Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Four Earth First! protesters were arrested yesterday after they temporarily stopped a semi-truck carrying a 140-foot wind turbine blade to the Kibby Wind Power Project. One of those arrested ran under the truck and locked herself to the trailer’s steel supports. A group of about 50 people who had been attending the national Earth First! summer meeting at a camp in Coplin Plantation, began assembling at 5 a.m. at the entrance to the Gold Brook.
The meeting itslef was branded by many as a terrorist gathering. Harriet Powers, who attended the meeting, told the Sun Journal she blames police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for riling people up about Earth First!.
“It looks to me like the sheriffs and the cops want to start something, and I guess that the FBI is the one that we found out started everything in town, telling everybody they were terrorists and everything,” she said.
The following is from the Irregular.
EARTH FIRST! PROTESTS KIBBY WIND POWER.
A gay couple were attacked an d robbed in a city park July 2 in Atlanta. There are three interesting parts of this story (an attack on a gay couple, unfortunately is not all that uncommon). First, the couple fought back and until the three attackers were reinforced by eight to ten others had the upper hand. Second, the police responded quickly and arrested six people. Third, the Atlanta police have classified the attack as a bias crime although the great state of Georgia does not have a hate crime statute. In fact, Georgia doesn't view lesbians, gays, transgender, bisexual and queer people as deserving of full rights, but rather as still second-class citizens who are not legally allowed to get married but can be fired for being gay.
Meanwhile, Atlanta Police Department Officer Patricia Powell, the recently appointed LGBT liaison, said she is considering offering a safety course to gay Midtown residents following the incident.
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE GEORGIA VOICE.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
The ongoing struggle of the Sahrawi people for an independent homeland continues and continues.
Few are those who take note.
Last week, however, t
Can you believe it is 2010 and we are talking about the scheduled stoning death of a woman. Unbelievable!
Iranian Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is sentenced to death because she allegedly had sex outside of marriage. She is the victim of a theocratic regime that executes women who stray from the scriptural, patriarchal dogma they are otherwise compelled to observe.
It's disgusting and don't tell me I should mind my own business and stay out of other people's cultures or relgions, because that isn't going to happen.
But I digress. Under the Islamic Penal Code of Iran states that the stones used should “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes” – clearly aiming to inflict a slow and painful death. Wouldn't want a "gentle" stoning, for god's sake...literally for god's sake, I guess.
I know that the actions suggested below pale before what really needs to be done, but what can I say. I can say support the progressive and left forces who have struggled for years to topple the reactionaries from power in Iran. Support a real People's Revolution and a real Revolutionary Iran - an Iran that will both oppose imperialism and stand for the human rights of it's people. You know, like a socialist Iran or something...
The following is from Maryam Namazie.
This story sounds all too familiar to me. Brandon Travis Daniels, 19, was arrested Friday just after 6:30 p.m., when police responded to a complaint "regarding possible drunkenness," a police spokeswoman said Sunday. Twelve hours later, still in police custody, the indigenous man was dead.
To begin with it is unlikely Brandon was drunk. The Mistawasis First Nation man, was visiting cousins and shopping for an uncle's wedding when he went missing Friday afternoon, said his mother Sherry Bird. While his cousin was applying for a job, Brandon waited outside. When his cousin returned, he was gone.
Police had been called by someone who saw Daniels sitting on a bench and vomiting around 6:30 p.m. Friday. Thus, the cops figured - drunk Indian. I mean, why else would a person vomit?
I've seen this story too often for my liking.
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE NATIONAL POST.
Teen visiting Saskatoon found dead in police cell
Kathryn Blaze Carlson, National Post · Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2010
Brandon Travis Daniels’ weekend visit to Saskatoon descended into tragedy after he was found dead in a police detention cell on Saturday morning, and now his family wants to know why the “quiet, shy” 19-year-old did not make it through the night alive.
Mr. Daniels, who was a sibling to eight brothers and sisters and who lived with his mother on Mistawasis First Nation reserve, was reportedly picked up alone near a movie theatre for public drunkenness on Friday night. Twelve hours later, the shaggy-haired teen was pronounced dead.
“It’s sort of unbelievable,” his mother, Sherry Bird, said from her home 120 kilometres north of Saskatoon. “To hear that he was picked up by police in the first place is surprising, but to hear that he died in a cell, of all places, is unbelievable.”
Ms. Bird said her son’s death is made ever more surreal by the fact that she has yet to see her son, as his remains are still in Saskatoon awaiting an autopsy sometime on Tuesday.
Mr. Daniels’ Facebook page is rife with references to playing video games, and lists his interests as graffiti, nature, reading the Twilight series, listening to Michael Jackson and surfing. By Saturday night, his sister’s Facebook profile was filled with condolences and personal reflections about her loss.
“I sooo wished i wouldve woke up this mornin and you would come walkin through those doors,” his sister, Krista, wrote on Sunday afternoon. “Brother come home.”
Bev Wise, Mr. Daniels’ aunt and a former councillor on the reserve, said the tight-knit family is “lost” and desperate to know how Mr. Daniels’ weekend visit to see his older cousin could have turned fatal.
“Why didn’t they take him for medical attention?” said Ms. Wise, adding that the family was told Mr. Daniels — who was unemployed at the time — was found vomiting on a bench near a Galaxy Cinema. “We’re lost; we really don’t know how this could have happened.”
The Saskatoon Police Service has launched an investigation and will rely on interviews with officers, witnesses and video footage of Mr. Daniels’ cell, said Const. TishaRae Stonehouse. The province’s Ministry of Justice appointed the RCMP to oversee the probe.
“We’ll do all we can to discover why it took place,” Const. Stonehouse said, adding that video-monitoring of cells was part of a recent revamp of the detention centre. “If anything is determined that we could do better, then that is something that would be looked at in the context of an inquiry.”
Const. Stonehouse said detention cells are checked every 10 minutes by commissionaires and every hour by the sergeant or special constable on duty. She said it is “up to officer discretion to determine whether an individual is in medical distress,” and said the officers who made initial contact with Mr. Daniels “determined that police cells were the appropriate place for this male.” The issue of death in police custody made headlines in Saskatoon four years ago when a 38-year-old man died from a mix of drugs and alcohol after lying on the concrete floor of a police cell for eight hours.
Judy Othner, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Corrections, said the province “takes these situations very seriously,” and said deaths in cells is a public safety priority.
“Custodial supervision turns over much of an individual’s rights to a police service, and we count on a police service to ensure that the person in custody is receiving appropriate supervision,” she said.
Ms. Othner said Mr. Daniels’ passing marks the province’s fourth death in a police cell since February 2004.
His death also marks the second fatal tragedy to rock the Daniels family: In 2006, Mr. Daniels’ 22-year-old cousin was killed in a double-homicide on the reserve. Earlier this year, the accused was found not guilty.
“First the justice system failed us, and now the police,” said Patricia Daniels, Mr. Daniels’ aunt. “Yet another young boy is lost from our family.”