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Virginia represents for A29

Eighty people from Virginia marched together in Sunday's United for Peace and Justice March

Filling the walled streets of midtown Manhattan, hundreds of thousands of dissenters pounded the steamy pavement of New York City Sunday in a march on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Beating the expected estimates of march organizers, nearly 500,000 people reclaimed NYC from the RNC in a protest that roared “No to the Bush agenda!?
 
 

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Richmond Rides in the RNC Critical Mass

Approximately 20 people from Richmond today rode in New York City's Critical Mass to greet the Republican National Convention. Estimated to include 2,500 exhilarated people, with hundreds of bikeless supporters along the route, today's Critical Mass was the largest in NYC memory.
 
 

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New York rolls out the unwelcome mat for the Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention is more than a week away in NYC. The city is positively abuzz with its defiant response to the Republican Party’s neo-conservative, rightwing agenda and the party’s plans to turn midtown Manhattan into a militarized police state during the convention. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take the streets in several marches the week of the convention.

What is especially poignant about the anti-RNC mobilizing is the grassroots galvanization of New York City. The GOP’s foolish decision to hold its convention in notoriously anti-Republican NYC is felt as a slap in the face to the U.S. city that suffered the most during and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

 
 

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Diversity Thrift is Grassroots Economic Organizing

John Klein, President of Diversity Thrift on Cary Street, has lived in Richmond since 1983. He organized Diversity Thrift in 1999 and 2000. Living sometimes on only $175 per month, when the store hired its first full-time employees, he asked what they throught they should be paid. They suggested $8/hr, he says. He recalls answering "how about $9 to start."
 
 

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Announcement :: Peace & War

Happily Natural Day

The purpose of Happily Natural Day is to reaffirm our pride in our culture and ethnicity as African people locally and worldwide, and to give our brothers and sisters empowering, uplifting, and eye-opening information in regards to the importance of black culture, natural health and hair care. It is also important for us to offer positive "edutainment" that will unify our community as we celebrate our natural selves. As natural hair is making a resurgence in popularity, it is important that we dig beneath the surface, tap into the minds of the masses, and wake up the collective mental potential of our people.
 
 

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Announcement :: Animal Rights

RICHMOND VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL RETURNS TO CELEBRATE HEALTH AND HUMANITY

A year after its successful kick-off, The Richmond Vegetarian Festival 2004 will be held on August 14, 2004, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Azalea Gardens of Bryan Park, rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public, providing food and live entertainment for people of all ages.

The event will feature a variety of food demonstrations and free samples, entertainment and vendors, all celebrating a healthy and humane lifestyle. The hungry palate is sure to be satisfied with ethnic foods from local restaurants, including Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Ethiopian and African cuisine. Cooking demonstrations will be provided by Nancy Cohen of Café Madolin and Jean Monaco of Ukrop’s. Registered Dietician Bob LeRoy will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the health and nutritional aspects of a vegetarian diet.
 
 

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Announcement :: Indymedia : Media : Miscellaneous

RIMC Presents: Copyleft Workshop

Come out this Saturday August 7th to the Queer Space for an Richmond IMC Workshop about the "copyleft" movement inspired by freeware pioneers Linux and the Free Software Foundaation.

"...society needs to encourage the spirit of voluntary cooperation in its citizens. Where software owners (ie. Microsoft) tell us that helping our neighbors in a natural way is "piracy", they pollute our society's civic spirit." - Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation

Stay afterwards to watch a film called "Freedom Downtime"

FREEDOM DOWNTIME is the story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. The film tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. As word of a new Hollywood movie portraying Mitnick as a terrorist becomes known, hackers begin to turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and experts in the computer and civil liberties arena, a picture of a great injustice becomes apparent. A cross country journey uncovers some realities of the hacker culture as well as the sobering reality that so many technically adept young people seem destined for prison.

Winner of the Audience Award for Documentaries at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2002
 
 

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News :: Environment : Globalization : International Relations : Labor & Class : Peace & War : Protest Activity

Don't Let Halliburton Privatize Virginia Highways!

