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It Works! Richmond Independent Radio, FM 97.3, successfully tests equipment live.

Richmond Independent Radio, a non-commercial, non-profit, volunteer based, community radio station whose mission is to air news, views and music not otherwise heard on local airwaves successfully performed a one-day, limited broadcast, equipment test, live on Tuesday, Nov. 2....

... Richmond Independent Radio will be heard live on 97.3 by January 1, 2005. WRIR will be occasionally testing its equipment between now and then. Selected news and views programming, as well as the entire music line-up is available at www.wrir.org. Donations are also accepted on the site.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Environment : International Relations : Peace & War : Protest Activity

Code Red Protest Event in Blacksburg

Code Red 2.jpgThe premise for the organization of this protest was the statement, "No matter who wins, we lose!" Participants wore red to symbolize the fact that democracy in this country is in extreme danger.
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Announcement :: Elections & Legislation : Protest Activity

Emergency Protest at Monroe Park after Concession Speech, 1pm

People in Richmond will be gathering at Monroe Park after Kerry's concession speech, scheduled to begin at 1pm. Come out to protest the election results. ***Meeting Time Changed to After Bush's Acceptance Speech, scheduled to begin at 3pm***

Meet up on the northern side of the park, near Laurel Street and the Wickham statue. If enough people show up, there may be a march through Richmond. Call 240.401.0871 or 804.868.6225 for more details.

Fredericksburg, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Norfolk, everyone else across the state: Post an article or add a comment to this feature with info about your emergency response efforts.

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Commentary :: Elections & Legislation

Election 2004: No Matter Who Wins, We Lose

avp_all_photo_01_lg.jpgVirginia, tell us your election day trauma.

On Nov.2, an unprecedented amount of people in this country are going to wade through the lines at their local polling station, close the curtain behind them and make a choice. Maybe you’ll vote for Kerry, maybe you’ll go for Bush, maybe you’ll write in Snoop Dogg for President. Maybe you’ll just stand there and scream.

No one knows what’s going to happen, but we’re already seeing a replay of the 2000 election debacle: disenfranchisement of minority voters, poll intimidation and harassment, flat out lies and low-down dirty tricks. More than likely, a court battle will play out for the months ahead to decide the victor. Yet again, we’ll be left wondering what happened to this country’s so-called democracy?

Either way, come Wednesday Nov. 3, we’ll still be poor, at war and misrepresented by a bunch of rich white guys. In Richmond, the story is slightly more interesting. We have a new form of government coming to power, but will this new government help any one other than the powers that be? Are you as confused as us? Feel like throwing up? Going to buy a one-way ticket out of the country? Is this country the opposite of everything you were told it was?

Vent your frustrations. Report on your poll station stories. Talk about what you are going to do after you vote. Tell us where you are going to be when the shit goes down. Use our comments feature. Make this story your story.

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News :: Media

WRIR Needs your help & input...

wrir.jpgLocal Independent Radio Station needs your help to get on the air.

In the next two months there will be a new station in Richmond. It is a non-commercial public radio station on the FM dial, 97.3, WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio. Don't roll your eyes. Don't groan. It's not more classical music. In fact it's nothing like anything we've ever had here before.

This is radio for the rest of us.

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Announcement :: Gender and Sexuality

Abortion Speakout Friday October 29th

There will be a speakout and video screening
this friday october 29th at 7pm in vcu commons richmond salon 4. We will be screening the new documentary voice for choice which documents the march for choice on april 25th earlier this year. After the video we will open the floor for folks to share their personal abortion experiences to demystify the procedure and shame and guilt the american society has placed on those who choose to have abortions. If anyone wants to speak they are welcome to do so. There will be light refreshments at 6:30 pm. This will be a moderated event and there will be zero tolerance for anti-choice rhetoric.

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Announcement :: Globalization

Stop Globalized Violence Against Women / International Caravan for Justice in Juarez

Stop Violence Against Women Worldwide. Come learn about this international issue at a local event which hosts the International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua. On Friday, Oct. 22 the caravan will be traveling to Richmond from Washington D.C., where they will have lobbied for House Resolution 466 and Senate Resolution 392 that "condemn the femicides in Juarez and call for government action." Join us as we demand action by authorities on both sides of the border.

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Announcement :: Indymedia

Indymedia Workshop: Copyleft

-What is "open source" software?
-Why is there a $9 BILLION lawsuit to destroy open source software?
-How does Indymedia rely on open source software - and culture?
-Why does it matter to me? What can I do?
-How do open source/copyleft concepts relate to other creative products?

