Updates on Resistance to the Freeway

Originally posted on NO SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY:

A lot has happened since we last posted to our blog. On September 26, 2014, the Final Environmental Impact Statement was released by the Arizona Department of Transportation. We are currently within the 60-day review period which ends November 25, 2014. The Final Environmental Impact Statement can be downloaded by chapter at ADOT’s FEIS page here.

According to ADOT’s Loop 202 Fact Sheet  ADOT has stated that they plan to have a final “Record of Decision” ready by 2015.

Comments received during the 60-day Final EIS review period will be considered in the “Record of Decision,” the final decision-making document prepared by the FHWA. The Record of Decision is expected to be available for public review in early 2015.”

So where do we go from here? First, it is important to mention some recent actions that have happened against ADOT’s proposed Loop 202 project.

-On August 27…

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Human Rights Monitor: Egypt Security Officer Attacks; Sexually Assaults a Female Student


Original Post:  http://humanrights-monitor.org/Posts/ViewLocale/3081#.VElQpPnF-zE

Human Rights Monitor lodged a complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression about a heinous crime, which is sexual harassment against a female student in Assiut University, during a security attack on several universities in Egypt.
In effect, security forces have attacked university campuses using firearms, bird shots and tear gas canisters, arrested students, violated their rights and bodies, and sexually harassed female students as a means of threatening and punishing them.
On Tuesday October 15th, 2014, two girls were subjected to sexual harassment inside the Assiut University campus by members of administrative security. We received a complaint from one of them – refusing to reveal her identity to the media – claiming that she was exposed to a sexual harassment incident by one of the administrative security members in Assiut University, who had severely beaten her and threatened her to repeat the act again, and the testimony goes as follows:
“After attacking a students’ protest and dispersing it, a member of the administrative security, next to the Faculty of Sciences’ cafeteria specifically, attacked a female student with a baton, and kept beating her until she fell on the floor, and when she stood up, he sexually assaulted her by grabbing and touching sensitive parts of her body. As she was trying to stop him he repeated it all over again, and beat her sensitive parts, so she called a man for help, but he simply refused her call and said that it was none of his business, so she asked the security member to stop but his answer was: “Are you going to shut up or shall I repeat that again?”. Her friends tried to calm her down and took her away from him, and he left as if nothing had happened.”
A testimony by the assaulted girl was also documented through a video showing the incident, as the girl’s talk was brief and intermittent because of her psychological state and her consistent crying. In addition to this, other eye witnesses’ statements which were documented matched her testimony. It is noteworthy that the girl has been suffering from a psychological and nervous shock ever since.
Furthermore,  another terrible sexual harassment incident had taken place against a female student, who refused to talk about it neither to media nor human rights organizations, because of her psychological state, whereas there were news about a similar incident in Alexandria University, which means that it has become a normal and systematized act for the security forces to terrorize students and prevent them from expressing their opinions, and from participating in any student or political activities.
Rape or sexual harassment has become a phenomenon in the Egyptian society. It happens during protests, demonstrations or festivities, as a result to the absence of punishment, which in fact contradicts the international conventions on women’s rights, and particularly that on the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  
It should be noted that there are other instances which were documented by other organizations, including 5 five cases of rape submitted to the UN by Human Rights Monitor. In all those cases offenders were security members, and all took place during the period of detention of those girls.
Human Rights Monitor urges the Egyptian authorities to take serious actions towards ending crimes of sexual harassment and rape inside prisons, detention centers and public places. The government must open serious investigations immediately into these crimes in order to bring those accountable to justice, and to impose severe punishments for these serious crimes, in order to put an end to the phenomenon of impunity, since it causes more sexual violations against women to spread and increase.

Hannibal Shakur Of The Trayvon Two On Charges Getting Dropped


Reblogged from:  http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/10/20/hannibal-shakur-trayvon-two-activist-tells-ww-charges-dropped

Hannibal Abdul Shakur and Tanzeen Doha were arrested during protests during the summer of 2013 in downtown Oakland, Calif., after the notorious George Zimmerman verdict was announced, where he was acquitted for the Feb. 26, 2012, murder of Trayvon Martin. At an Oct. 10 pre-trial readiness conference, the Oakland prosecutor finally admitted that they had “insufficient evidence” to go to trial, putting forth a motion to drop the remaining charges. Workers World interviewed Hannibal Shakur about their legal and political victory.

