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I pity the nation that needs to jail those that ask for justice

I pity the nation that needs to jail those that ask for justice

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Between people there are no borders. ¡Que viva la solidaridad!

 

News and Events for Monday, Nov 1st


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thanks to everyone who helped with the 2010 Bowl-a-thon. It was a super success!

Props to Right 2 Survive with the highest scoring team who won fabulous prizes and to the IWW team who won biggest loser and a case of beer!
We hope everyone had a great time. Thanks to our sponsors: Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi, Black Star Bags, Nuestra Cocina, Enjoni Cafe, and the Alberta Co-op.

Tonight 6-8pm Dia de los Muertos
@ the AFSC office 2249 E. Burnside


Join us to celebrate with the CSAM, AFSC, and the IWW as we make offerings of food and prayer to the altar we have constructed at the office.
Our altar is dedicated to activists like Ben Linder, Brad Will,  and Marcelo Rivera (anti-mining activist in El Salvador) who have died in the struggle.
All are welcome this evening.

Wed, Nov. 3rd 7-9pm

Queer Solidarity: LGBTQ organizing in El Salvador
a conversation with gay rights William Hernandez from Entre Amigos

@ PIVOT 209 SW 4th Ave
www.pivotpdx.org

Co-sponsored by Basic RIghts Oregon, Cascade AIDS Project, the Western States Center and Latino Network.
 

CRIMINALES TODOS

A Community Art Exhibit
December 10th – 17th, 2010
Opening Reception: Dec 10th, 2010
Bohemia Gallery:
511 N. Tillamook, Portland, OR 97227
(N Tillamook & N Interstate)
Submission Deadline: Dec.1, 2010

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More events at pcasc.net/events-calendar


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An appeal from the Friendship Office of the Americas-

Accompany the people of Honduras 

Join our 9th Honduras Accompaniment Delegation Nov 27 – Dec 4, 2010

“The daily bloodshed of human beings is perpetrated by executioners without faces, without names, who operate with absolute impunity…” 6th Report on Human Rights, COFADEH

Dear Friends,

Your presence is urgently needed in Honduras.  Over a year after the coup in Honduras, heavy repression continues to destroy lives, families and trample human rights. Levels of impunity, militarization and para-militarization create what partners describe as a state of war against the people. 

This week, despite testimony and calls from Honduran human rights organizations, many of you, and 30 members of Congress to suspend U.S. police and military aid to Honduras — U.S. State Department officials traveled to Honduras, announcing plans to intensify the militarization of Honduras through the Merida Initiative.

Your presence is needed in Honduras to bear witness to the human rights crisis, the efforts of the non-violent resistance movement to transform their society and the deadly impact of U.S. policy.

In defiance of a ruthless campaign of state terror, the broad based, non-violent resistance movement continues to grow; sustaining pressure on a government considered to be illegitimate and charting a course towards a Constituent Assembly as a way to address profound structural inequalities and re-found the country.  Ten journalists have been killed this year for attempting to tell this story.

As the United States intensifies its military machinery in Honduras, help us to intensify our solidarity with those whose lives and bodies bear the brunt of “golpes,” political persecution, militarization and maintain the dream of a society transformed.

Please join our Honduras Human Rights Accompaniment Delegation, Nov. 27– Dec. 4, 2010 – –help us to accompany and to tell this story.  For more information and an application, please contact Jenny Atlee, jennya@friendshipamericas.org

 


NEWS AND ANALYSIS

I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice

Writer Arundhati Roy, who is in the thick of a sedition controversy over her speeches on Kashmir, issued this statement from Srinagar:
Read more: I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice: Arundhati Roy – The Times of India

Coming Out Illegal

Two Worlds Collide at Cancun Climate Talks 

Victory in Panama!  After weeks in the streets, the "chorizo law" has been defeated. A new agreement takes the most dangerous issues off the table. 

Panama: Government Withdraws Anti-Labor Law

After 90 days of negotiations with unions and other social organizations, on Oct. 10 the government of rightwing Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli approved an agreement to rescind a controversial law and replace it with a package of six separate laws. The original Law 30—which was passed in June and quickly became known as the “sausage law” because so many different measures were stuffed into it—ignited strikes and protests by unions and environmental groups that resulted in at least two deaths in July and forced the Martinelli government to negotiate [see Update #1044].

According to Genaro López, a leader of the large, militant Only Union of Construction and Similar Workers (SUNTRACS), the agreement eliminates the main features of Law 30 that the social movements opposed. López said the agreement removes Article 28, which allowed police agents to avoid prison when they committed criminal acts in the exercise of their functions, and restores a requirement for environmental impact studies for development projects, along with dues checkoffs for unions and a ban on hiring replacement workers in the case of a strike. The government still needed to send the new package of laws to the National Assembly for approval. (EFE 10/10/10 via Terra.com (Spain); Prensa Latina 10/10/10)

 
 
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