Viola Wilkins's blog
( Comment:"Drones" as well as over Pakistan & Venezuela - as CS mentions - are now also sited over the US-Mexico border - Sarah Connor)
Monday, April 19, 2010 "Real American Values and the Reality of Robotic Warfare" http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/2010/04/real-american-values-and-reality-of.html
Cindy Sheehan’s remarks to the “Challenging Robotic Warfare And Social Control”Conference in Hood River, Oregon
The first conference ever organized to challenge robotic warfare and robotic social control technologies will be held from Friday evening April 16th through Monday morning April 19th, near Boeing's rapidly expanding Insitu military drone production complex, which will be the location of a concluding nonviolent witness action on the morning of April 19th.
Western Australia: Fortescue Metals to avoid responsibility for wage-slaves deaths at mine ? see more at http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/fortescue-metals-contests-cyclone-deaths/
"LEST WE FORGET" Joan Martinez-Alier's 'The Environmentalism of the Poor' book (Cheltenham UK/ Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, 2002) mentions an 1888 strike by "syndicalist miners" in Rio Tinto in Andalusia, Spain, led by an anarchist Maximiliano Tornet, who also formed an alliance with 'Huelva Anti-Smoke League', which was an alliance of farmers in opposition to sulpher dioxide pollution from the copper mines, this pollution was also one of the greviances in the strike. On the 4th of February 1888 a protest of miners and farmers was gunned down by the military, with between one hundred and two hundred persons killed. T he company was the infamous Rio Tinto Zinc, actually their first mine.
BART Action Disrupts Trains with "No Justice, No Rush", San Francisco: A spirited demonstration was held in San Francisco BART stations to push for justice and accountability in the murder of Oscar Grant. The action was called to push for three demands: fire BART police officer Tony Pirone, charge Tony Pirone, and disband the entire BART police department. Over a hundred people showed up for the 3:30pm meet-up at Embarcadero station platform; around two hundred were present by the time the action itself was scheduled to begin at 4pm. photos at link http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/04/11/18644367.php
COMMENT; Good protest in San Francisco. The "transit cops' here in Melbourne regularly beat people up for the price of a ticket etc but so far have not murdered anybody...( yet !) but have come close by hospitalising some who dared run from these gangs of security thugs.
YOUR FEAR IS OUR PROFIT
GurgaonWorkersNews - Newsletter 24 (April 2010) (full version: www.gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com)
the rat-race will not stop; on the outskirts of Gurgaon, Asia's biggest Special Economic Zone is in the making. The following newsletter documents some of the developments in and around this miserable boom region. If you want to know more about working and struggling in Gurgaon, if you want more info about or even contribute to this project, please do so via: www.gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com
In the April 2010 issue you can find:
1) Proletarian Experiences - Daily life stories and reports from a workers' perspective
What Have the Unions Ever Done for Us ?
those of us who report and film movements for change also do our job better when we likewise teach, learn and prepare each other. It takes a well-trained authentic journalist to do justice to an effective movement and to report in ways that help, and not hinder, it. The School of Authentic Journalism had to be invented because no similar training program had existed for the media makers who walk alongside social movements. Now it does. And thanks to Jim, and the lessons he taught us from his unique experience as a strategist of movements, many of us are better, faster and more coherent at this work than we could have possibly been without his wise counsel, a wisdom born of experience which we now share with you. http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/3881/journalism-and-civil-resistance-rev-jim-lawson-mexico-making-video
VIDEO 2010 Mexico authentic journalism Narco News lecture by Rev Jim Lawson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deF5e6yNy-Y
biotech worker wins suit against Pfizer
MUA-ILWU solidarity April 22nd - Rio Tinto lockout of 600 miners Boron, California
MELBOURNE April 22nd @ 9.30am
Rio Tinto 25 Collins Street
MUA-ILWU solidarity event
Maritime Union of Australia 6-54 Ireland Street, West Melbourne, Victoria, 3003 Ph 03 9329 5477 Email email@example.com
Media contact: Kevin Bracken,
MUA Victoria Branch Secretary Tel: 0400 077 563
WA workers rally against Rio 26 Mar 2010 Solidarity with locked out ILWU miners in the USA http://www.mua.org.au/news/wa-workers-rally-in-against-rio/
Construction, mining, maritime and metal workers rallied outside the Sheraton Hotel in Perth on Tuesday where Chief Executive of mining giant Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Sam Walsh, was hosting a business breakfast for Rio bosses. The protest was in support of around 600 locked out miners, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, in Boron, California, USA.
see video from event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJMnld47JJ0&feature=player_embedded
filmed by Alex Bainbridge http://www.youtube.com/user/AlexBainbridge
BA strikes: Management ups its bullying as the dispute goes international
With strikes at BA looming this weekend, management have furthered its attacks on the workforce, while the airline faces international solidarity with BA workers. With an election on the horizon, both main parties are attempting to outdo each other by attacking the BA cabin crew looking to defend their terms and conditions.
Gordon Brown, whose party's biggest donor is the Unite union, has called the strike “unjustified and deplorable”. The Tories, damaged by revelations over the embarrassing tax-dodging of their major donor, Lord Ashcroft, have claimed labour is hobbled by powerful unions, "the new militant tendency". Meanwhile, the media and business has clamoured for the government to stop the strike, which has a huge democratic mandate from Unite members.
BA strikes: Management ups its bullying as the dispute goes international With strikes at BA looming this weekend, management have furthered its attacks on the workforce, while the airline faces international solidarity with BA workers. With an election on the horizon, both main parties are attempting to outdo each other by attacking the BA cabin crew looking to defend their terms and conditions. Gordon Brown, whose party's biggest donor is the Unite union, has called the strike “unjustified and deplorable”. The Tories, damaged by revelations over the embarrassing tax-dodging of their major donor, Lord Ashcroft, have claimed labour is hobbled by powerful unions, "the new militant tendency". Meanwhile, the media and business has clamoured for the government to stop the strike, which has a huge democratic mandate from Unite members. BA management have upped the stakes by threatening to sack Unite shop stewards at the heart of the dispute. Seven members of Bassa (Unite's cabin crew branch) face disciplinary charges over their role, charges which BA has refused to drop in the course of negotiations.
RIO TINTO BORAX vs ILWU Boron California March 11 2010 ...
in Australia, where the company exploits some of the world's most important iron, coal and uranium reserves, it has uprooted traditional unions, cut real wages and (as it is now trying to do in Boron) replaced collective bargaining with variable individual contracts.
Aussie miners and train drivers, however, have fought back with wildcat strikes and new organizing campaigns. Their defiance has led the company to an extraordinary solution: a fully automated "mine of the future" that won't require unruly miners or railroad workers. A working prototype is being developed in the remote Pilbara iron range: eleven mines with robotized drilling, automated haul trucks and, soon, driverless ore trains, all controlled from an operations center in Perth, 800 miles away.
....and the marchers begin to assemble, about 600-strong, behind a banner that spans the entire width of the road:
An Injury to One Is an Injury to All.
GurgaonWorkersNews - Newsletter 23 (March 2010)
(full version at: www.gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com)
Gurgaon in Haryana is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone behind the gateway of development. At a first glance the office towers and shopping malls reflect this chimera and even the facades of the garment factories look like three star hotels.
Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon.