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McDonald’s Campaign Escalates

By: 
Marc Rodrigues
Date Published: 
February 01, 2007

¡Ya cayó! ¡Ya cayó! ¡Ronaldo ya cayó!” So was the chant—adapted from the popular movements of Oaxaca—that closed out the 2006 Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) Encuentro in Immokalee, Florida in late September. The “Ronaldo” referred to is, of course, the all-too-ubiquitous symbol of fast-food giant McDonald’s—the main target in an escalating campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based, migrant worker-led organization fighting to secure better wages and working conditions for farmworkers in the McDonald’s tomato supply chain.

Objection to Invasion of Kaianereh'ko:wa Territory

By: 
The Women Title Holders of the Rotinoshon'non:we
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

July 11,2006

RE: Henco Industries is building a subdivision on the unsurrendered "Haldimand Tract" for sale to non-Indigenous people who may be unaware that this is illegal.

WHEREAS the Women are the "Title Holders" of the land of Rotinoshon'non:we as recalled by Wampum 44 of the Kaianereh'ko:wa.

WHEREAS the "Title" held by the Women represents a trust obligation to maintain the land for the future generations of our Nations as recalled by Wampum 44.

WHEREAS the Canadian Government knows this land is subject to litigation resulting from fraudulent and dubious practices. Canada has allowed permits to be given out to Indian land it does not have title to. Gen.

Words and Acts

By: 
Guillermo Almeyra
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from Memoria

July 13, 2006

The events in San Salvador Atenco compel us to address the issues of what phase the country is in and what the left can and should do in order to be able, first, to defend the margins for democracy and, simultaneously, to prepare an anti-capitalist solution to the crisis which is assailing us. Inflammatory rhetoric is of no use for guidance or for changing anything, since insults and threats do not kill anyone.

Where are we, then? The social movements – which are few in number – are all defensive: like the miners, La Parota, the very combative indigenous campesinos of the Isthmus and the union front which is defending its autonomy.

Good Morning Beirut

By: 
Bilal El-Amine
Date Published: 
,

Hi everyone. First of all, I am fine as are family and friends. We're scattered in different places, some still in the south, some in Tyre, the rest in Beirut and its surroundings. Those who live in the southern suburbs where Hizbullah is based managed to leave before the latest strikes and are safe with relatives.

Final Battles?: Interview with Saseen Kawzally

By: 
Jerome Klassen
Date Published: 
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    In this interview from Beirut, Saseen Kawzally describes the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, the background to the crisis, and its possible trajectories. Saseen Kawzally is active in left activism in Lebanon and has worked with Beirut Indymedia in the past. Jerome Klassen visited Lebanon in 2004 and is currently a student in Toronto. This interview occurred by phone over the past few days.

JK: Israel has imposed a siege on Lebanon and is bombing the country from the air and the sea. Can you describe the situation?

Six Nations Does Not Stand Alone

By: 
Justin Podur
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from ZNet

On Thursday April 20, Hazel Hill, one of the Six Nations Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) leaders on the blockade at the Douglas Creek Estates near Caledonia, told me about her beating at the hands of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hours before. Early that morning, at 5am, the blockade – not a protest, as Hill emphasized, but a reclamation - of about 100 people from the Six Nations Reserve had been assaulted by heavily armed police. The police came out in force. Exact numbers are unknown, but eyewitnesses said there were over 100 police knocking people down and clearing them out, guns drawn. They arrested 15, including a 14-year old child.

A War of Terror

Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

The Struggle for New Orleans’ School System

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
April 01, 2006

Post-Katrina New Orleans has become a battleground in the national fight over competing visions for the future of urban education. Last September, with the city evacuated and all the schools closed, with no parents or students or teachers around, suddenly anything became possible. Instead of making gradual changes to an existing system, there was no system, and virtually no rules or limits on what could be changed. “The framework has been exploded since the storm,” confirms New Orleans-based education reform advocate Aesha Rasheed. “It’s almost a blank slate for whatever agenda people want to bring.”

Before the storm and displacement, New Orleans had 128 public schools, 4,000 teachers and 60,000 students. The system was widely regarded as in crisis.

Mexico Admits Zapatista Drug Report Untrue

By: 
Reuters
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

MEXICO CITY, June 23 (Reuters) - The Mexican government admitted on Thursday that a military report of marijuana plantations in Zapatista rebel territory that raised tensions in the state of Chiapas was not true.

A Defense Ministry report on Monday had said almost 200 soldiers destroyed 44 marijuana plantations in Chiapas in three drug raids on rebel soil last week.

But government spokesman Ruben Aguilar acknowledged the raids were not in areas controlled by the Zapatistas.

"The three municipalities where they found those 44 plantations are not in the Zapatistas' zone of influence but near them," he told journalists.

Intense Military Movement in Conflict Zone

By: 
Elio Henriquez
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from La Jornada

The withdrawal of four military camps of the Mexican Army in the municipalities of Chenalho', Bochil and Ixtapa, signifies "no modification of their military strategy" in the so called conflict zone of Chiapas, affirmed the Centre for Political Analysis and Social and Economic Investigation (CAPISE).

In a report titled "The Olive Green Occupation", the organisation relates that the federal Army holds at present 111 positions in the territory of Chiapas, most of them in the Highlands (los Altos), the Selva and the North of the state; as a consequence the indigenous peoples "suffer an alarming military occupation".