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Animal Liberation: How Do We Get There?

Words are useless unless they translate into action. We all know what the issues are. We do not need anymore masturbatory debates about welfare v. rights nor do we need to entertain the enemy by debating their insidiousness with them. They are all criminals and they all need to be stopped. If we start with that very simple premise, then we can easily shift the conversation toward one thing and one thing only: HOW?
 
The tormented prisoners are waiting for us to figure it out. I have many ideas. You need not agree with me. But, if we ever intend to create change, this is where we need to focus.
 
The Objective
 
We need to define an objective before we can quantify effectiveness.
 
I cannot open all the cages. So I think the next best thing is to make it uncomfortable and unprofitable to be an abuser. Does fear and intimidation accomplish this? To some extent. And exposure is a means to this end. But I want to go beyond making it uncomfortable and make it untenable. I want the enemy to be scared, I want them to be socially ostracized, I want them to live in fear, chaos, and panic when they see strangers… I want to make it so unbearable that they close up shop and retire.
 
Fear is an effective instrument. But how do we employ it and to what end? I’m a huge proponent of intimidation. No abuser has the right to live in comfort.
 
Working Together
 
My limited experience tells me that we each have a piece of the puzzle to put together. We had some minor success in recent months using confrontation and intimidation tactics that yielded a rather compliant abuser. Then, once the discussion was opened up on our terms, other associates were far better equipped to negotiate liberation measures and offer expertise.

Marvin Booker family holds press conference

On September 9, two months to the day after Marvin Booker was murdered by five sheriffs deputies in Denver's brand-spanking new jail, members of Mr. Booker's extended family, in Denver from all over the country to mark the occasion, gathered with their attorneys for a press conference on the steps of the City and County building. Earlier in the day, they had met with Mayor Hickenlooper, who, they said, had expressed condolences and sympathy to the family. And the mayor appeared at the press conference, for which he certainly deserved credit, since I'm sure the city attorney told him not to; though when asked by a reporter about his appearance, and its relevance to the inevitable civil lawsuit, Hickenlooper was quick to say that it did not in any way constitute an admission of wrongdoing on the part of the city. Reverend Spencer Booker, speaking for the family, thanked the mayor for showing sensitivity to their pain, but also called on the District Attorney to quickly bring criminal charges against the officers responsible for Marvin Booker's death.Darold Kilmer, the lead attorney for the family, also called upon the mayor and the city to achieve swift accountability and take measures to ensure that nothing like this happens again. Imagine, he said, if five inmates had killed a deputy; imagine how much further along the process of holding someone accountable would be. He called on the DA to act promptly to bring appropriate criminal charges, noting “the unfortunate history in Denver of a failure of courage to charge law enforcement officers criminally.” Which was a diplomatic way of noting that a DA criminally charging a cop or sheriff for even the most egregious criminal act occurs with roughly the same frequency as a sighting of Halley's comet.

End DWCF's 'labia lift' search policy

“how can I be a rape ‘survivor’ if I have to continue to go through the motions over and over? I am being Raped Again!! How many times should I have to go through this? I haven’t survived shit! I am still suffering! If I refuse to do this procedure, I will be written up... This refusal would cost me the apartment program and my 8-year-old son would not be able to stay the night with me ever again.” --letter from inmate in DWCF In January of 2010, the Denver Women's Correctional Facility (DWCF) implemented a new search procedure called the 'labia lift.' The following is a description given by an inmate that entails what the strip search includes:

Santa Feans call for Truth in Public Celebration of Religious Conquest

Santa Fe New Mexico to many represents a unique icon of our nation's multicultural past. Little known to the thousands of tourists who visit the city each summer to buy original art and knock-off trinkets, local officials also harbor some deep, dark secrets. The secrets are not told at the iconic state-run Palace of Governors Museum, where Native American artisans sell hand-made jewelry under a covered walkway alongside one of the nation's most visited town squares.

The dark secret involves murder, religion and conquest. Each year, a city-funded celebration of a "peaceful reconquest" omits details of 70 prisoners executed by Conquistadors who captured the Plaza on Dec. 29, 1693. The prisoners had been seized during a daylong battle in which the band of starving colonists hoped to find a supply of food to get them through the winter. The murders, in the words of the conquistador's leader, were for the crime of apostasy against his deity.

