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Action Alert From Coloradans For Immigrant Rights (CFIR)!!:
As many of you know, the GEO corporation has announced its plans to expand the immigration detention center in Aurora from 400 to 1500 beds. GEO has a poor record on humanitarian treatment in its detention centers across the country and here, in Aurora, CO. Moreover, as we know, most folks held in immigration detention pose no public safety risk, have no criminal record and are being held for civil violations.
Please show your concern about the expansion
by attending a public meeting with The GEO Group:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day for World Solidarity
“…And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dec 18th Denver Post ....
"The House was to consider late Monday an appropriations bill that includes $100 million to be divided between Denver and St. Paul, Minn., which is hosting the Republican National Convention.
Although appropriations requests already exist in both House and Senate bills, the budget process has been stymied in part by the Iraq war funding debate."
The 2008 Libertarian National Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado over Memorial Day weekend from May 22 to May 26, 2008. One prominent Libertarian is hoping to run for President on the Republican ticket. Should Ron Paul be the candidate of working people?
It wasn't long after the announcement came that Denver would host the 2008 Democratic National Convention that the city began introducing policies to crack down on dissent, sanitizing the streets for delegate, politicians party bureaucrats, corporate media and other convention goers.
SUSTAINING LEFT HAND BOOKS
The Problem: LHB is in no immediate danger of closing! However, we have had a cushion -- money that was put into a savings account when our expenses were lower and we had more income from course book sales (in part due to orders from CU profs who have since been fired by the university!). We had about $12,000 in that account, but the money has gradually been used to pay bills, and this Fall dropped to $4,000. Obviously, if we continue in this way the cushion will soon be used up and the existence of the store will be jeopardized.
The first group of Transform Columbus Day defenders--people arrested for taking a moral stand against the racist Columbus Day parade (more accurately called the "caravan of conquest," as it "celebrates" the genocide of indigenous peoples)--will begin trial next week. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 17, 8:30 am
Courtroom 151P, five defenders
Tuesday, December 18, 8:30 am
Courtroom 151P, three defenders, Courtroom 117 M, four defenders
Wednesday, December 19, 8:30 am
Courtroom 151P, three defenders
All courtrooms in the City and County Building.
For more information about the campaign to take back the web, visit http://freespeech.org/ourweb. To find an alternative, non-commercial media-sharing and social networking site, visit http://community.freespeech.org
This is a truly crucial time for the Internet, the most powerful and interactive medium humans have ever seen. Recent actions by Facebook to monitor activity on the web and share our private information with our personal contacts and marketers, tells us quite clearly that the new media giants cannot be trusted.
The Newspaper is Out!
As this is being typed, “Unconventional Strategies” is going to print. In the next week,this eight-page, 11×17, three-color newspaper will be available for free to any and all individuals and groups doing outreach for the protests and direct action at next year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Call for National Solidarity:
New Orleans Public Housing is Under Attack!
This is My Home
Tuesday, December 18th 6:30pm
Free- Donations Encouraged
Contact: Luis Manriquez
This is a fundraiser for Defend New Orleans Housing, a grassroots group of New Orleans community members fighting to save public housing.
Young woman dies in DPD custody --64 seconds "missing" surveillance tape before she died examined by local mediaSubmitted by Mano on December 12, 2007 - 2:27pm
Many of you in Denver may be familiar with the case of Emily Rice-last February she died in Denver City Jail after her internal injuries from a drunken car wreck weren't caught by medical staff and police....7News launched it's own investigation resulting in these new developments.
Prior to the gap in the [surveillance] video [24-year-old Emily] Rice is seen leaning against a wall inside the jail.
Immediately following the 64 second gap [in the videotape] she is seen lying on the floor with deputies standing over her.
As reported in the Denver Post, The Denver Police Department plans to install "at least" 20 high-tech video cameras in downtown Denver in preparation for the Democratic National Convention. As Cathryn Hazouri of the American Civil Liberties Union said in the Post, "Cameras do not prevent crime," the apparent justification for this spying. They do, however, create a “chilling effect” and frighten people and deter them from exercising the rights guaranteed them by the First Amendment to participate in the political process.
Unconventional Denver Meeting
Wed. December 19th 7pm
City O' City
210 E 13th Ave
If you haven't made it out to an Unconventional Denver meeting, this is
the time! We'll be talking about the January Consulta as well as lay down
some exciting proposals to get the dialogue moving here in Denver and
beyond. Oh and we'll also plan some sort of pre-DNC action that will chip
away at the despair and cynicism that is deeply lodged in all of our
winter hearts. ha!
*Unconventional Denver is an autonomous cell of the greater Unconventional
As a representative of Colorado Indy Media, I was waiting to hear more about how to get media access to the Democratic National Convention that will take place in Denver, CO in August 2008. I was at the rim of the Denver Pepsi Center Arena, somewhere around the cotton candy stand, when the corruption began to take hold. The corporate coliseum was teeming with the American Press Corpse (intentional), ambitious politicians, corporate gladiators, moral deformities and billable hours.
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT--TRANSFORM COLUMBUS DAY ALLIANCE WAGES BATTLE WITH THE CITY OF DENVER ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7Submitted by Mano on December 7, 2007 - 10:44am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 6, 2007
American Indian Movement of Colorado
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT--TRANSFORM COLUMBUS DAY ALLIANCE WAGES BATTLE WITH THE CITY OF DENVER ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7.
COLUMBUS DAY TRIALS BEGIN WITH MOTIONS HEARING. Motions to suppress evidence hearing set for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007. 1:30 P.M., Courtroom 117M, City and County Building, Denver. Media are welcome to attend.
‘Violent Radicalization and Homegrown’ markets: A follow-up on the bi-partisan attack on our civil liberties.Submitted by Evan Herzoff on December 7, 2007 - 5:32am
‘Violent Radicalization and Homegrown’ markets: A follow-up on the bi-partisan attack on our civil liberties.
By Evan Herzoff
Please read the call for support below in the case of United States v Winslow Friday.
Further info can be read here, shedding light on the Eagle repository issues for Native peoples, and as quoted here, "It is clear to this court," U.S. District Judge William Downes wrote in his ruling, "that the government has no intention of accommodating the religious beliefs of Native Americans except on its own terms and in its own good time.": http://www.constitutioncenter.org/education/TeachingwithCurrentEvents/Co...
..Drag it out and break it!" That was Ken Kesey in Sometimes a Great Notion. Try to find any record of this quote anywhere! That was the best movie and book there was, yet a lot of young people have never heard of it. Read the PS to learn how it can motivate a person.
The Educated Fool: This is a five part Forum Topix post now titled "Wake It! Shake It!.." Forum Topix is now KAPUT! All Meadeboy articles have been altered and/or removed; @ 5,000 of them! Many of the mentioned Forum Topix Sites are accessible via Directory Topix.
From a local community member:
Congratulations to Ken Padilla and the Lobato Family for winning this key victory in the struggle against Police Brutality in Denver. As the article explains below, Judge Babcock ruled that several supervisory claims and lack of training claims survived Summary Judgment. This demonstrates that we're not talking about "one bad apple" (e.g., Office Rajan Ford, the shooter). Rather, the policies, procedures, and culture of the DPD have been indicted.
Go to the RMN article here: