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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights

Gabriel Commemoration Oct 10

GabrielProsser.gifOn Sunday, October 10, 2004, please join us in Richmond, Virginia for an afternoon of learning and celebration of the life of Gabriel, the history of Richmond's enslaved peoples, and the unveiling of a state historical highway marker at the site of the "Burial Ground for Negroes" where Gabriel died on October 10, 1800.
 
 

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News :: Peace & War : Protest Activity

Helping Peace Make History: Charlottesville Activists Confront Military History Days

On the afternoon of October 3rd over a dozen Charlottesville activists held the first annual peacemakers history day demonstration across the street from the Albermarle County Military History Days encampment. As children wandered through groups of mock civil and revolutionary war soldiers, a few kids and their parents held banners and signs outside the camp, asking that our country's peace history be taught as thoroughly as its war history.
 
 

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News :: Labor & Class

Staff Union Rally Speaks Out Against Charter School Initiative

Excerpt from Professor Susan Friaman's speech a recent rally at the University of Virginia to speak out about charter status:

"What we will get, in other words, is a two-tiered, economically segregated and in all likelihood racially re-segregated system of university education in this state. As a member of the faculty benefiting from a diverse student population and as a believer in social justice, I find this unacceptable."
 
 

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Announcement :: Globalization

Globalization Speakers Tour Stop in Richmond Oct.7

Globalization’s Impacts on Workers at Home and Abroad: Zulia Mena and Art Burton speak at the Pace Center (700 W. Franklin St.) Richmond, Va. Progressive Activist Potluck: 6:30 p.m.; talk: 7:30 p.m.

Zulia Mena has been active in the struggle for Afro-Colombian and women’s rights in Colombia for nearly her entire life. Art Burton serves on the Executive Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the NAACP. He remains active in the struggle for justice for Richmond’s inner-city residents engaging city-level politics on a variety of issues.
 
 

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News :: Environment : Protest Activity

Earth First! Sabotages Mining Company's Office

At 12:15 AM on Monday, September 27th, a handful of men and women from Katuah Earth First! shut down an A & G Coal Mining Company office in Wise County, Virginia. Locks were placed on all gates to the premises and front doors were chained and glued shut, with a sign reading, “We won’t stop until you do. See you in the mountains…Katuah Earth First!? This was done in order to prevent all trucks and operators from departing for a nearby mining site.
 
 

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Announcement :: Protest Activity

Stories from the Republican Convention protests - Event Announcement

"Thus Always to Tyrants": Stories from the Republican National Convention Protests

6 p.m. Wednesday September 29
VCU Commons 907 Floyd Ave.
Virginia Room A
 
 

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Announcement :: Environment

Katuah Earth First! fall campout and protest

Friends,

y’all are invited to join Katuah Earth First! for our annual Autumn Equinox campout, gathering, get together, etc… next weekend – September 24-26th.

This year it will be up on High Knob, in the Jefferson National Forest of southwestern Virginia. The site will be near Little Stoney Falls, the same place we helped host the Eastern Forest Action Camp back in June. Directions are below.
 
 

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Announcement :: Environment

Virginia at the Crossroad: Which Energy Future ? Oct. 2, UVA, Charlottesville

Virginia at the Crossroads: Which Energy Future? is a one-day conference scheduled for Oct. 2, Clark Hall, UVA to educate ourselves on nuclear power and explore safe alternatives for Virginia. Dominion Power has made preliminary application to build two new nuclear reactors at North Anna in Louisa County. Three sessions of Workshops, Keynote speaker Arjun Makhajani (IEER) "Meeting Our Future Energy Needs," Activist Networking.
For more information call 434-296-2494 or email Elenaday (at) aol.com $10 includes lunch ( No one turned away for lack of funds.)
 
 

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Announcement :: Indymedia : Media

Richmond Independent Media Fundraiser!

The 804noise Fest is an all day music festival in Richmond, Virginia showcasing experimental & noise artists mainly from Virginia. All proceeds go to benefit a non-profit of the coordinators choice, and artists perform for the sake of exposure and community growth. This years non-profit recipient will be the Richmond Independent Media Center a radical news resource for the Richmond community.

The 2nd Annual 804noise Festival is slated for Sunday October 3rd at the Art Works Gallery. This years festival will feature over 15 experimental and noise projects, visual artwork from local artists, workshops on circuit bending, community organizing, etc; information tables from local radical and independent organizations such as Richmond Indie Radio, Food Not Bombs, Richmond Living Wage, Vegan Action, Richmond Queer Space Project, and more.

 
 

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News :: Indymedia

Democracy Now! Broadcast Threatened in Harrisonburg

Saturday night at the Harrisonburg Community Mennonite Church over 350 people gathered to hear a presentation on "Independent Media in a Time of War," delivered by Amy Goodman, host of the Democracy Now! radio show. The event was organized by members of the WEMC radio station and local supporters of the radio show in response to a recent decision by the administration of Eastern Mennonite University to scale back airing of the program from its intended hour-long weekday broadcast to one hour on Fridays. WEMC, having aired the program for over two years, is the only Virginia based radio station currently airing the politically progressive program....

Reimer-Wagler, a recent EMU graduate, introduced Amy Goodman, saying that it was extremely important that Harrisonburg has access to the DN! program during a time of war and national elections. Goodman agreed, saying that unless you were watching/listening to Democracy Now! you probably didn't know that the August 29th march against the Bush administration in NYC was the largest political convention protest in US history, or that August 31 was the largest mass arrest in NY City history, and that each day activists from Code Pink, parents of US soldiers who died in Iraq and others snuck onto the Republican National Convention floor each night to protest loudly and were each carried away by police (despite the multi-million dollar security). All of this was not squashed by the corporate media in order to protect the country from terrorists. It was a cooperative effort with the government to marginalize dissent and project an image of a popular presidency in the face of the War on Terror....
 
 

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News :: Crime & Police

Unmarked Black Helicopter Harasses Twin Oaks Community

An unmarked black helicopter harassed Twin Oaks Community, repeatedly circling at an unsafe low altitude for several minutes.
 
 

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News :: Protest Activity

RNC wrap-up

Despite a police state lock down courtesy of the Republican National Convention, many people in New York have been protesting every day for a week now and pledge not to stop until the Republican fete fatal has left the city.

An excerpt from Jen Lawhorne's RNC protests wrap-up:

"Later [Monday, August 30], the Poor People's Economic and Human Rights Campaign March for Our Lives refused to request a permit from the city while not agreeing to march along a route the police provided them. In a pumped-up rally near the United Nations Plaza on the East side of town, nationwide groups preached into the microphone as thousands of people listened. The march took to the streets 3,000 people strong, creating a festive resistance with two marching bands, militant chants and people joining from the street.

'The problem with this country is that we have a housing program and it is called jails. We have an employment program and its called the military. We would have a health program but we have war,' said a priest during the rally.

Most people paused to cheer if they chose not to join while others leaned out of their balconies waving their arms and leaving their jobs to catch a glimpse of the march. As the march moved along on 23rd Street, police began snatching demonstrators and pulling them away. One Richmonder was arrested at the march, beaten by police but released the next day."
 
 

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