The truth of the killings is told in first person by Don Diego De Vargas, who led the 1693 expedition back into New Mexico. De Vargas wrote in his now-translated journals (To the Royal Crown Restored, University of New Mexico Press, 1995) that "I told them I was having them killed”. He ordered his priests to attempt religious conversion of the condemned prisoners, that he ordered his officers to quickly execute the prisoners and wrote that "the number of Indians killed that day was 70." The book is available in the research section of the Santa Fe Public Library, just around the corner from the Plaza.

Homeless Demand Action, Will Occupy

Grand Valley Homeless Children Need Day Shelter

On Wednesday, September 1, at South 9th St. and the railroad tracks (631 S. 9th St.), Housing First! No More Deaths!, homeless families and other supporters are holding a demonstration to demand action for homeless families. As wonderful of a community as Grand Junction is, there remains a void in services provided to homeless families with children. If this need can not be met before the cold weather of winter comes to the Grand Valley, Housing First! No More Deaths! is ready to take action.

There have been around 500 school-age children identified as homeless in District 51, and there are many more homeless babies and toddlers. There is no designated space in our community for homeless families, some of the most vulnerable members of our community, to safely spend time during the day.

The Catholic Outreach Day Center provides space for homeless adults to do laundry, receive mail, and have shelter from inclement weather during the day. But the Day Center has exhausted their resources and are unable to allow children in their facility. This means that Grand Junction’s homeless children and babies are left out in the elements, and single mothers and fathers are left with nowhere to do laundry or access the Day Center’s other services.

Noah Rockslide not guilty in Cop15 trial

An American and an Australian activist have been cleared of planning violent demos at COP15.

Danish prosecutors have suffered a serious defeat in the wake of the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen last December after a court has cleared an Australian and an American activist of planning violent demonstrations during the summit.

The Copenhagen Municipal Court judge found that prosecution evidence was not strong enough to warrant the accusations and set the two free to the general applause of some 30 supporters.

The charges against the two, a 27-year-old American man and a 34-year-old Australian woman, included planning several violent demonstrations against, among others, the Danish confederation of industries DI, Dansk Energi, Shell, Maersk and Forum.

The two, who have previously been in custody for three weeks, have consistently denied all charges.

According to the charges the two had planned their violent demonstrations but were prevented from carrying them out when police detained them in mid-December, before the COP15 summit reached its climax.
 

Community Protests Police Terror

Community Protests Police Terror

On Saturday, August 28, activists and concerned community members marched through the streets of Denver to protest murders and beatings of unarmed persons by Denver and Aurora police officers. About 150 marchers gathered at 2 pm, at the corner of 20th Street and Little Raven, where Mark Ashford was brutalized. The march followed a route that visited the scene of police violence against Shawn Johnson and Michael DeHerrera at Fifteenth and Larimer Streets, and finally ending at the Van Cise Simonet Detention Center, where Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher arrested on a misdemeanor charge, was beaten, tased, and crushed to death by deputies on July 9, 2010, as he tried to retrieve his shoes, before being taken to another area of the jail.

There were several protests shortly after Mr. Booker's death. This larger event, organized by All Nations Alliance and West Denver and Aurora Copwatch, was the first since the usually complacent court termed Mr. Booker's death a homicide. The deputies involved in the death have been put on paid leave—hardly a punishment--and Safety Manager Ron Peria has resigned. However, outraged community members are calling for full prosecution of the case, with murder charges against the officers. They are also demanding the release of a video-tape that captured the murder of Mr. Booker.

Community March & Rally Against Police Brutality!

Join West Denver Copwatch, Aurora Copwatch, the hood, the barrio, the community, and concerned folks for a tour of police brutality.

Denver Law Enforcement has been brutal for years, however the situation has reached a pinnacle.

We will be marching to the sites of the most recent incidents of brutality

The march will be begin at 20th St and Little Raven where Mark Ashford was brutalized.

It will continue to 15th street and Larimer where Shawn Johnson and Michael DeHerrera were viciously assaulted.