ACTION ALERT:

Issue:

I-81 CORRIDOR PLANS WILL SHAPE NATIONAL POLICY AND DETERMINE WESTERN & SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA'S ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE

STOP Taxpayer subsidies for dedicated truck toll lanes on I-81. Call Senator John Warner's Legislative Assistant, Ann Loomis. Tell her to urge Sen. Warner to oppose Congressman Don Young's (R-Alaska) House earmark of $900 million for Halliburton's Corporation's STAR Solutions consortium. Halliburton wants to turn I-81 in Virginia into an 8-12 lane East Coast Truck Bypass. Halliburton is trying to privatize a free public asset (I-81) for private profit and then replicate this strategy all over the U.S. The real solution is to put all that freight on rails. Don Young's earmark will take transportation resources away from the rest of Virginia.

Contact:

Senator John Warner: warner.senate.gov/contact/contactme.htm
Telephone: (202) 224-2023
Fax: (202) 224-6295
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Fourth World War showing in Richmond

Come and see this amazingly inspirational documentary filmed with footage from struggles all over the world.

This Monday July 26 at 8 p.m. at the Pace Center (700 W. Franklin St.), we will view the documentary "The Fourth World War" by Big Noise Films. Discussion follows the viewing along with information about the upcoming protests during the Republican National Convention in New York City in late August.
 
 

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Announcement :: Protest Activity

Weekend of Activism, Resistance, and Networking in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Food Not Bombs and the Unite-Resist-Reclaim Collective invites everyone to come on down for a weekend of resistance, activism, & networking. We have a rally in front of the Norfolk Health dept planned,a speaker tour from West Virginia to talk on mountain top removal, coal mining, and the destruction of the Appalachia, as well as a movie screening of "Pickaxe" and workshops
 
 

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Housing : Labor & Class

DEFEND FARM WORKERS' FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION!

Demand criminal trespassing charges be dropped against FLOC organizers!

On June 25, FLOC organizers Francisco Heredia and Blake Pendergrass were arrested during a meeting with 20 cucumber pickers at a Nash County labor camp in Whitakers, North Carolina.

The workers were discussing with FLOC their concerns over substandard living and working conditions, and a pay-rate below the minimum wage.

The meeting was disrupted as the organizers were handcuffed by Nash County Sheriffs and charged with criminal trespassing, at the furious growers' request. The arrests occurred despite the workers' outspoken defense of FLOC's presence at the camp to the grower, crew leader, and Sheriffs.
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : International Relations : Peace & War

Torturers In Our Midst?

When the pictures of prisoner torture from Abu Ghraib broke, most of us were enraged and ashamed of our country. Here in Richmond, we were unaware that this international tragedy had a direct link to our hometown.

CACI, the private military contractor deeply implicated in the abuses at Abu Ghraib, has offices in our fair city at 700 E. Main Street downtown.

On the face of it, CACI is just a computer services firm that does most of its business with the military. The public didn't even know CACI was in the prisoner interrogation business until it was revealed that the army's report on Abu Ghraib names one of their employees, Steven Stephanowicz, as the individual who ordered much of the torture.

The military police that carried out Stephanowicz's orders will be tried for their acts, but a legal loophole allows him and other contracted interrogators to walk free.

In the meantime, the government hasn’t suspended CACI's interrogation work. The company still has 27 interrogators in Iraq. And in the two months since the revelation of CACI’s involvement in Abu Ghraib, the government has awarded the company two more multi-million dollar defense contracts.

Apparently it is now the responsibility of citizens, not the government, to make it known that a corporation should not repeatedly violate the Geneva Conventions and send us the bill. An anti-war march on July 3 brought about 500 people to the doorstep of CACI’s Richmond offices. Groups from DC and Northern Virginia have protested outside the company's corporate headquarters in Arlington.

Even if our government doesn't seem embarrassed to do business with the likes of CACI, we in Richmond can - and should - hold ourselves to a higher standard.

The Virginia Anti-War Coalition, a recently formed group that organized the march, will host a public hearing on CACI Wednesday July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin Street.

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(A version of this article appears in the current issue of SLANT, a free local print publication.)
 
 

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