Survey finds law criminalizes activities necessary for homeless survival without providing alternatives.
The Denver Camping Ban: A Report from the Street
Camping Ban Proves to be Counterproductive and Cruel
Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) is a coalition of individuals and organizations working hand-in-hand with and for the homeless on the impact of the “Urban Camping” Ban. The “Urban Camping” Ban authorizes the police to require the homeless go to a shelter or move along whenever they are caught protecting themselves from the elements or face criminal sanctions. The ordinance went into effect on May 28, 2012. DHOL works to insure that Denver’s homeless community has access to public space, adequate services, and a political voice in the City of Denver.
on july 9th in response to the second anniversay of the murder of marvin booker in downtown denver's detention facility two banners were dropped and revolutionary graffiti was put on walls. one banner on highway 93 said "no tears for dead cops vengeance for marvin booker" in regards to an anti-police brutality rally cancelled out of "respect" for a denver police officer killed breaking up a fight in park hill.
another banner was hung demanding freedom for amelia nicol, who had a court date on july 9th after being arrested and jailed for squatting more than six months ago. graffiti demanding the freedom of several other anarchist prisoners along with anti-police slogans were also sprayed on several walls.
july 9th, the day marvin booker was killed, should always remain a day of struggle, conflict and agitation towards the police and state. it is with regret that this was all that was mustered.
don't be pacified by populism and big tents. refuse the left's theft of confrontational oxygen and rhetoric. occupy is dead!
Approximately two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI attempted to seize the Colorado Indymedia server because somebody posted a communique here taking responsibility for the breaking of windows at an ICE office. If you want to read more about the incident and our response, see our article at http://colorado.indymedia.org/no...
I filed Freedom of Information Requests to the Loveland Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and a couple other agencies to find out more about the investigation that almost took our site offline. I received a couple dozen pages of records. Because of the contents of these records, we now have conclusive proof the DHS/FBI agents that visited the organization that hosts our server (Denver Open Media) lied to them about having a warrant to seize the server. While I am not in the least bit surprised that they lied about this (and they are certainly allowed to under the law), we now know for certain that it was a lie. This serves as another reminder that you should always double-check the claims that police make.
I've posted the records here in case anybody else may find them useful in researching political repression in the area. Please note that you cannot use any personal information from the records of Loveland PD or other state agencies for business/solicitation purposes per C.R.S. 24-72-305.5 (see http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit...).
Records from CIAC (Colorado Information Analysis Center/Fusion Center)
Records from the FBI
Pictures of the vandalism from the Loveland PD:
Loveland PD Records
Wild Roots Feral Futures is an informal, completely free and non-commercial, and loosely organized event operating on (less than a) shoe-string budget, formed entirely off of donated, scavenged, or liberated supplies and sustained through 100% volunteer effort.
This year, we are reaching out to the greater community in an appeal for funding donations. All proceeds go directly to acquiring essential collective supplies and food, as well as reimbursing trainers, speakers, teachers, performers, medics, and others who are traveling long distances to provide us with their services, knowledge, skills, and expertise.
Donation records & expense reports will be openly reviewed on the ground at Wild Roots Feral Futures by the organizers' collective and any other attendees/participants interested in such transparency and accountability.
Every dollar helps. Thank you in advance!
By Carol Berry, Indian Country Today Media Network, March 7, 2012
Russell Means, a prominent Oglala Lakota activist, actor and cancer survivor, is one of several elders scheduled to attend a buffalo harvest March 16 to 18 at Fort Lewis College (FLC), in southwestern Colorado.
“I am very honored to be present at the upcoming buffalo ceremony,” Means told ICTMN. “I look forward to speaking to the students.”
Means is currently undergoing a periodic medical checkup at a Scottsdale, Arizona clinic where he received targeted radiation therapy for throat cancer. He says a combination of that therapy and traditional healing methods have left him “essentially cancer-free.”
Saturday, December 31 at 11:30pm - Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 1:00am
Outside & inside La Plata County Jail (Durango, CO)
742 Turner Drive
(Not in or near La Plata County? Organize NYE noise demos outside prisons, jails, and detention centers in your area!)
Join us in making a ruckus outside (and inside!) La Plata County Jail in Durango, CO this coming New Year's Eve (& *every* NYE!).
This easy, safe, and simple expression of solidarity can have amazing positive impact for those behind and inside the walls and bars of the incarceration system. Let's make some noise and let them know that they're not alone and not forgotten.