The march will end at the Van Cise Justice Center where Marvin Booker was murdered by the hands of Denver deputies, and the rally will ensue.

Be there to demand JUSTICE, TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, OVERSIGHT, and an END TO POLICE BRUTALITY

Where: Gather at 20th and Little Raven

When: Saturday August 28, 2010 @ 2:00pm, Step off @ 2:30pm

Bring your love and your rage

Contact info: westdenvercopwatch@riseup.net
720.878.3658
 

Times and Places: On Consequence

by anonymous for Colorado Indymedia

August 20th, 2010 - Denver, CO

The police in Denver are rabid. Folks are saying the cops and the city are "circling their wagons" after multiple high-profile brutality incidents were caught on video. By the actions of the Denver Sheriff's Department and Denver Safety Manager Ron Perea, it would be hard to say those folks are wrong. At the new detention center, fully equipped with state of the art surveillance, a small but lively 54 year old black houseless street preacher brought in on a minor drug charge is beaten, choked out, and tased before succumbing to death over a pair of shoes; the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney do everything they can to suppress the release of the video in the name of a "pending investigation." His killers, five guards, continue to work in the facility despite a Denver Corner ruling of homicide this week. More rallies are planned.

Marvin Booker Rally Wednesday August 11th: DEMAND JUSTICE

Marvin Booker was a street pastor tased and beaten to death in the new Denver jail. His family, including his father and brothers have just arrived in Denver to get answers around his brutal murder.

The family, along with his attorneys, are demanding entrance into the jail to relive and attempt to put to rest the horrific tragedy that occurred by the hands of the Denver Sheriff’s department.

Join the Family for a press conference and to Demand Justice for Marvin Booker

When: Tomorrow, August 11th @ 10:00 am

Where: Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, located at 490 W.Colfax Ave

Southwest Regional EF! Rendezvous & Organizers’ Conference, August 20-22, 2010

Plans are in the works for a Southwest Bio-Regional Earth First! Rendezvous and Organizers’ Conference, August 20-22, in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Colorado. The rendezvous site is near the town of Saguache, in the Rio Grande National Forest. Exact site location and directions will be released some time in early August.

We’re seeking teachers and trainers to help facilitate workshops in direct action, civil disobedience, forest defense, eco-defense, and more…

We must build the skill sets and face to face relationships of trust and affinity necessary to effectively defend our bio-regions and land bases.

The size and organization of this event will in many ways reflect our current state as a force to be reckoned with in the Southwest, which is to say that this will be a small gathering with less structure and organization than other rendezvous in bio-regions where the EF! presence is more established and experienced.

Though an informal communal kitchen will be formed, please come prepared for self-sufficiency and inclement weather. Water for filtration or other purification is available on site.

Contact southwestearthfirst@riseup.net for more info or to get involved.
 

More: http://southwestearthfirst.wordp...

Banner Drop in Lafayette in Solidarity with Marvin Booker!!

A Banner reading All Cops R Murderers Justice 4 Marvin Booker was hung about 3 p.m. in the afternoon on Highway 287 and the Emma St. overpass.  Justice for Marvin Booker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An Organizer's Report-Back from Wild Roots Feral Futures 2010

The second annual Wild Roots Feral Futures, a small, free, and informal eco-defense & earth skills gathering on the shores of the Piedra River in the San Juan National Forest of Southwest Colorado—which we consider occupied Ute territories—took place from June 19th through 26th, 2010. Many attendees arrived days before the official start of the gathering, and others stayed on after the official end to help break down and clean up. Nestled in one of the largest and last remaining stands of old growth Ponderosa Pine, amongst the meadows of many-colored wild-flowers and the natural hot springs along the Piedra River, on the edge of Colorado's largest Wilderness area, folks from coast to coast converged to share skills, stories, music, adventures, and much more...

