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Woman’s March on Austin Highlights

More than 50,000 people showed up to speak out for woman's rights in Austin! Video by Jeff Zavala, ZGraphix Productions & Austin Indymedia

10 Years of War in Iraq: Right To Heal Initiative/Action in Austin, TX

 

The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans
who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury.

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq,
Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the
U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects
of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal.

Right To Heal Initiative
Iraq Veterans Against the War
(www.ivaw.org)

The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq
(www.equalityiniraq.com)

Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq
(www.wcui.org)

Source of birth defect image:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/2013315171951838638.html

A ZGraphix/Austin Indymedia Production.
Produced/Edited by Jeff Zavala.
Filmed by Grace Alfar & Nathan Blond.

Two Arrested at 2nd Annual Chalk the Police National Day of Action in Austin

Austin, TX 10/1/12 Two arrests follow a productive day of expressing dissent against many issues including homelessness, disparity of wealth, police brutality and corruption to name a few. Austin occupiers and chalkupiers, gathered to exercise their 1st amendment rights but were met by APD officers who believed it was their right to squelch dissent. It has been determined by several federal courts that chalk is a legitimate way to express grievances to the government and is protected free speech.

We must not remain silent! We have the right to chalk and the right to hold our local police accountable for their actions.

Filmed on the Canon XF 100 using the Merlin 2 Steadicam Stabilizer. Video produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org

Feminist Flash Mob Protesting Larry Flynt & Sexual Exploitation Industry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3k5PAj8_mY

Larry Flynt was in Austin, TX on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 speaking at Book People as part of his tour to promote his newest publication, One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History.

Sexual Violence Free Austin joined allies and advocates who stand in opposition to rape culture and the commoditization of women's bodies, the sexualization of young girls. R.A.G.E. - Radical Action for Gender Equality was also an organizer for peacefully protesting this event.

Larry Flynt has made a 400-million-dollar fortune from his pornographic empire, including cartoons such as "Chester the Molester", which follows the life of a pedophile, and his infamous publication, Barely Legal, that features very young women portraying even younger girls in a pornographic manner. Want to learn more about his most famous magazine, Hustler?

Sponsored by Sexual Violence-Free Austin and Radical Action for Gender Equality

Check out this:
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
http://www.hustlingtheleft.com/

http://www.hustlingtheleft.com/CRAPP_E_LIB/russell.html

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=2678

Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala
A ZGraphix video production.
http://zgraphix.org

Day of the Fallen - Austin, Texas 3/2/11

 

 
Cardboard coffins lined Congress Avenue until all 138 of them filled the front lawn of the Texas Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

The coffins were painted black and represented the 138 Texas construction workers and laborers who lost their lives on the job in 2009. Their memories served as the rallying cry for the roughly 600 people who gathered at the Capitol in support of new legislation on workers’ rights and safety. The Workers Defense Project organized the rally and gathered lawmakers, clergy members and activists with the families of those who had died.

“The cause we’re here for today is not just a good one, but a sacred one,” one member of the church said at the beginning of the rally.
Political commentator Jim Hightower spoke at the rally to state the activists’ demands.

“We’re not just here to honor the memory of the workers,” Hightower said. “We’re here for just a little bit of justice. We’re not asking for the whole thing. If we were, we’d be asking for Wall Street salaries and benefits — now that would be justice.”

This justice comes primarily in the form of mandatory workers’ compensation, which would require every employer to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to any employee injured while on the job, said Billy Yates, an intern at the Workers Defense Project. As it stands, Texas is the only state that does not require such compensation, he said. He also cites simple things, such as required breaks, as important preventive measures.

“A construction worker dies every two-and-a-half days in Texas,” he said. “If Texas is 112 degrees during the summertime and workers don’t get a single break, you can’t really wonder why there are so many deaths in the construction industry.”

This lack of mandatory workers’ compensation, rest breaks in the work day and proper safety education all contribute to Texas’ reputation as “the most dangerous state in the union for construction workers,” a phrase that was repeated throughout the rally, Yates said.

Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, and Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, hope to change this. They are currently putting forth bills that would make workers’ compensation required for not only those injured on the job, but for the families who lost relatives in work-related incidents.

“It’s a simple bill in that it mandates that all businesses provide what every other business in every other state already provides, and that is compensation for workers,” Lucio said. “It is what’s just and it is what’s right.”

The event also included live music, prayers and stories of the hardships incurred by those injured on the job.

“When we are helping to build this state, we are wanted,” said one man, who is now confined to a wheelchair after falling 30 feet while working at a construction site. “But when we are injured, we are tossed aside.”

We have two new bills that have recently been filed and need the support of your local legislator. Please, use this link to find your state senator and representative: (http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us ) and ask your legislators to support...

HB 2196 / SB 1024 to prevent wage theft
Authors: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez & Sen. Jose Rodriguez
This bill will clarify the language in Texas Penal Code 31.04 (Theft of Service) which will enable local law enforcement to enforce the law against employers ; who do not pay their workers.

HB 1739 / SB 938 to provide workers compensation for all construction employees
Authors: Rep. Armando Walle & Sen. Eddie Lucio
This bill will require that workers compensation be provided for any and all construction employees in Texas; thus, reducing Texas' uncompensated care costs in hospitals, lowering property taxes, and lifting the burden off of taxpayers.

This is an Austin Indymedia & ZGraphix production.
Produced by Jeff Zavala.
Edited by Jeff Zavala & Matt Gossage.
http://austin.indymedia.org
http://zgraphix.org

The Largest Food Not Bombs ever! Discussion & Thoughts.

The 2010 Hempstead Food Share Bonanza was the largest Food Not Bombs ever and the largest vegan Thanksgiving ever!

On that day over 30,000 pounds of food was shared with thousands of people, and Long Island Food Not Bombs followed this with nearly a dozen consecutive Thanksgiving events throughout the rest of the week, sharing a total of nearly 55,000 pounds of groceries in 5 days!

Protest for a Death Penalty Free Austin with ProfessorD.US

 

A group of protesters including ProfessorD.us from The Dope Poet Society gathered at the steps of the Travis County Courtroom to speak out against the death penalty. 

Direct Action at Fort Hood & Resistance Against Deployment of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to Iraq

Charging The Cavalry: An Unarmed Ambush

This piece appeared in the October 2010 issue of Z Magazine. Austin Indymedia wished to highlight this event by re-posting it here. - Austin IMC eds.  A link to video of the action can be viewed at the bottom of this article.

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