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Richmond VA USA Marijuana MArch Report

Report on Richmond VA USA segment of Million Marijuana March 5 MAY 2001
 

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A [belated] sharing of experiences in Quebec

One street medic's experiences in the Anti-FTAA protests...as her first protest.
 

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VJAC Events May 4 & 5

The Virginia Justice Action Coalition is having two great events and one very important meeting this weekend; Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th.
 

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Coaltion for VA Prisoners Endorses VJAC

Coalition for VA Prisoners endorses the VA Justice Action Coalition's call for demonstrations and direct action at the VA Republican Convention
 

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REPUBLICAN CONVENTION PROTESTS: Upcoming Events and New News

With just one month before thousands of Republicans flood Richmond for the Virginia Republican Party Convention, citizens and activists around Virginia are finalizing their plans to protest this event.

This weekend, the Virginia Justice Action Coalition (VJAC) will host two events. On Friday, May 4, at 6pm there's a benefit dinner to raise funds for the upcoming protests. It will feature a vegetarian menu made up of donated dishes from local restaurants and really cool people. There is a sliding scale donation (5-20$), but, of course, no one will be turned away. On Saturday, May 5, from 7am to 2pm VJAC is having another yard sale full of lots of cheap yet wonderful things. To donate stuff to sell, call Robert at 359-9041. Both of these events are being held at 1208 W. Franklin. Also on Saturday, May 5, VJAC will be having its second to last general meeting at 5:30, upstairs in the VCU Commons.

In other convention-related news, the Coalition for Virginia Prisoners (CVP) has announced its full endorsement of the call for protests and direct action at the Virginia Republican Party Convention. Additionally, CVP is calling on "all those affected by the racist prison industrial complex to organize their friends, families, communities, and workplaces to take an active part in the protests."
[ VJAC event details | CVP complete statement ]

 

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VIRGINIANS IN QUEBEC CITY: Local Activist's FTAA Experience

"I know that in 4 days I changed more than I have in the past year. All the theories and thoughts that have been kicking around in my brain came to a head that weekend. I couldn't even begin to describe how this has effected me...I don't even think that I know the full ramifications of my participation. Every day I find myself thinking things that I never would have before. I am already planning for the next protest. How can I help better? How can I be more prepared? What can I learn inbetween now and then to improve my skills as a street medic? How many people can I get to join that never would have dreamed of it before? If one protest has had such a strong effect on me, shouldn't we strive to get everyone involved? Our hearts are screaming at us to listen to them, how many people are still too scared to do it?"
[ read Camille's complete account | share your own FTAA story ]
 

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STAPLES Protest Attracts a Counter-demonstration

A protest including a banner drop and some symbolic tree stumps greeted shoppers and passers-by at a local office supply chain, Staples.
 

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Black Bloc Call for Virginia Republican Convention

Please distribute widely!
 

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Richmond City Council To Censor Citizens

Tonight, 4/23/01, Richmond City Council is considering Resolution R66 that would essentially gut Citizens' rights to *effective* Free Expression with signs and placards and severely hobble citizen and media rights to record *PUBLIC* meetings of City Council members.
 

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FTAA ACTIONS UPDATE: Local Events and Coverage Links

As FTAA protests come to a victorious close in Quebec City and around the world, here's a summary of how Virginia participated in protesting against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

In Harrisonburg, on Friday April 20, a group affiliated with the Progressive Coalition dropped a banner from the roof of the James Madison University dining hall, pictured here. This was just one of the many actions they took in order to spread awareness about corporate power and specifically about the FTAA. To read more, follow this link.

In Blacksburg, FTAA Unorganizing NRV issued a challenge to residents-at-large: "We want you to take it all off! That's right! Join us in saying 'no' to NAFTA, 'no' to the FTAA and 'no' to continuing corporate by saying 'no' to underwear on April 20th." Their aim is to encourage local residents to examine their daily consumer choices by questioning the conditions under which their underwear and other products were made. We have not yet heard how their challenge was met, but to read more, click here.

Old Dominion University held a forum on globalization on Thursday, April 19. Sponsored by the ODU Greens, the event included participants on both sides of the globalization debate. On the same day in Richmond, a forum on "The Second Conquest: Native Peoples and Globalization" took place and included speakers on indigenous rights and native women's economies.

For coverage of the protests in Quebec City and around the United States, the Richmond IMC recommends the following Indymedia sites:
[ Global Indymedia | Vermont Indymedia | DC Indymedia ]

 

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