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5 protesters killed by the police in seoul, urgent action needed

Urgent Appeal for immediate action> Stop forced evictions and further death in South Korea

In South Korea, 5 people died while protesting against an imminent forced eviction

1. Summary of the Incidence At 6 a.m. on 20th January, people who were asking for solutions to avoid eviction in February in Youngsan-Gu, Seoul lost their lives as a consequence of violent oppression from the police. A 1500 strong police force was dispatched to disperse about 50 protesters.

The police actions taken toward these protesters were similar to those taken in times war. Less than a day after those facing eviction started protesting and without further conversations or an effort to discuss the issues, the government dispatched a special police force and staged an anti-terror operation. After the police entered the building where the protesters were, a fire broke out and the circumstances became dangerous. However, without taking any safety measures, the police proceeded with the operation which resulted in the death of 5 protesters and 1 police officer.

Emergency Appeal – Please Help Support IWW Drivers Fired for Organizing

Emergency Appeal – Please Help Support IWW Drivers Fired for Organizing
My name is Tom and I'm a volunteer for the IWW's Freight Truckers Organizing Committee.   I've spoken to many of you over the phone over the past couple of days.  For others of you, perhaps Fellow Workers Jake or Mark spoke to you or left you a message.   We thank you for your time and were hoping you could spare five more minutes.

A closer look into the December uprising in Greece by Lola Rent

These nights are for Alexis: A closer look into the December uprising in Greece by Lola Rent Email: 25 Jan 2009

Eleven days after the 15-year old boy Alexandros Grogopoulos was killed by a police bullet in Athens, I decide to travel to Greece. The following article is no news, nor is it an analysis of the news. It is an attempt to create more understanding of the inner workings of the uprising, the sociopolitical and cultural climate in which it took place and the movement behind it. It does not attempt to give an objective representation of the uprising instead it is written from a highly subjective perspective and a compilation of interviews I held with people from the anarchist/anti-autoritarian movement in Thessaloniki.

I travel to Thessaloniki.

New York is a Union town - IWWs march against wage slavery !

IWW New Yorkers March Against Wage Slavery Date Mon, 26 Jan

On a chilly Monday morning in midtown Manhattan, demonstrators displayed powerful messages of solidarity with food and retail workers, demanding fair wages and treatment while sending a prominent message to bosses: "You can't keep the workers down, New York is a union town!" On January 19, 2009, approximately 50 people braved the winter weather for the Industrial Workers of the World's (IWW) annual "March Against Wage Slavery" in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Starting at 11 AM outside the Starbucks Regional Office on 5th Avenue in the shadows of the Empire State Building, a radical marching band joined by union members and supporters rallied alongside Starbucks baristas to demand that workers be paid a holiday premium of time and a half for working on MLK Day?the only national holiday in which workers do not receive premium pay.

Quote of the day from Martin Luther King (compare and contrast with Obama's inaugural)

King”s April 1967 speech against  the Vietnam War delivered at Riverside Church, a year to the day 
before his assasination:

King audio

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a  person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.... True compassion is more than flinging  a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring..... This business of burning human beings  with napalm, of filling our nation”s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields 

Dismissed workers occupy factory in Poland & Greek Protest

Dismissed workers occupy factory in Poland laureakai on Jan 22 2009

200 workers recently dismissed from Thomson in a Warsaw suburb occupy factory in the hopes of getting promised compensation. Thomson factory in the Warsaw suburb of Piaseczno produces TV glass (screens and tubes). A few years ago, the Indian firm Videocon purchased all of Thomson's TV glass factories. Videocon planned to restructure the company and introduce LCD production in Piaseczno. Of course it also wanted to move large parts of production to other countries and integrate with its glass panel production in India.

Thomson factories purchased by Videocon in Mexico and Italy did not fair well. In Mexico there was downsizing but in Italy this has been mitigated by state aid. (Videocon demanded huge incentives from the Mexican government.) The plant in low-cost China on the other hand, is "doing well". A couple of years ago, 5000 people were employed in the Piaseczno factory. 4700 people have been dismissed since Videocon purchased the factory.

United Farm Workers Caesar Chavez & Martin Luther King

"What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger?" Dr. King declared.

United Farm Workers Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

UFW, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd., P.O. Box 62, Keene, CA 93531 "

The simple act of refusing to buy table grapes laced with pesticides is a powerful statement that the growers understand. Economic pressure is the only language the growers speak, and they are beginning to listen. Please, boycott table grapes. For your safety, for the workers, and for the children, we must act together. My friends, Dr. King realized that the only real wealth comes from helping others. " Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Address by Cesar Chavez based on April 1978 article in Maryknoll Magazine In March 1968,

Lampedusa - 700 escape detention & protest

700 migrants have broken down fences and escaped from the Lampedusa detention centre on the Mediterranean island in protest at the conditions there.

The camp was built for 850 detainees but currently houses over 2000. The UN recently urged the Italian government to address the "difficult humanitarian situation." After their escape the migrants converged on the town centre where they staged a protest, shouting "freedom" and "help us." The mayor of described it as Lampedusa "a very tense situation."

Gaza - 2nd Union Aid Plane lands & video pix

Second aid plane lands in Gaza 21 January 2009

Royal Jordanian Gaza aid flight lands in Al-Areesh airport A second ITF-chartered aircraft carrying aid for Gaza landed at Al-Areesh airport this morning. The Royal Jordanian plane touched down at 03:30 on Wednesday. The supplies, which include operating equipment, first aid supplies and burn dressings, are being transported through the Rafah crossing, between Gaza and Egypt.

Unions that contributed towards the cost of the supplies include Jordanian transport unions, other members of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions as well as Tunisian and Lebanese transport unions. The aircraft returned to Amman early this morning. Bilal Malkawi, ITF Arab World Office, who was on board the flight, commented: “The process of unloading the plane has been more difficult this time, because there wasn’t enough equipment or people to help. But hopefully getting the supplies through the crossing should be easier than last time as procedures have been improved.”

Via Campesina protests in Madrid Jan 26th & mobilises for April 17th "Peasants Day"

La Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small and medium size producers, landless, rural women and youth and agricultural workers active in about 70 countries around the world.

From: La Via Campesina Date: 23 January 2009 6:29:02 PM La Via Campesina International peasant movement - Movimiento campesino internacional - Mouvement paysan international International Operative Secretariat (IOS): Jln. Mampang Prapatan XIV no 5 Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta 12790 Indonesia Tel/fax: +62-21-7991890/+62-21-7993426 Email: _______________________________________________________________________________________

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