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60 Arrested As Airline Food Workers Protest At JFK

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 1,000 UNITE HERE members and supporters jammed a traffic island at John F. Kennedy International Airport Nov. 26, loudly chanting that American Airlines’ food contractors should give their workers a raise and decent health care. The protest was one of 16 at major national airports on behalf of 20,000 airline-catering workers, both those at subcontractors LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet and those directly employed by United Airlines.

Judge Approves Search Bellingham #NoDAPL Facebook Page

By Kie Relyea for the Bellingham Herald. Authorities investigating the February demonstration that blocked Interstate 5 and allegedly caused an injury crash can move forward with the search of the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition Facebook page. Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder on Wednesday denied a request to revoke the latest version of the search warrant, which the judge approved May 11. The American Civil Liberties Union successfully challenged the first warrant for being too broad and unconstitutional, while Facebook told investigators the second warrant was too specific for it to be able to filter for the requested information, according to court documents. The warrant orders Facebook to provide all stored content from the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition page from Feb. 5 to Feb. 15. That content includes photos or videos, event information, discussion posts, and all profile information including for administrators or moderators. Information that doesn’t pertain to the investigation into disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment will be returned to the court and sealed, according to the warrant.

Drone Protesters Arrested On Tuesday

By Toby Blomé for War Is A Crime - Anti-drone activists blocked traffic at the Main Gate into Beale AFB for over 30 minutes today during early morning commute hour. They stood across the gate entrance holding life-sized cardboard replicas of the 15 drone victims killed during a Sept. 27, 2016 U.S. drone strike in Eastern Afghanistan. As traffic backed up behind the blockade, activists read the name, age and occupation of each of the 15 Afghan Civilian men who were killed that night while sleeping in their beds in Achin district, Afghanistan. The men had been gathered to welcome a friend/relative returning from his hajj, or sacred pilgrimage to Mecca. 13 others were injured in the drone attack. The drone deaths included a 26 yr. old teacher, a 70 yr. old village elder, a 30 yr. old principal, and laborers and farmers of varying ages, as well as a 17 yr. old youth according to a human rights organization based in Afghanistan. Activists were trying to humanize the lives of the victims that are so often kept anonymous by the media. Many of the activists gave heartfelt personal statements to the base personnel that witnessed the action

Seven Activists Arrested On Kinder Morgan Barge

By Zig Zag for Warrior Publications - Police have arrested several activists that occupied a Kinder Morgan drilling barge near the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby Monday morning. According to anti-pipeline activist Adam Gold, two protesters boarded the barge Sunday and stayed overnight. More protesters arrived to join them and bring supplies Monday morning. That’s when police showed up and removed the group.

Suit Accuses City & LAPD Of Violating Protesters’ Rights

By Richard Winton for Los angeles Time - Individuals arrested in Los Angeles while protesting the killing of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the city and police of violating their constitutional rights. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that in November 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department surrounded several hundred protesters as they marched downtown and in the Westlake district. Police then arrested or detained and questioned dozens of individuals without lawful dispersal orders, the suit says.

Occupy Class Action Suit Against Zuccotti Eviction Can Move Forward

By Sheila Anne Feeney for AM New York - A class-action lawsuit alleging false arrest, malicious prosecution and free speech infringement for evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park almost four years ago can move forward, a judge has ruled. U.S. Southern District Court Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. ruled that the lawsuit -- which names the city, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and other police officers -- "adequately alleges the elements of a First Amendment retaliation claim." "On the facts currently alleged, the officers lacked probable cause to arrest for trespass, disorderly conduct, or obstruction of governmental administration," he wrote in his 30-page ruling on Tuesday night.

