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LOCAL Announcement :: Government & Elections

Activists and Musicians Come Together to Promote Open Voting

i voted.jpgOn Friday, February 4th at 7:30pm in the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz, activists and musicians will speak and perform at an event to promote and benefit a new open voting system.

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News :: Media Criticism

Examiner ad demonizes Palestinian children, shows young girl with gun

Such anti-Palestinian stereotypes obscure the reality that over the past four years Palestinian children have been the principal victims of violence and other human rights abuses in the Israel-Palestine conflict. 625 Palestinian children were killed by the Israeli army and settlers in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip between 29 September 2000 and 31 December 2004 according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society. Over 100 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

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News :: Resistance & Tactics

130+ PROTESTS SINCE NOV. 2 -also- DC Police Found "Guilty"

Over 130 separate protest actions have taken place in the US since Nov. 2.
In January alone, there have been nearly 60 demonstrations and marches
protesting against the Bush Administration and the Iraq war. Inauguration
day saw 43 separate actions in as many cities from coast to coast.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Conspiracy by US Government to Put Satirist Out of Business

Alberto Gonzales: "The Convention Against Torture treaty, as ratified by the Senate, doesn't prohibit the use of 'cruel, inhuman or degrading' tactics on non-U.S. citizens who are captured abroad, in Iraq or elsewhere."

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LOCAL News :: Police State

Martin Rodriguez: Tortured in the San Jose Main Jail

Martín Rodriguez says he was tortured in the San Jose Main Jail while spending 115 days there on dubious drug charges. His public defender demanded he plead guilty and he is seeking adequate representation for a plea of innocent. His cause has been taken up by the Barrio Defense Committee of San Jose.

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News :: [none]

Nader: Activists Cannot Afford to Take A Day Off

Ralph Nader at Rio Theater, Jan 24. Ralph Nader was in Santa Cruz Monday night on his Anti-War Tour speaking about government corruption and the Iraq War. He gave the crowd numerous reasons to be outraged by the current political situation in the U.S. and urged them to take action.

His presentation was a variation on his lifelong message: outrage against a system completely corrupted by corporate influence. Citing everything from the grossly inflated military budget that charges tax payers $220 million for a single F-22 plane to the systematic conditioning of children for commercial gain by corporations, he implored the crowd to become active in politics, especially at the grass roots level.

“The forces of injustice never take a day off. We cannot afford to.?

Audio: Ralph Nader Rocks the Rio
Photos: Dance Brigade at the Rio Theater
Photos: Nader, Gonzalez, and more...

Another Reportback: Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez speak at the Rio

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LOCAL Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

RESISTANCE, SABOTAGE, AND MUSIC at Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In Friday 28 Jan 7pm

RESISTANCE, SABOTAGE, AND MUSIC, is a two hour history of the use of direct action against industrial excess. It focuses on three groups, the Luddites, the IWW, and Earth First!, and examines the evolution of their beliefs, tactics, and their culture as expressed by their music and art. It features rare footage and photos, and interviews with Howard Zinn, Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney, Stan Anderson, and many others.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections

Peaceful Protest Continues in Baghdad

Contrary to US plans, Moktada Al Sadr continues to be recognized as a leader by the Iraqi people. Today he is at the forefront of protests in the capitol that have continued peacefully for over a week. "The government has given nothing to the Iraqi people, and all the political parties say yes to the Americans. The elections are useless. They will do nothing for us," said Nizar Khanjar, 27.... "Only the Sadr office is defending the rights of the people."

With the fall of the Saddam regime, Iraqis have seen harder times than they had even under sanctions, and the interim government of CIA fledgling Allawi has been largely powerless to help them. Since 1964, the CIA has acted as if a deity in the selection of Iraqi leadership, but they appear to have underestimated the power the Sadr clan, widely repected in both Iraq and Iran.


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News :: Resistance & Tactics

Venezuelan March for Sovereignty: Caracas January 23 2005

Tour of the Revolution II: Photo Essay
Venezuelan March for Sovereignty: Caracas January 23 2005
"En Defensa de la Soberanía"

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections

Munich Wants Don Rumsfeld, But He Can't Go Back There

Donald Rumsfeld has cancelled plans to attend the Munich Security Conference in February. The prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe is examining a complaint naming Rumsfeld and others in allegations of crimes against humanity and genocide.

Center For Constitutional Rights Seeks Criminal Investigation in Germany into Culpability of U.S. Officials in Abu Ghraib Torture

German Prosecutor Asked to Meet Obligations under Law Requiring Investigation into Torture and War Crimes. Doctrine of Universal Jurisdiction Permits Prosecution of Suspected War Criminals Wherever They May Be Found

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