Richmond Independent Media presents a workshop and discussion about the "copyleft" movement inspired by freeware pioneers Linux and the Free Software Foundation [www.gnu.org]

Friday October 22 - 6pm
Documentary about computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. Winner of the Audience Award for Documentaries at the New York International Film & Video Festival, 2002.
Showing at Queer Paradise
319 N. Adams St.

Saturday October 23 - 2pm
Workshop about the Copyleft movement. This kind of revolutionary open source, open publishing software is an integral part of Indymedia everywhere.
Workshop at the Flying Brick
506 Pine St. in Oregon Hill


News :: Civil & Human Rights : Environment : Protest Activity : Urban Development

Rally to Save the Mattaponi in Williamsburg on Wednesday

pict2.jpeOn Wednesday, October 20, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will hold what may be the last public hearing on the proposed King William Reservoir. Hundreds of Reservoir opponents from throughout the region will rally outside, then pack the hearing to deliver a loud and decisive “NO? to this ecologically and socially disastrous project.

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Commentary :: Elections & Legislation : Labor & Class : Media : Peace & War

A Media Blackout: Media Blackout of Labor Opposition to Iraq War Continues

"You wouldn't know it from reading, watching, or listening to the "mainstream" media, but many of the largest labor organizations in the United States have passed resolutions demanding that U.S. troops be brought home from Iraq and the war be ended...."

This story is by a senior at William and Mary who is working for James City County and a new UE member. TLSC stands for the Tidewater Labor Support Committee and is the group of faculty and students that began the living wage campaign on the William and Mary campus. That campaign eventually grew into the William and Mary Chapter of the Virginia Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 160. -Selma Blair, W&M Chapter, UE160

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Richmond Eternalizes Gabriel


With burning frankincense blowing in the air to the soft beating of a drum, Richmond memorialized 18th century revolutionary slave Gabriel on Sunday by unveiling a historical marker on 15th and Broad Streets that will remind generations to come of Gabriel’s fight demanding freedom and equality for African Americans in Virginia.

“This city of Richmond may take little notice of what we do here this evening, but with this marker it can never forget what Gabriel did,? said descendant of Gabriel Dr. Haskell Bingham at the unveiling ceremony that was attended by more than 50 people. The Elegba Folklore Society led the ceremony by pouring a libation on the marker’s sidewalk in homage to ancestors.


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News :: Indymedia

Worldwide Indymedia Network Under Attack

indymediafist.gifBy supplying voices for communities in the five years of its existence, the global network of Independent Media Centers has undeniably changed the political landscape of every inhabited continent. Empowering people with the tools and methods to construct their alternative response to mainstream media, Indymedia has grown not only as a movement for justice and social change, but also as a direct threat to the powers that be.

On Thursday, FBI agents removed the hard drives of global IMC servers from service provider Rackspace in the United Kingdom. Rackspace, with offices in the US and UK, received this hand-delivered court order from the FBI at its UK location Thursday. Rackspace was given no time to defend against the order before it was acted upon and turned over the hard drives.

The action against Rackspace closed service for more than 20 IMC sites, among them the Global Indymedia page. It is unclear why Indymedia is being targeted because Rackspace was issued a gag order where it cannot speak on this case. A statement from Rackspace.com reads: "In the present matter regarding Indymedia, Rackspace Managed Hosting, a U.S. based company with offices in London, is acting in compliance with a court order pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), which establishes procedures for countries to assist each other in investigations such as international terrorism, kidnapping and money laundering. Rackspace responded to a Commissioners subpoena, duly issued under Title 28, United States Code. For additional information on the MLAT, please visit library.lp.findlaw.com..."

Thursday's governmental attack comes after a summer of harassment and intimidation from US federal authorities on IMC's operating in the US and Europe. In August, the Secret Service attempted to shut down the operations of New York IMC before the RNC protests by issuing a subpoena for web logs of the site. Free Radio Santa Cruz was raided by the FCC and federal marshals in late September. The 10 year-old radio station was effectively shut down after its transmiter and broadcasting equipment were seized by the FCC. The FBI has also moved on Nantes IMC in France, requesting that the site remove pictures that indentify undercover police officers. Although seemingly unrelated, a Peruvian IMCista was murdered in Peru in July.

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