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Thu Mar 24 2016In Memory of Louis LaFortune, Compassionate Peace Activist
Louis LaFortune passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 13 at his family home in Live Oak. Media reports indicate he died in his home after suffering heart trouble. His family states that he passed quickly without pain or discomfort. Louis’s untimely passing, at the young age of 64, was a sad shock for his family and wide circle of friends.
Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Indybay Journalist Faces Prosecution for Documenting UCSC Highway Blockade
Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Santa Cruz District Attorney Attempting to Criminalize and Chill First Amendment Activity
On March 3, six UCSC students blocked California Highway 1 using lockboxes and garbage cans filled with concrete. Independent journalist Alex Darocy, long-time Indybay contributor and editorial collective member, shot several photographs of the student demonstrators from his car as he passed the blockade, and for that he is currently being prosecuted, facing the possibility of jail time. A Motion to Dismiss, which argued that the prosecution is attempting to criminalize and chill conduct that is protected under the First Amendment, was heard on November 13. Judge Paul Burdick denied the motion and set a trial date for February 22, 2016.
Tue Aug 4 2015Idaho AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional
A U.S. District Court has struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law as an unconstitutional attempt by the agriculture industry to silence journalists, animal advocates, and whistleblowers who expose cruel farming practices. The ruling — the first of its kind — spells trouble for the agriculture industry’s attempts in other states to outlaw photography and video recordings of animal welfare, workers’ rights, and environmental violations. The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, with support from a wide-range of organizations.
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)AK Press, 1984 Printing, and Friends Need Help Now to Recover from Fire
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)Fire Ravages Long-Time Anarchist and Artist Warehouses on 23rd and 24th Streets in Oakland
Before dawn on March 21, a fire erupted in a warehouse on 24th Street in Oakland. Two resident artists died. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining warehouse on 23rd Street commonly known as the AK Press warehouse. On the AK side, three residential units sustained severe damage, at least one being totally destroyed, with a beloved cat succumbing to the smoke and heat. Other units have borne varying degrees of damage. Businesses on the first floor are struggling with major water damage. Even worse, with both warehouses now red-tagged by the city, residents and businesses are not allowed inside either building, leaving dozens homeless. A new relief fund has been created that will be evenly split three ways between AK Press, 1984 Printing, and affected neighbors.
Sat Mar 7 2015 (Updated 03/08/15)Station 40 Residents and Supporters Vow to Fight Eviction
Sat Mar 7 2015 (Updated 03/08/15)Station 40 Collective Faces Eviction as Mission Gentrification & Displacement Continues
hanna quevedo writes: We received eviction papers from our landlords, Ahuva, Emanuel, and Barak Jolish. Their legal documents aim to displace us from our affordable, eleven-year-old home, Station 40. It is no coincidence that Station 40 is being evicted on the same intersection as the proposed development by Maximus Real Estate Partners of a 350-unit luxury apartment building in what is a predominantly working-class neighborhood.
Mon Dec 29 2014Solidarity Action At Spanish Consulate
On December, 15, Spain passed the "ley de mordaza", a gag law that makes it a crime to insult a cop, film a cop, or assemble in large groups. On December 16, seven anarchists were arrested on charges relating to terrorism. On December 22, a group of anarchists stormed the Spanish consulate in San Francisco. After throwing leaflets into the consulate, tipping over the Spanish flag, and yelling curses, the group left without incident.
Sun Nov 30 2014 (Updated 12/01/14)Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble
Sun Nov 30 2014 (Updated 12/01/14)First Independent Media Center Kicked Off on N30 at Seattle WTO Protests in 1999
The Indymedia (Independent Media Center) project started in late November of 1999, to allow participants in the anti-globalization movement to report on the protests against the WTO meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington, and to act as an alternative media source. The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, commonly known as Indybay, started in 2000. By 2002, there were 89 local IMCs around the world spread between 31 countries (plus the West Bank) and 6 continents. By January 2006, the Indymedia network had grown to over 150 Indymedia outlets around the world.
Tue Nov 18 2014 (Updated 11/19/14)Peace Activists 'Banned for Life' from Bookshop Santa Cruz for Protesting Leon Panetta
Tue Nov 18 2014 (Updated 11/19/14)Indybay Journalist Assaulted by Leon Panetta's Security; Protesters Banned from Bookstore
On November 10, peace activists in Santa Cruz protested a book signing appearance by Leon Panetta, the one-time Secretary of Defense and CIA Director. Bookshop Santa Cruz hosted the event with a crowd of hundreds in attendance. By the end of the evening, five individuals were "banned for life" from Bookshop Santa Cruz, in retaliation for activities related to the evening's peaceful protest. Additionally, Panetta's security assaulted an Indybay journalist who was documenting the event.