WW: How were you originally arrested?

HS: When Zimmerman was acquitted there were a series of protests and rallies I was attending in Oakland. At one of those marches I was snatched by the Oakland Police Department. I was taken to the police station, then to the hospital, and from the hospital I was taken to the County Jail at Santa Rita. I found out at the hospital that they were charging me with vandalism and claiming I had broken a window.

WW: How did this become a felony charge?

HS: It’s my understanding that the felony was determined by the DA based on the value of the window, exceeding $4,000. Tanzeen was arrested separately. One police officer went after him and claimed that he had broken a window, and a different one went after me. There were four or five others arrested for vandalism, with one charged with assault on a cop.

We were arraigned separately at first. The DA combined Tanzeen and I as co-defendants. Even though we were at the same march, for us two to be made co-defendants, excluding everyone else who had been arrested, was something we found suspicious. Tanzeen had already been released on bail, but when they combined our cases, they bumped Tanzeen’s charge to a felony, raised his bail and issued an arbitrary warrant.

WW: I witnessed the pre-trial hearing last spring for you and Tanzeen, when they were still pressing the felony charges, and from the witnesses your lawyer, Walter Riley, presented, it was obvious that the DA had no case then. The charges were dropped from felonies to misdemeanors by the judge over the prosecutor’s objection, but he insisted on pursuing the charges at that time. Why do you believe he did, despite the clear lack of evidence?

HS: There’s been a lot of pressure on the DA to clamp down on protesters. They’re looking for a scapegoat to make them think organizing marches isn’t worth it. One of the discouragements for corporations to invest in developing these areas is there’s such a history of protests here. It represents an uncertain financial future for corporations who want to come in and advance capitalism.

We have such a mobilized community: students, workers, even different churches and mosques. The movement keeps the rapid development at bay, because there are community ties holding things together. They want certain individuals. Get those individuals who inspire people with a political analysis and offer a platform for people to unify.

We were an intersection of some different communities in the spaces we build in. We’ve been very outspoken about the fact that these are international issues; these are human rights issues; these are issues of class and issues of economic exploitation — the results of this global capitalist system that we’re dealing with.

We’re both Muslims. We believe there’s something we’re accountable to that’s bigger than the world that we’re living in. We’re not afraid of the unjust system. It’s powerful and massive, but still we find ways to resist and triumph, despite the position the system has placed us in in this society.

The thing that’s special about us is we’re people who believe in working together, sacrifice and commitment for a better world for all of us. In the case of Trayvon Martin, this is a young man who could have gone on to do anything. We know he had a high GPA, and with a young person there’s no way to predict what they’re going to manifest. He could have developed a car that didn’t need fuel or some new treatment for heroin addictions. I like to imagine that he would have done something great, because it was possible. The only thing that stopped him is this man who took it upon himself to decide whose life has value and decided to end his life.

WW: Despite the victory, the original arrests and the long period of these charges being held against you, they were at some significant costs to the two of you, weren’t they?

HS: The $7,000 to $8,000 paid to the bail bondsmen is lost. I’ve been fighting cancer since 2011. One of the most critical factors in wellness, in general, and fighting a disease like cancer is to reduce stress. This has been like a noose around my neck for a year plus. It was creating all kinds of anxiety, hard for me to think straight and function. When they arrested me, they slammed me on the ground. I was in a holding tank (at Santa Rita), laying on a concrete slab for three days. In jail they don’t observe religious practices — this was during Ramadan (fasting during the day). They only served food during the day. If someone tried to save something for me, it often had pork in it. By the time I got out, my condition was really intense. I had head and knee injuries, could barely walk, my neck had swollen. It took about a week for me to recuperate.

WW: What plans do you have, now that the case is over?

HS: Put back those pieces of our lives; those things that have been disrupted. There’s something we’re not satisfied with. We were protesting a miscarriage of justice. We adamantly believe that Zimmerman needs to be held accountable. There’s a larger human rights issue, where if you’re a certain color in this society, then you can be murdered and it’s legal.

If someone stands up to say that your life has a value, then they’ll be punished. The government is encouraging fascism by punishing people for standing up. Looking at Ferguson, as another clear example where young people are being punished for saying that Mike Brown’s life has a value.

