Rising Tide North America sent out this report today about the Shut Down the Corporations call to action: “#F29 is off to bang this morning with actions across the country. big props to our Rising Tide & Occupy comrades in Portland for initiating this great day of action.
The target of the day is the American Legislative Exchange Commission, or ALEC, & their member corporations. ALEC is the shadowy front group that has been pushing a right wing agenda on everything from labor to climate change.
Here’s some updates:
-OccupyLA is blockading a massive Wal-Mart Distro Center
-Occupy Wall Street had a teach-in with Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi & is seeing marches to Pfizer, blockades at Bank of America & lots of heavy handed police repression (shocking, we know)
-OccupyDC is blockading Monsanto’s offices
-Actions are stepping off in Arizona, Salt Lake City, Connecticut, Hattiesburg, MS, Fargo, ND, Lakeland, FL, Tampa, FL, and Winston-Salem, NC.
-Today at 1130, OccupyPortland has organized a mass march to visit all ALEC offices in the city.
here’s the Global Live Blog if you want to keep up
Great article this morning on Mother Jones
…solidarity, RTNA News”
And check out this video of a blockade of G4S security company today in Tucson, AZ:
Cross Posted from Support Marie Mason, (written Jan, 25, 2012)
It’s been a little more than a year and a half since I was transferred to the Admin Unit at Carswell. Many folks have written wondering if I was in the hospital here, and no, I am not. The Admin Unit is just part of a larger compound that has a major medical center for the Bureau of Prisons. This unit is completely separate from both the compound and the medical center. It’s actually more difficult to see most medical staff from here because of the security detail that must accompany any of us if we leave the unit for any reason.
It is a very small world here; only some 20 women are housed here in complete segregation from general population. It is a mixed unit and serves as both death row and as a kind of control unit Continue reading
USP Marion CMU
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959
Walter Bond is being held in a controversial type of U.S. prison called a Communication Management Unit (CMU), which was set up by the Bureau of Prisons during the administration of George W. Bush. The prisoners held in a CMU are considered terrorists by the U.S. government and their every means of communication is severely restricted, regulated and monitored. When Walter arrived at the Marion CMU, he was given a notice explaining the official reason why he is there, “Your current offenses of conviction are for Use of Fire or Explosives to Damage or Destroy Property in Interstate Commerce, Force, Violence and Threats Involving an Animal Enterprise, and Arson Damaging Property in Interstate Commerce. Your offense conduct including significant communication with and providing assistance to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a group considered a domestic terrorist organization and in which you have claimed membership. Your communication with the community requires heightened controls and monitoring.” Continue reading
Press Release by The Yes Men
Dow pays “strategic intelligence” firm to spy on Yes Men and grassroots activists. Takeaway: movement is on the right track!
WikiLeaks begins to publish today over five million e-mails obtained by Anonymous from “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails, which reveal everything from sinister spy tactics to an insider trading scheme with Goldman Sachs (see below), also include several discussions of the Yes Men and Bhopal activists. (Bhopal activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, that led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.)
Many of the Bhopal-related emails, addressed from Stratfor to Dow and Union Carbide public relations directors, reveal concern that, in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, the Bhopal issue might be expanded into an effective systemic critique of corporate rule Continue reading
2, 4-D injury in sweet corn
Cross Posted from Op Ed News
In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2, 4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the Vietnam War. These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America’s corn belt during the next decade.
The problem for corn farmers is that “superweeds” have been developing resistance to America’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, which is being sprayed on millions of acres in the Midwest Continue reading
This short video above was created following an Earth First! protest in Salt Lake City, February 20, 2012, at SITLA offices. Check out this post from earlier in the week for more background on the tar sands plans and the growing resistance in Utah.
Below is another film, from last summer when Earth First! raised some hell in Helena, Montana, opposing new tar sands infrastructure in the US.