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COVERING ALL THE BASES: Fighting the Good Fight, Abroad and at Home

On Saturday, June 28, Richmond’s gonna raise its hands up in the air ‘cause we know we care, all in the name of freedom for Palestine. Arab-American MCs the Iron Sheik and Tarik the Eccentric have embarked on the Palestine Truth Tour and are trekking across the country all the way out from California just to bring a little hip-hop to our humble town. So mark your calendars and come on out to the Pace Center at 8 p.m. to hear poetry about the plight of Palestine and what it means to be of Palestinian descent in the U.S. today.

Moving from the ruckus endeavor of celebrating and educating to the serious business of organizing: On Friday, June 13, Richmond Jews for a Free Palestine celebrated its rebirth as the local chapter of Jews Against the Occupation, an internationally active group that gives voice to the countless Jewish folks who support of the Palestinian’s people struggle against Israel’s brutal, illegal and ongoing occupation. Just two days later RJATO, together with Free Palestine Now!, issued a strong condemnation of recent anti-Jewish vandalism, as well as anti-Palestinian creeds. Another local activist was quick to put out the call for written responses to racist and ignorant articles published last week in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and its online partner Richmond.com. While you anxiously await the arrival of the Palestinian Truth Tour, why not whittle away the hours by making our local major media press a somewhat less evil enterprise, simply by writing a quick letter to the editors of these publications?

While vigilance in responding to what the major media publishes is crucial, we must also be ever alert of local developments that go unreported or unanalyzed by the for-profit press. A recent poster exemplifies this with his brief summary of the building of a new Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) biocontainment lab at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In short, these labs are capable of testing and producing biological weapons, and now that we’ve got one in the neighborhood, it’s our responsibility to ensure that this one doesn’t.

Richmond’s got good company when it comes to organizing around progressive issues -- Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach have both recently announced exciting projects in their towns. Fredericksburg’s looking to launch a comprehensive education campaign dealing with everything from queer liberation to social justice globalization, while Virginia Beach is trying to start a Food Not Bombs chapter down in the heart of the Tidewater region. Both of these invaluable undertakings need your help. Join the struggle, follow the links and volunteer to lend a hand.

 

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A memorial desecrated, a massacre remembered

Remember Ludlow! The cry of American workers ninety years ago again rings throughout the land.
 

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Peru: An Upsurge of Strikes and Barricades

All through May the people of Peru built a powerful wave of struggle--isolating the corrupt government and shaking the rotten system that holds them in misery.

Peru's President Toledo responded with bloody repression--imposing a fascistic "state of emergency" and unleashing his soldiers to kill people in the streets.
 

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Concern about Secrecy on New BSL-4 Facility

Concern about recent announcement by VCU and Mark Warner about building a BSL-4 biocontainment laboratory facility in Richmond.
 

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Richmond Jews Against the Occupation (RJATO) founded

Richmond Jews for a Free Palestine (RJFP) has officially been renamed Richmond Jews Against the Occupation (RJATO)and becomes the Richmond Virginia chapter of Jews Against the Occupation
 

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Supreme Court Protests or Celebrations Planned Coast-to-Coast

A few weeks ago there were just two. Now there are at least 17 cities planning protests or celebrations in response to the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Texas's sodomy law.
 

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BTL:Growing Number of Israeli Soldiers Refuse to Serve in Occupied Territory

Interview with Yaniz Iczkovits, Israeli reservist and cofounder of "Courage to Refuse," conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
 

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Pepperface Multimedia Information Hub - Update For The Week Ending 06.15.03

Pepperface was created to provide a multimedia source for real information regarding the US invasion of Iraq. We will continue to update this forum with information on the US continued occupation of Iraq, analysis of the media role in the Bush Regeime's occupation of America, and anything else which may be of interest.
 

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Drip, Drip, Drip

Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, triumphantly predicts the result of the Bush tax cuts; "local towns or cities are going to say: 'Hell, no! You're not going to raise my taxes. Get rid of the welfare programs!' ''
 

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BTL:With No Weapons of Mass Destruction Yet Found in Iraq...

...White House Justification for War Comes Under Fire Interview with Reese Erlich, journalist and author, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
 

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