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Stop Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia

Come to West Virginia - or support from wherever you are.

Mountain Mobilization | July 25th - August 1st

More info or Register: http://rampscampaign.org/mountain-mobilization/

So many years of hard fought struggle have taken us here: the people and organizers in West VA, with your support, have a doable plan to stop MTR for good. Starting with the Mountain Mobilization July 25th - August 1st and building to an all out mobilization next Spring, you can be part of making history - stop strip mining in West VA once and for all.

Philippine Chief Justice Corona urged to resign

 TWO days after a "court holiday" was declared in support of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, Bantay Gloria Network (BGN) responded with a "national day of action" to press for the removal of Corona from his post.

Dubbed the "people's holiday from injustice and impunity," around 3,000 anti-corruption advocates trooped to the high tribunal to "reclaim" the Supreme Court from the hands of a "midnight chief justice."

You Can’t be You at Nephew’s in San Marcos

By Mariano A. Conti and Stephen Gross on behalf of San Marcos Texas Progressive Political Action

https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Marcos-Texas-Progressive-Political-Action/285890681444043?sk=wall

Anti-SB9 Rally in Austin Texas Hosted by R.I.T.A (Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytn_u4wHP0Y

Video Production by Jeff Zavala.
A ZGraphix/Austin Indymedia production.
 http://zgraphix.org

Click here for more coverage and photos and videos.

Georgia Bible Belt artists critique class disparity: FREE MONEY

Team of middle Georgia artists invite public to agree to terms of contract, hand out enhanced dollar bills for redistribution of wealth. Ploutos: Chronicles of the Superrich--After agreeing to terms of a contract, participants are given cash to begin an international movement. billfisher.dreamhost.com/ploutos.html

Rally to Save Texas Schools 3/12/11

 

Well over 11,000 parents, teachers, educators and community leaders from over 300 independent school districts converged at the state capital in Austin on Saturday, March 12.

“Today, Texans have come together in great numbers and have sent a very strong, clear message to our elected officials that we must do better by the children of our state by funding education to the maximum extent possible,” says Allen Weeks of Save Texas Schools, the grassroots coalition organizing the rally, and director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth.

“And it’s not over with this rally. We’re going to continue our fight to keep Texas smart.”

After a drum line led blocks of rally-goers on a march starting from Waterloo Park to the Capital grounds, a fantastic line-up of speakers and performers made heartfelt pleas for education.

“We live in the 21st century. We have a global economy,” said Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, in his podium address. “Here in Texas I wonder how long the fortune 500 companies will stick around if we can’t produce the students who can compete,”

Superintendent John-Kuhn of Perrin-Whitt, CISD, rollicked the crowds with his impassioned speech, saying: “Public school teachers, you are the saviors of this society. You are the first responders standing in this rubble while they sit in their offices and scribble judgmentally on their clipboards. You are heroes and what you do isn’t worth $27 billion; it is priceless.”

In a unified voice, rally participants urged legislators to take three critical steps to help close state budget gaps that are threatening education:

Use the $9.3 billion Texas “Rainy Day” Fund to help rescue schools from the current crisis. Sign the paperwork for $830 million in federal aid for teachers. Fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and our growing student population.

After the rally, Save Texas Schools offered a training to those who plan to continue to work for public education across the state. Topics covered included how to keep the grassroots effort growing, how the legislative process works, and how education is funded in Texas.

To learn more please visit: http://savetxschools.org

Photography by Rene Renteria http://renerenteria.com

Filmed, Edited & Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.
A ZGraphix production.
http://zgraphix.org
http://austin.indymedia.org

 

March to Save Texas Schools

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_RRmnCffvw

 

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

Live video coverage from people in Madison, WI statehouse

 

Live video coverage from people in Madison, WI statehouse

This--- is fucking awesome.
This video amazing. Madison, Wisconsin- small victories tonite. Republicans defect in statehouse. People are holding out to stay overnight without the grace of Scott Walker. Cops promise to not take people out of statehouse.
 
 

Protest music on the rise in the U.S.

French Students Mobilize: "Sarkozy, You're Screwed, The Youth Are In the Streets!"

 From our correspondent in Paris -- http://www.internationalist.org/

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