters Released from Prison Today on Bail

14 Oct

The 9th Circuit Cout of Appeals reversed the conviction of Briana Waters on September 14th, 2010, based on their findings that her conviction was improper because important rulings by the trial court deprived her of a fair trial.
After serving 2 and a half years, she was released from prison today, October 14, 2010, pending a re-trial.
She is ecstatic about being reunited with her daughter, Kalliope.

Renegade Bear Thwarts Authorities, Tastes Revenge

14 Oct

Since Saturday night, a mother bear has been eluding authorities at the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, who are trying to lay a trap for her. On Saturday, a family of four bears approached a bow hunter in a tree stand in Bear Creek Twp., Michigan, attacking him and leaving him with three bite wounds—two on the leg and one on the shoulder. Run free, she bear! Run wild!