For my part as a locally-based event organizer, the tasks and lessons of co-organizing such an event proved to be quite challenging, not to mention draining (to the point that it's taken me weeks of r&r to even get around to writing this report-back, sorry!). Pre-event organizing—which mostly consisted of promotion online and around town—wasn't as taxing, but once in the woods, I found very little time to participate in the many amazing activities and workshops, and spent much of my time filling roles no one else had stepped up and volunteered for. Naturally, tasks like digging or burying latrines, or graveyard welcoming/security shifts, are quite often difficult to get folks to volunteer for, but towards the end, it became very difficult to get anyone to sign up for any of the shifts whatsoever, and a handful of people ended up carrying a disproportionately large amount of responsibility (many thanks to all those who did volunteer, and extra special thanks to those of you who did something multiple times when others wouldn't step up!).

Oscar Grant: Denver stands in solidarity with Oakland

http://denverabc.wordpress.com/2...

Justice for oscarDenver, January 8, 2010: At the same time that crowds started to gather in Oakland to respond to the verdict in the trial of BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, residents of Denver rallied in opposition to the murder of Oscar Grant and to the occupation of our neighborhoods by the police.

Denver Anarchist Black Cross put out a call for a solidarity demonstration to start at 7pm local time at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 13th and Cherokee in downtown. OscarAbout 35 folks showed up with 2 hours notice with banners and signs that read “All cops are murderers” and “From Oakland to Denver, we will always remember”.

After spending half an hour at the Sheriff’s Department, the crowd moved to a busier intersection outside the U.S. Mint at Colfax and Cherokee. After another half hour, and many honks, raised fists, and cheers of support, the group marched to the corner of Broadway and Colfax, one of the busiest intersections in downtown Denver.

New infoshop to open in Denver: Call to collaborate!

Since the closing of Unity Infoshop several years ago, Denver has lacked a specifically anti-authoritatian community space. While several spaces exist that help to strengthen a local anarchist movement, specifically anarchist spaces do not exist in the Denver metro area.

With the opening of the 27 Social Centre this May, the humble foundations for a new anarchist and anti-capitalist community space have been laid. Now, in an attempt to really develop this space into one that can help strengthen and even expand local struggles against domination, a small crew of folks are organizing for an infoshop and lending library to be housed in the 27.

We're calling for collaboration from any folks that are interested in helping ensure that quality anarchist literature, books, and other forms of culture and education are available in a large quantity through a local infoshop project. We will be hosting an open meeting at the 27 Social Centre (2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D) on Wednesday July 14th at 6pm.

Please join us to help vision and organize for this new project!

If you aren't interested in helping organize, but want to help out, any donations of books, magazines, periodicals, or other materials would be greatly appreciated and vital to the existence of this project.

In love and solidarity!
Some Denver Folx.
 

White Supremacist group leaves threatening message on musician's voicemail

On June 30, 2010, as I sat at the coffeehouse where I often go to use the Internet, I decided to search my own name via the Google search engine, to see where some of my articles, videos, music and other items may have been reposted, reproduced, linked and/or embedded online. I'm a songwriter and performer and I post my music on YouTube where I have a channel, and much to my dismay I found one of my more controversial songs, which I wrote in 2008 but did not record until 2010, embedded on a white supremacist social networking site for the National Socialist Movement (NSM) called "White American Revolution."

In order to deny them the opportunity to make either myself or the City of Denver, Colorado, a target, as well as to prevent them from using it as some form of propaganda, I chose to disallow embedding of the song, which is called "White Flight" and is about neo-liberal urban gentrification in general. After disabling the embedding option, quite literally only one day later, I received a hateful and threatening message in my voicemail on my cell phone. I attached the .mov file with the audio to the story and the following link is to a YouTube video with the audio recording of the voicemail message I received on July 1st, 2010, around 10 P.M. or so at night (the message contains language that may be considered disturbing and offensive, listener discretion is advised):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d...

Here is a link to the video containing the song "White Flight." 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B...

Following the Call of the Woods: Some Impressions of Wild Roots/Feral Futures 2010

The Wild Roots/Feral Futures gathering took place nestled in the rugged San Juan National Forest of southwestern Colorado, stretching from the first quarter moon on Saturday, June 19th, through the Summer Solstice on the 21st, to the full moon on Saturday the 26th, although many camped out days prior and stayed past the “official” end of the gathering. Billed as “a rewilding gathering of rebel tribes and Earth warriors”, Feral Futures essentially an opportunity to unplug from the consumerist, urban milieu in which most of us live and struggle from day to day, and instead visualize and practice living in communal simplicity, freed from Civilization's technology and social hierarchy and in connection with the rhythms of Nature.