Denver Police Arrest Multiple Protesters

By Trevor Hughes for USA Today - DENVER - Denver Police arrest 10 Occupy protesters who refused to leave a community garden Saturday night. A spokesman for the Occupy Denver group who declined to give his name said the group wants to stop, at least temporarily, the destruction of the garden. The Denver Housing Authority plans to build on the site at 25th Street and Arapahoe Street, just east of LoDo. "We're sick of the gentrification," the Occupy spokesman said. The protesters are upset at what they see as a lack of commitment by the city to provide services and housing to the homeless.

1,500 Protest For Worker’s Rights In NC, 20 Arrested

In a fourth week of peaceful protest at the North Carolina General Assembly during this legislative session, more than 1,500 people from across the state gathered on Monday to challenge the state legislature's extreme agenda and the regressive policies passed last year that have hurt workers. Members of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, labor unions, the fast food workers' organization Raise Up, as well as teachers' and women's groups highlighted the many ways in which budget proposals from state lawmakers are devastating for the poor, working people and most vulnerable residents of the state. Yesterday, the Forward Together Movement introduced youth organizers who are kicking off Moral Freedom Summer - in which 50 trained organizers will be anchored in 50 communities across North Carolina to register and mobilize voters. "The main reason for the short session is to pass budgets, but the budgets that we've seen pass here violate the constitutional principle to govern for the good of the whole," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, during the rally on Halifax Mall.

Prosecution Of Protesters From Canadian Police Raid Of Anti-shale Camp

Day three of the trial of Germaine 'Junior' Breau and Aaron Francis continued today. The main matter before the court is whether Breau is guilty of five counts of pointing a firearm and whether Francis is guilty of four Molotov cocktail-related charges stemming from the RCMP raid of the anti-shale gas encampment along highway 134 that took place on October 17th. This morning, the Crown continued to call forward 'eye-witnesses' in an attempt to pinpoint a moment where they saw either Breau point a firearm or Francis throw a Molotov cocktail. The first witness to take the stand was Sergeant Marc Potvin, present during the pre-dawn raid. Potvin, in charge of the left flank of J division troops which were stationed along highway 134, saw “two people running into the woods” out of the “corner of [his] eye.”

Two Jailed In Illinois To Stop Logging, Strip Mine Expansion

Police arrested two activists at a blockade set up on Rocky Branch Road in Harrisburg, Illinois, early on March 28, 2014, to stop Peabody Energy from continuing logging operations as part of the company's strip mine expansion. Daniel Goering, 20, and Alice Fine, 19, laid down a tarp on the road to block the route to be used for logging that day. Along with other environmental activists and with the support of community residents directly impacted by Peabody's operations, the two tried to forestall and possibly prevent further strip mining and the proposed closure of Rocky Branch Road. Goering and Fine - a self-identifying "radical power couple" - are students at Oberlin College in Ohio who joined with other activists intent on stopping Peabody, the largest private-sector coal company in the world. It has been active in mining operations around Harrisburg since 1999.

Support For Transform Now Plowshares Resisters

Megan Rice has moved through Oklahoma City and is, according to the Bureau of Prisons, at Brooklyn, NY in a facility there. The web site for that facility says it is a temporary transit station, but Megan feels she may be there for some time. Information about mailing restrictions can be found at http://www.bop.gov/policy/progstat/5265_014.pdf. In general, all mail must include a full, handwritten return address. Avoid labels; no paperclips or staples. All mail is subject to inspection. Books (hard or soft cover) and magazines must be sent directly from a publisher or bookstore. Any other packages must be pre-approved by the prison or they will be returned.

Video: Protesting Illegal in Australia?

Sean Bedlam (interviewed here) is a comedian, artist and activist based in Melbourne. An active member of Occupy Melbourne and other social justice campaigns, Sean states “activists in Australia are reaching out to people all over the world, particularly in America, because Australia is a client state of the United States (while at the same time) we are reaching out to the Indigenous people of Australia, the first nations, and that has become a burning central issue. Now, the powers that be know that if we are making contact with the powers that be around the world and if we are making contact with indigenous Australians, you’ve got an incredibly powerful network, and they don’t want the network to form."
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