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Free Palestine Now! activist in Palestine Chris Lucas' bio-

This is the bio of Chris Lucas, Richmond resident and Free Palestine Now! activist who is currently in Occupied Palestine with the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT)
 

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BTL:Plowshares Action Targets Warships in New York Harbor

Interview with Mark Colville, Plowshares peace activist, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
 

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Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender community awaits Supreme Court ruling

In the land of the free, what business does the government have in your bedroom? Can gay celibacy be imposed by law? Supreme court to decide Texas Sodomy case. GLBT community prepares to celebrate or protest.
 

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Palestinian Direct Action Team (PDAT) - communique #1

This is the first ever communique from the newly formed Palestinian Direct Action Team claiming responsibility for a banner drop June 5th 2003 to mark the anniversary of the begining of the occupation of Palestine
 

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People rise up in Peru

Demonstrations in Peru have been occuring for two weeks, with President Toledo declaring a state of emergency and putting the country on lockdown for 30 days.
 

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United for Peace urges global public opinion as world's other superpower

more than a thoousand people gathered in D.C. last weekend, not just to listen to Noam Chomsky but to attend the United For Peace teach-in on Iraq.
 

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Noam Chomsky speaks on June 1st. A Richmonder reports from DC.

To see Chomsky in person is a different experience. His dry sarcastic wit is delivered in a delicate voice with very little inflection or emphasis. While many firebrand speakers, like Rania Masri, bowl you over by emotionally imploring you into feeling the injustice and need for action, Chomsky uses logic, verbatim quotes and historical facts to make his points, often burying the listener under the burden of evidence. Masri could be seen in the bleachers diligently taking notes. The whole audience sat quietly on the edge of their seats, occasionally laughing uproariously as Chomsky turned an ironic phrase.
 

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WE GOT THE HOOK UP! HOLLER IF YOU HEAR US!: Global Justice Movement Picks Up Where Anti-War Movement Left Off


Anti-capitalist forces exploded back on the scene last weekend, facing brutal repression from police forces during G8 Summit protests in France and Switzerland. Colorful displays of resistance along with Black Bloc barricades hindered talks between delegations from the eight ruling global oligarchies Ė France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Check out UK Indymedia for full reports.

The intensity of G8 protests, which have occurred for longer than a decade as part of the global justice movement, signal the continuation of the demand by people everywhere for fair economic, environmental and social policies. The strength of the worldwide anti-war movement largely drew from the infrastructure of the global justice movement and we now see the two combining to simultaneously fight for just domestic and international policy.

A key place where the convergence of these struggles is occurring is in the Occupied Territories of Palestine. One of Richmondís own, Free Palestine Now! activist Chris Lucas, has traveled to the West Bank as part of Christian Peacemaking Team efforts. He has published two accounts [ 1 , 2 ] on our newswire, describing his encounters with Palestinians whose homes have been summarily demolished by the Israeli government, and conversations with Zionist settlers who justify their illegal presence on stolen land. Stayed tuned to your Richmond IMC for more report backs from our intrepid activist in the field.

While anti-capitalists represent in Europe and Chris Lucas bears witness in the Mideast, folks here at home have been acutely focused on the situation in Iraq and the draconian decrees of the Bush administration. Independent reports from the Middle East combat the mainstream media blackout of news that no longer serves profiteering purposes. The availability of diverse viewpoints faces a bleak future as media moguls celebrate the destruction of FCC regulations that protect the public against media monopolization. Despite fierce and extremely widespread resistance from the public and private sector, the government once again proved itís in the pocket of corporate interests.

Last weekend, thousands turned out at the United For Peace Teach-In to hear respected voices from both the anti-war and global justice movements give comprehensive rundowns on what the Bush administration has wrought upon people at home and abroad. The weekend also saw the highly venerated Noam Chomsky speak in D.C. for the first time in a decade to support the SUSTAIN campaign to stop U.S. tax aid to Israel. Two thousand people flocked to the event, including IMC reporter Jason Guard who offers an insightful account of the straight talk delivered by Chomsky.

Please heed the calls for solidarity with Virginian anti-war activists who face court dates in June. Eight people arrested in Norfolk as a result of Motherís Day actions will appear before a judge on June 25 and four people arrested at Sen. John Warnerís office in Richmond have their trial on June 18. Support these people of conscience by keeping up-to-date on their cases and remembering them in your hearts.

 

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Earth First! Call to Action against Wal-Mart

The Tennessee Valley faction of Katuah Earth First is asking you to support their campaign to prevent the building of yet another Wal-Mart.
 

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FCC Gives Away Diversity to Corporate Monopolies: A Richmonder Reports from DC

SHAMELESS PLUG: This unfortunate media development reinforces the importance of alternative publications like the Richmond IMC. Please make a habit of publishing your events and community reports here as often as possible. And support Richmond's free papers like the Richmond Free Press and groups like Radio Free Richmond (www.radiofreerichmond.org)
 

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