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Santa Cruz Billboard Shows Remarkable Candor

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Santa Cruz, CA, October 7th, 2005: A Red Cross advertisement on Santa Cruz County's only remaining billboard, the "whale billboard" along Highway 17, was modified today by the Billboard Liberation Front who struck in the name of truth-in-advertising.

Where before the billboard exhorted people to give to the Red Cross, the added text reads "'cuz the government ain't doing squat."

This became painfully clear in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. It was revealed that not only had the Bush administration pulled funding for levy repair in New Orleans to fund the war in Iraq, but left National Guard troops unavailable in the wake of the disaster. The largely poor and black sections of the city were left without food, water, or relief. Critics of the government’s response to the disaster, pointed out that government response to the disaster was inadequate at best, and In many cases made a bad situation worse.
 

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Announcement :: Alternative Media

Let's Make Media

It's that time of year again. Join us and get involved in a local and global media revolution.

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After taking the summer off from meetings, Santa Cruz Independent Media Center volunteers will be holding the first meeting of the season this Sunday, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. The RCNV is located at 515 Broadway off of Ocean in Santa Cruz.

Do you support the idea of a grassroots-based, media for the people? Are you interested in covering stories that often don't get accurately covered by the corporate media -- if at all? Do you have tech skills that you would like to use to support independent media? Whatever your interests, abilities and skills, you can volunteer to support independent media.

At the meeting, you can learn more about indymedia, how to use the site to pubish and how to use various mediums in online publishing. You can also coordinate with other imcistas and get any questions answered that you might have.
 

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News :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Resistance & Tactics

Audio, Photos and Written Reports from Houston and New Orleans

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On September 9th, Vinny and I arrived in Houston, Texas along with Blank from Portland, Oregon to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The three of us headed to Houston to help with with independent media, including a low power fm radio station which was being organized for the Astrodome. Upon our arrival in Houston, we learned that the Astrodome emergency radio station was again being blocked from broadcasting information to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

We went to the Astrodome and spoke with people who were willing to speak with us. We listened to their experiences in the past and at the Astrodome. Please visit the following links for audio, photos and written reports published by Vinny, Blank and I.

Audio: Criticism of Red Cross Relief Efforts at Astrodome || Katrina Survivor Recounts Experiences || Another Katrina Survivor Recounts Experiences || "One Day at a Time" || Katrina Survivors Organize for Better Conditions || Interview from 'Dome City' with Joseph Bijou of New Orleans || Activists Organize to Free Frances Newton

Photos: The Surreal Scene of Dome City || More Scenes from 'Dome City'

Words: The Houston Astrodome: Do You Know What Is Really Happening?

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While in Houston, we were asked if we could go down to the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana to help set up an emergency low power fm radio station. We were welcomed into the Algiers community by Malik Rahim and Common Ground, a community-run organization offering temporary assistance and mutual aid to the citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

Words: Algiers New Orleans: Where Common Ground Is Found

Photos: Creativity, Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Algiers, New Orleans || Community Support in Algiers, New Orleans || Common Ground Wellness Center in Algiers, New Orleans || Finding Common Ground in New Orleans

Audio: Interview with Noah, a volunteer medic || Algiers residents starting to return || Leenie Halbert interview || FSRN: Grassroots Groups Offer Assistance in Algiers

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We returned to Houston on September 16th. Blank traveled back to Portland and Vinny and I stayed in Houston. We continued trying to find out what was happening with the people at the shelters; human souls that we are referring to as "Katrina survivors."

Audio: Struggles for Katrina Survivors at George R. Brown Convention Center || Interview from 'Dome City' with Josh from New Orleans || Houston Ends Katrina Shelter Operations || Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

Photos: No Compassion at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston || Scenes from the Reliant Arena || Exit Only at the George R. Brown in Houston || Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

more resources: Houston Indymedia || Common Ground Relief || New Orleans Indymedia || Real Reports of Katrina Relief || Katrina Indymedia || Portland Indymedia's katrina aftermath page || Indybay's poverty page || Infoshops's Hurricane Katrina Mutual Aid Relief || Food Not Bombs || Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Hurricane Katrina Relief || Common Ground: How You Can Help

Live radio from Algiers, New Orleans!: Listen to MP3 stream (or try m3u link). In New Orleans, tune in at 88.7FM or call in at 303-572-4390
 

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News :: Alternative Media : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

San Diego Escalates its War on Free Speech: Free Radio San Diego 96.9 Raided

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Two activists are still in jail for defending the first amendment in the recent Grand Jury witchhunt. More activists are receiving subpoenas daily. Today the war on Free Speech in San Diego was escalated to a new level.

This morning, July 21st, at approximately 11AM, Pirate 96.9 was raided by the FCC.

Interview on radioActive sanDiego (.mp3) | Interview on Free Radio Santa Cruz | Please replay on your free, community and pirate radio stations.

The broadcast location of Pirate 96.9 was raided by a number of FCC agents with marshalls. No one was present at the location, so the FCC broke the locks on their doors, entered by force, took their equipment and left. They left a warrant behind them.

The antenna was taken as well as a number of other major components of broadcasting equipment.

Pirate 96.9 is currently off the air. More information at www.pirate969.org

Read a blog entry from just after the raid here: steadydietofnothing | more photos at San Diego Indymedia
 

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News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture

Radio Free Brattleboro Shut Down By Feds

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Brattleboro, Vermont - At 6:58 a.m., June 22, 2005, armed with a warrant issued by a Burlington magistrate, United States Marshals entered the studios of Radio Free Brattleboro and seized its broadcasting equipment. The seizure of equipment and shutdown of rfb's local broadcasts under authority of a warrant issued in Burlington comes while an action is still pending before Judge J. Garvan Murtha in the federal court in Brattleboro.

Rfb does not operate in defiance of government but rather from the belief of its members and listeners that community radio is essential to good government and democratic process. Radio free brattleboro has always stressed to the public and to the FCC that it will adhere to FCC guidelines and will serve the public whether licensed or not.

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: RFB Busted || "Strategies for Microradio Activists" (May 2004) || "Radio Free Brattleboro Shuts Down" (June, 2003)

[ Radio Free Brattleboro ]
 

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Articles

LOCAL Announcement :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Resistance & Tactics

CONTROL ROOM at Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In (1/13)

A glimpse into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the 7-year-old Arab-language Al Jazeera news network, offers us a fierce yet often surprisingly friendly debate about the clashing ways in which the U.S. invasion and takeover of Iraq have been portrayed by American and Arab journalists.
 

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LOCAL Announcement :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Peace & War

Beyond Treason Film Screening 1/17/06 @ Vets Hall

 

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News :: Alternative Media : Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

Talleres Foro Social Alternativo, Caracas - 22 a 29/01/2006

* Se presenta un primer listado descriptivo de Talleres previstos en el marco del FSA-Caracas/2006, evento paralelo al Foro Social Mundial que el gobierno venezolano apadrina para las mismas fechas.
 

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LOCAL Announcement :: Alternative Media

Food Not Bombs (1/12)

SANTA CRUZ FOOD NOT BOMBS IS IN URGENT NEED OF VOLUNTEERS! WE WILL BE HAVING A MEETING THURSDAY THE 12TH IN LAUREL PARK BEHIND LOUDEN NELSON CENTER @ 2:00PM RAIN OR SHINE. THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION. WE NEED YOU SANTA CRUZ. WE NEED COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS!
 

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News :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

SAOIRSE - Irish Freedom

Keep informed on Irish Republican activism--Read SAOIRSE!
 

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