(Note: Remaining on public property for a noise demo outside a prison, jail, or detention center is perfectly legal. As long as participants remain on public property, they are not placing themselves at legal risk.)
Bring noise makers, drums, instruments, sound systems, your voice, your friends, your family, your lovers, and your indomitable spirit of resistance.
This event, which we hope to make a yearly event in our community, is inspired by the North American call out for a day of action against prisons in the New Year of 2011, which remains relevant unchanged:
Noise demos outside of prisons in some countries are a continuing tradition. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that.
ARMY SETS PRE-TRIAL HEARING DATE FOR BRADLEY. VIGILS AND RALLIES PLANNED AT FORT MEADE MD, WORLDWIDE.
Solidarity Rally in Durango. Saturday, December 17th, 2011. 1PM. 11th St. & Main Ave.
The United States Army has scheduled an Article 32 pretrial hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence specialist accused of releasing classified material to WikiLeaks. The pretrial hearing will commence on December 16 at Fort Meade, Maryland.
This will be PFC Manning’s first appearance before a court and the first time he will face his accusers after 17 months in confinement. In a blog post this morning, Manning’s lead counsel, David Coombs, notified supporters that the pretrial phase is scheduled to last five days.
Here is the full text of his update:
“The Article 32 hearing for PFC Bradley Manning will begin on December 16, 2011 at Fort Meade, Maryland. The hearing is expected to last approximately five days. With the exception of those limited times where classified information is being discussed, the hearing will be open to the public.
The primary purpose of the Article 32 hearing is to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case as well as to provide the defense with an opportunity to obtain pretrial discovery. The defense is entitled to call witnesses during the hearing and to also cross examine the government’s witnesses. Each witness who testifies is placed under oath; their testimony can therefore be used during the trial for impeachment purposes or as prior testimony should the witness become unavailable.
Against police violence, here and everywhere, and in solidarity with all victims of police brutality around the world…
On the night of Halloween, October 31st 2011, and into the early hours of November 1st, the Durango Police Department used excessive force (pepper spray and bean bag guns, painful and dangerous weapons) against unarmed, peaceful zombie marchers. This kind of unrestrained, irresponsible behavior MUST not be tolerated in our community.
On November 1st, in phase one of our community response to this unacceptably brutal behavior on the behalf of DPD, community members attended the Durango City Council meeting to express concerns during the public comment period, and were laughed at and summarily dismissed by city officials. We are here to say: We will not go away, and we will not be silenced! We demand accountability!
For phase two of our response, we’re calling for a rally against police brutality at Buckley Park, on the corner of 12th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, starting at 2PM this coming Saturday, November 5th. Around 5PM we will march to Fassbinder Park on 17th Street & Main Avenue, home of Occupy Durango*, for a General Assembly.
This date has greater significance in popular culture as well, and actions will be taking place around the world on that day. Let us stand in solidarity with the global uprising currently underway! Join us!
Please bring signs, bannners, sidewalk chalk, noise makers (etc.), your friends, and of course, your indomitable spirit of resistance.
(If you have videos or pictures of last night’s police violence, please upload them to the internet and post them here!)
#OccupyDurango Friday October 14th & Saturday October 15th,
Fassbinder Park, 17th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, CO
Rally at 4PM Friday October 14th, on the corner of 11th Street & Main Avenue.
March North to Fassbinder Park around 5PM to set up occupation.
Bring tents, sleeping bags, warm clothes, camp chairs, blankets, food, water, musical instruments, other camping supplies, signs, banners, flags, boom boxes, noise makers, your friends, family, and lovers, and your indomitable spirit of resistance!
General Assembly at 4PM on Saturday the 15th
@ #OccupyDurango in Fassbinder Park!
from Rocky Mountain Antifa:
We are pleased to state that our inaugural post as Rocky Mountain Antifa is a post of substance and action. A report and several pictures informed us of a rash of Nazi graffiti in East Arvada. Targets included the Lutz soccer field, Vanderhoof elementary school, a park adjacent to Vanderhoof, a wall dividing the nearby neighborhood from 58th Avenue, and the Arvada Plaza. Two antifascists took it upon themselves to cover up the filth and leave an antifascist message, and several members of the neighborhood were reportedly overheard talking about how slow the city was to respond and that it was a good thing people had taken the initiative to cover it up themselves.