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###from the Red Pill's upcoming issue Vol. 5 No. 11###
Though Grand Junction has long had a reputation as a conservative town, since its inception in 1882 there has been a minority that have actively dissented against that status quo and agitated for a better more equitable future. From Railroad strikes, to underground newspapers, to Blacklisted Dalton Trumbo and from anti-nuke protests in the Ô60s to antiwar protest in the 1990Õs and the 2000Õs Grand Junction and its surrounding region has a rich history of dissent and citizen activism.
Youth Activists Assaulted; Police Blame Protesters
On Saturday, May 19th, members of the Grand Junction Underground Action Alliance (GJUAA) engaged in a peaceful protest outside of the Solaris Square Building (home to the Navy, Marine and Army recruitment offices) and were assaulted by the property manager, James Graber.
By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News
June 25, 2007
Hours before 24-year-old Emily Rae Rice died at the Denver Jail, she called her mother and complained she was freezing and couldn't feel her feet.
The allegation is one of several Rice's family makes in a lawsuit filed Monday in Denver District Court.
The family claims that on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2006, a jailhouse nurse told Rice, whom he suspected of being drunk, to "sleep it off." That same nurse told Rice to "stop being dramatic" when she collapsed during a prolonged check-in, the suit says.
June 20, 2007--The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) is outraged at the Denver City Council’s June 11th decision not to hear arguments for a proclamation to assure that protesters’ First Amendment rights would be protected during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in late August 2008.
On Saturday and Sunday the 24th and 25th of June, thousands of people attended the Denver Pridefest. Considering it has been ranked as one of the top 10 in the country, it is no surprise. Not only was this a massive gathering, but it took place on the very steps of our government buildings which represented a large step for GLBT acceptance in our community and (at least Sunday) there were no misguided preachers, homophobic protests, or clergy members trying to save souls.
In the next few weeks, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado (CU) will vote on the dismissal of Professor Ward Churchill. This is the final opportunity for public input in this process.
Over the past two and a half years, many of you have opposed CU's attempts to fire Ward. Ward and I have engaged in this struggle not for the sake of his job (he will always write, speak and teach), nor because we enjoy battling bureaucracy, but because it has become emblematic of contemporary efforts to silence those who insist on discussing uncomfortable truths.
Taken on the 4th anniversary of the Iraq War. Photo by RbR Imaging.
Friday, May 25, 2007
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- Environmentalists, residents and elected officials opposed to new gas wells in the San Juan Basin of southwestern Colorado have appealed plans for new wells on federal land, including roadless forest areas.
The appeal filed Monday says the U.S. Forest Service violated federal laws by inadequately assessing the energy development's potential impacts on air quality, wildlife, old-growth forests, water and human health and safety.
LA JARA, Colo. — The photograph, of four popular high school students standing side by side, each clutching a gun in one hand and giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute with the other, terrified many people in La Jara and the surrounding poor farming communities of the San Luis Valley. Its discovery further intensified a bitter racial divide between supporters of a longtime coach, who is black, and a largely white group of students and their parents.
By Vanessa Miller, Daily Camera
June 15, 2007
A group of mostly Boulder protesters said their First Amendment rights were violated when they were "forcefully removed" from a Colorado Rapids match against the Chinese National Team for waving Tibetan flags and banners.
Tenzin Dhongyal, a Tibetan living in Boulder, said he and 13 other protesters were grabbed and shoved in the Rapids' new Commerce City soccer stadium Sunday for raising flags and banners.
Colorado Rapids officials said the signs violated a clear rule outlined in the team's fan guide.
About a dozen mothers breastfed outside Elitch's amusement park in Denver on Saturday in a peaceful protest. "It's not meant to be anything sexual, it's meant to just feed your child," said Tammy Lantz, Colorado Breastfeeding Task Force.
Homeless Man Says Shelter Threw Him Out Because He's Gay
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: June 14, 2007 - 7:30 pm ET
(Denver, Colorado) a 34-year old homeless Fort Collins man says that he was told to leave a shelter because the pastor who runs it will not allow gay men to stay there.
John Garon tells the Coloradan newspaper that he had been staying at Open Door Mission for about three weeks when he was suddenly told by the director, the Rev. Richard Thebo, that he was no longer welcome.
AS CITY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO INTERN HOMELESS DURING DNC,
R68 ALLIANCE ASKS: WHO’S NEXT?
So, It's On for October
For 18 years, Colorado AIM, and scores of our organizational allies in the Transform Columbus Day Alliance, have worked in many arenas to educate the public, teachers, the media, and politicians about why Columbus Day should be transformed in Colorado, its birthplace. We have been in schools and churches, in the streets, taken to jail and been on trial, we have written newspaper columns and letters to the editors, we have met with numerous politicians and others.
On the early morning of May 18, at around 2 a.m., Allen Kerford, an 18-year-old Black youth who suffers from bipolar disorder, noticed several Denver police vehicles flashing their lights and using their sirens to disperse a crowd of club-goers at Club Vinyl on 1082 Broadway.