FBI/DHS Attempt to Seize Colorado Indymedia Server and Silence Our Users

UPDATE JULY 09 2012: Some public records requests were made about this investigation and have been posted to http://colorado.indymedia.org/no...

On Jun 17, Colorado Indymedia was contacted by Special Agent Adam Kowalski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of an "ongoing investigation" by Federal Protective Services, they attempted to seize the Colorado Indymedia server, believing that we kept logs (such as IP address access logs) that could identity users on our site. Our servers are graciously hosted at Denver Open Media who was approached by Kowalski. Kowalski claimed he had a court order but refused to leave a copy at Denver Open Media. He was told to contact the system administrators in order to obtain the logs as Denver Open Media does not have the ability to consent to a seizure or search of our property.

As of this date, we do not have a copy of the court order if it even exists. It's likely that this was just a bluff as it's well-established that cops, the FBI, and other law enforcement can lie in order to illicit consent and lying about court orders is no exception.

We told the FBI that "Colorado Indymedia does not retain this [identifying] information because we strongly believe in the First Amendment right to free, anonymous speech. Frequently communities outside of our society's mainstream feel more comfortable expressing their views in an anonymous setting. Like all Independent Media Centers, Colorado Indymedia exists to serve these communities, and thus strives to maintain the anonymity of its users."

Less than Equal: The Criminalization of Immigrant Workers

by Tom Gomez

David Miljares came to the US from Mexico in the early 1980’s. He hoped to find streets paved with gold; instead he found work as a migrant laborer. Sometimes Miljares says he earned as much as $40 a day picking crops in the broiling sun. Often though, he earned far less. A whole day’s work in a pesticide laden field sometimes brought only $20. Once Miljares claims he spent two weeks cleaning land in eastern Oregon with dozens of other undocumented workers and didn’t get paid at all. Eventually Miljares turned to crime and became a thief. At the age of 25 he was given a 28 years sentence for multiple counts of residential burglary and illegally re-entering the US. Now 41 and in prison for the past 16 years, Miljares is one of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants incarcerated in US prisons.

Unlike Miljares however, many, if not most of the undocumented immigrants in the criminal justice system, are in prison for no more than using false documents to work and drive, lying to police about their immigration status, or illegally re-entering the US; often having been deported usually to be reunited with wives and children. Others however are in prison for serious crimes, and will be here for a long time. No one believes that criminal aliens like David Miljares serving time for serious felony charges should be set free. But the cost of housing undocumented immigrants in US prisons is prohibitively high. Should he serve his full sentence the government will have spent $840,000 on Miljares alone. Few undocumented immigrants justify such expense.

Denver joins in world protests of Flotilla massacre

As I write this there is a crowd gathered in front of the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver holding a demonstration in protest of the massacre of civilians committed by the Israeli military on Monday, May 31, 2010, aboard the Mavi Marmara as it sailed in international waters en route to Gaza to deliver much needed humanitarian aid in defiance of the Israeli State's illegal blockade, which has claimed countless Palestinian lives. 

The protest is being held in solidarity with massive protests around the world over this heinous crime committed by the Israeli military. The crowd is relatively large and the press was present from television news outlets. The signs are large and visible along with Palestinian and American flags. 

The number of people killed aboard the Mavi Marmara is still not confirmed, last I heard it was around 20 or more, and most recent reports from eye-witness/activists who have returned to Turkey and Greece say the Israeli military opened fire on the Freedom Flotilla prior to their soldiers' boarding the Mavi Marmara, according to a report yesterday by the Guardian/UK ("Israelis opened fire before boarding Gaza flotilla, say released activists," published Tuesday June 1, 2010, by Dorian Jones from Istanbul, Turkey, and Helena Smith in London.)

The demonstration gathered on Lincoln and Colfax at 5:30 P.M. and will likely run until dark, so if anyone reading can join the crowd there is still time. Thank you to everyone attending and expressing solidarity with the victims of the flotilla massacre and the people of Gaza still under siege after more than a year of Israel's illegal blockade. 

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