We have to make the bigger case in how this system is alienating us from life itself. That’s a human rights case. We’re dealing with an apartheid system, claiming to be a democracy. At the end of the day, they’re working for the corporations.

In the end, they had to dismiss the charges, because they were no longer able to continue to fight against us. We just have to persevere, keep looking for ways to bridge communities and struggles, let people know their lives are worth more than $7.50 an hour.

Ts’ka7 Warriors Burn Down Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek Mine Bridge

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

Fire handWarrior Publications received the following communique:
Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors deactivate Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.
International Statement, October 14, 2014

With much discussion with Elders Councils and around Sacred fires and ceremonies the Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors have acted out their collective responsibility and jurisdiction to and in the Ts’ka7 area by deactivating the Imperial Metals Ruddock Creek mine road.

Imperial Metals Corporation never asked for or received free, prior and informed consent to operate in Secwepemc Territory.  The Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine disaster, in the area known as Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe, the absolute destruction and devastation of our Territory has never been answered for.  No reparations have been made.    Instead Imperial Metals continues to force through another mine in our Territory while criminalizing the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation also exerting their jurisdictional and withholding consent from the same company.

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Sunday: Local 2 Global Decolonial Cypher(s)


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Egypt: 41 University Students Arrested


Translated from: http://yanair.net/archives/87803

October 11, 2014

“Freedom for Students” campaign announced that a new crackdown on students started today early in the morning as more than 40 students from 12 different universities have been arrested before hours of the new academic year began.

The campaign displayed a name list of the students arrested today on its page on FaceBook.

Cairo University:

Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Moneim Faculty of Law
Muhammad Lutfi – House Science Faculty
Ahmed Hussein – House Science Faculty
Ahmed Abdul Samad – House Science Faculty
Maaz Saber – Faculty of Commerce
Mehmed _tjarh Cairo
Osama Tariq _engh Cairo (mechanics)
Alaa Mohammed _engh Cairo (Tanih Etisalat)

Helwan University:

Yasser Ahmed – Faculty of Computing and Information
Ibrahim Jamal – Faculty of Engineering
Ibrahim Salah – Faculty of Engineering.
Mohammed Deabes – Faculty of Engineering.

University of Kafr El-Sheikh:

Abdulrahman al-Badri – Faculty of Commerce
Abdulrahman Shaban – Faculty of Medicine
Abdulaziz Aboukhcbh – Faculty of Engineering
Mohamed Radi – Faculty of Engineering
Ahmed Chebbi – Faculty of Agriculture
Nader Ibrahim – Faculty of Commerce

Suez Canal University:

Mahmoud HE – Faculty of Commerce

Fayoum University:

Mamedsbera – Faculty of Education
Ahmed Badr
Yusuf Mohamed
Mustafa Ibrahim college education

Mansoura University:

Mohamed Adel – Faculty of Engineering and Acting President of the Union.
Mustafa Tariq

Islam Mandarin
Hassan Zenati Abualnoarj

Zagazig University:

Mahmoud Jamal onions Faculty of Computing and Information

Sohag University:

Muhannad Kamal
Mr. Mohammed
Hamid Gamal Hamed – Faculty of Engineering

University of Beni Suef:

Ahmed Ragab
Minia University
Abdulrahman al-Husseini – Faculty of Engineering
Guest Abdulrahman Mohi – Faculty of Engineering
Mustafa Ahmed – Faculty of Engineering
Mohammed Abdul Baki – Faculty of Science
Musab al-Masri – Faculty of Science
Walid Taha – Faculty of Agriculture


Abdul Rahman Ramadan
Ramadan Abdel-Rahman
Mohamed Awad names – secondary
Azhar Fayoum (exited after hours)
Abdullah Alqadom – a third of Sheikh Secondary

Blockade could shut mine: Imperial Metals

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Tahtlan, members of Secwepemc delegation and comrades from Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp blockade Red Chris Mine site, Sept 29, 2014.

Imperial Metals is applying in court to have Mounties come and remove First Nations blockaders who have closed off access roads to its Red Chris gold and copper project in northwest B.C.

In an Oct. 3 filing, Imperial subsidiary Red Chris Development Company Ltd. said the blockaders — from the Klabona Keepers and the Secwepemc — “will not allow anyone or any supplies through” to reach the project site.

“An enforcement order is required as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have taken the position that they will not enforce a court order for an injunction without an enforcement order,” Imperial said.

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