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Women in Black Standing for Peace in Austin

 

Women in Black was inspired by earlier movements of women who demonstrated on the streets, making a public space for women to be heard - particularly Black Sash, in South Africa, and the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, seeking the "disappeared" in the political repression in Argentina. But WIB also shares a genealogy with groups of women explicitly refusing violence, militarism and war, such as the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom formed in 1918, and the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in the UK and related groups around the world opposing the deployment of US missiles in the eighties.

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. 

350 International Get To Work Day

a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both 'work' and 'party'. In Auckland, New Zealand, they' had a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they put up solar panels on the President's office. In Kampala, Uganda, they planted thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they installed solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.

VIDEO > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ZwfP5y21E

download > http://blip.tv/file/get/FluxRostrum-350InternationalGetToWorkDayAustinTX916.mp4

In Austin Greenpeace wrangled petition signature collectors to pressure the government to stop building more fossil fuel infrastructure.

http://www.350.org/en/invitation

Dignity Not Detention National Day of Action in Austin

 

Human rights groups around the country participated in a National Day of Action yesterday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration Customs and Enforcement's (ICE) 2009 detention reform announcement. Activists called for an end to the human rights abuses in detention centers, the restoration of due process in the enforcement of immigration laws, and the implementation of cost saving alternatives.

LOCAL GROUP HIGHLIGHT: Ecology Action: Recycling, Education, and Cooperation

Ecology Action: Recycling, Education, and Cooperation

by Brent Perdue and scott crow

Ecology Action is a recycling center.  It's not so much what we do, but how we do it.  We believe we are creating cultures, models, stories of a better future.

The Shortwave Report 10/08/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

 

            The latest Shortwave Report (October 8) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International,
 Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- 
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spoke at several events in Europe, stressing the need to work together on the global economic recovery- he also opposed pressure to reevaluate the Chinese currency. Two reports from the new round of UN climate talks in North China, the final meeting before the summary meeting in Cancun.

      From NETHERLANDS- 

Squatting, which is living in empty housing, has been banned in the Netherlands. Hungary declared a state of emergency following the deadly release of toxic sludge. The EU is paying Libya to reduce illegal immigration to Europe. There were large protests against the destruction of a railway station in Stuttgart. France warned its citizens against travel to the UK because of possible terror attacks.

    From GERMANY- 
The German government is playing down warnings of a terrorist threat issued by the US and Britain. The Russian parliament passed an initial bill banning advertisements for faith healers.
   From CUBA- 
A US drone attack killed 8 German citizens in Pakistan, the 26th drone attack in 37 days. The UN has cautioned that one and a half million people are still displaced by flooding in Pakistan. Following the murder of 3 Pakistan troops by a US helicopter, many NATO supply tankers have been burned and roads to Afghanistan blocked. There are reports that the Afghan government is secretly talking with Taliban leaders about ending the fighting, and is closing down the operation of private security firms in the country. After last weeks failed coup, Ecuador remains in a state of emergency.

    From RUSSIA- 
The West Bank has seen the start up of 350 new Jewish buildings in the past 10 days. Russia and Algeria have signed many new agreements including military and gas exploration. The Taliban in Afghanistan have denied stories of secret negotiations with the government. A commentary on the start of the tenth year of US occupation in Afghanistan.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_10_08_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)
link for smaller file and streaming- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 
--"
Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

"

 

-- Edward R Murrow

 

Aviva Chomsky on Immigration Myths - Last Sunday Special Event at 5604 Manor

Aviva Chomsky is a history professor and coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts. Her 2007 book “They Take Our Jobs!” And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration provides a careful analysis of the overheated rhetoric around immigration policy in the United States, debunking the 21 biggest myths and stereotypes in today’s debate. [video link to talk she gave in Austin below]

WikiLeaks, Backlash, and the Future of Open-Source Journalism

WikiLeaks' recent posting of more than 90,000 documents detailing the war in Afghanistan was perhaps the most important such disclosure since the Pentagon Papers. The Afghan War Logs, combined with leaked footage of U.S. personnel killing civilians and reporters in Iraq, has made WikiLeaks an important source for unfiltered information on the U.S.'s ongoing wars. Backlash to the leaks has been swift, with top administration officials implying that WikiLeaks founders have "blood on their hands." [video of Austin Indymedia event below]

US Policy in Iraq: A Human Catastrophe, talk by Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi was born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father. She lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006.

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

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