Fri Nov 7 2014 (Updated 11/12/14)Indybay and Layer42 Win $87,000 From Attorney Dionne Choyce
Fri Nov 7 2014 (Updated 11/12/14)US District Judge Rules Choyce Copyright Claim Against Indybay Was "Objectively Baseless"
On November 3, United States District Judge Jon S. Tigar awarded legal fees of over $87,000 to the open-publishing news website Indybay and internet service provider Layer42 after dismissing an "objectively baseless" lawsuit filed by Bay Area attorney Dionne Choyce. Indybay is represented pro bono by Roger R. Myers, Leila C. Knox and Jessica Mar of Bryan Cave LLP, who will be redistributing any and all fee payment made by Dionne Choyce to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Fri Sep 19 2014 (Updated 10/02/14)BART Police Deputy Chief Faces Trial for Retaliation Against Indybay Reporter
Fri Sep 19 2014 (Updated 10/02/14)“Be on the Look Out” Flyer Depicting Dave Id was Distributed to BART Police Officers
On September 22, former BART Police Deputy Chief Dan Hartwig will be called to account in federal court for his role in targeting and arresting independent journalist David Morse during a “No Justice No BART” protest at the Powell Street BART station three years ago. Morse was the only credentialed journalist who was handcuffed, arrested, and held in police custody for several hours, while other reporters with and without credentials were all released without citation from a police encirclement.
UPDATE: Verdict in BART PD Trial, September 29: The jury in US District Court found that — despite BART Deputy Chief Fairow ordering a flier be created identifying Dave Id as a subject for police focus during the 9/8/11 Powell Street station protest, despite BART police discussing arresting Dave Id at a planning meeting prior to the protest (even though all officers who testified said Dave Id had never committed a crime at a previous protest), and despite Deputy Chief Hartwig choosing Dave Id to be very first person arrested when all other journalists were released from a police kettle — Deputy Chief Hartwig did not retaliate against Dave Id for his hundreds of critical reports on BART police. Dave Id and Indybay strongly disagree.
5PM Monday May 9 Documentary Photography on a Smartphone
7:30PM Monday May 9 Jeremy Scahill: "The Assassination Complex"
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1PM Sunday May 22 Old School & New School City Lights Poets reading at...
8PM Thursday Jun 9 Movie Night: Where to Invade Next
7:30PM Wednesday Jun 15 Rebecca Gordon presents "American Nuremberg: The...
7:30PM Thursday Jun 23 An Evening with TERRY McMILLAN
21st Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair (1 comment) Friday Mar 18th 6:10 PM
In Memory of Louis LaFortune, Compassionate Peace Activist (2 comments) Thursday Mar 17th 1:11 PM
Micah Posner: my backyard bedroom (19 comments) Tuesday Feb 23rd 9:04 PM
Santa Cruz ACLU Issues Letter in Support of Indybay's Alex Darocy (1 comment) Wednesday Jan 13th 6:45 PM
Holiday Gift for Free Radio Santa Cruz Friday Dec 18th 1:16 PM
KPFA-Pacifica Union History and Politics Sunday Dec 13th 4:48 PM
East Bay Anarchist Conversations & Bookfair (1 comment) Thursday Dec 3rd 10:56 AMMore Local News...
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Congress Releases Draft Puerto Rico Bill to Address Financial Crisis Wednesday Mar 30th 12:44 PM
Russia: Brazen assault on journalists and human rights defenders in North Caucasus Friday Mar 11th 7:57 PM
Call for Action Save Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Al Qeeq & IFJ Support For Al Queeg Friday Feb 26th 5:49 PM
Presenting we.riseup.net (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 17th 3:25 PM
Free Unlimited Internet From Public P2p Mesh Networks Is Here, Now! (1 comment) Friday Jan 29th 6:22 PM
Warning from the Birding Community to the Terrorists in Oregon: We're Watching You Wednesday Jan 6th 4:33 PM
Judge Signals Wyoming’s Data Trespass Laws Likely Unconstitutional Thursday Dec 31st 2:48 PMMore Global News...
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Workers “never” have a right to witness mediation, California says Thursday Apr 21st 11:30 PM
One human being is equal to a hundred animals? Monday Apr 18th 2:42 AM
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Thursday Apr 14th 12:17 PM
The Internationalist No. 42 is out! Saturday Jan 16th 9:21 AM
Those who get broadband end up voting for Democrats. The war on the web. (1 comment) Friday Jan 8th 4:46 PM
EVERY State and Federal Server Has Been Broken Into! Monday Dec 21st 3:15 PM
Gene-Altered Salmon; The FDA is not credible Tuesday Dec 15th 9:43 PMOpen Newswire...
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