Protests

Anti-fracking protest in Allentown October 14th

From Food and Water Watch:

Thu, Oct 14, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Join Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action and Gas Truth in the fight to save our drinking water for millions in the Delaware River Basin.

The gas industry is in a rush to drill for gas using hydro-fracking, which can contaminate drinking water and harm agriculture and livestock. The Environmental Protection Agency is finally doing some testing, but findings won't be released until 2012. We need a moratorium until it can be proven that fracking is safe.

Address
7th and Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18101

Defenestrator Newspaper's Report-Back from the G-20 Protests

Be sure to check out this important report-back just released by the Defenestrator Newspaper

Read the full report here: http://defenestrator.org/pgh_g20_report_back

Despite a veritable police state in Pittsburgh, the time was inspiring and rewarding enough we felt we should send out this report back to those who couldn't make it. We also temporarily lost a caravaner who was wrongfully arrested while filming some of the police repression in the streets, so we're combining this with an urgent appeal for funds for his release!

SAVE the DATE: Report-Back Event on Sunday, October 18, 7pm at the Calvary Center, 48th & Baltimore, West Philly.

RELATED: Special G-20 issue of the Defenstrator's print newspaper

Civil Rights and a Possible Crime Emergency: Part 2 The Charles Ramsey Effect

This is part two taken from my own blog written on November 19th. Despite being a few months old, everything still rings true. You can read the original here: http://markskull.blogspot.com/2007/11/civil-rights-and-possible-crime_19.html

THE CHARLES RAMSEY EFFECT

Hello, and welcome to Part 2 of my discussion of the Crime Emergency and the Crime Emergency. Yesterday, I discussed the basic civil rights issues that I feel could be threatened by declaring a Code 10, and asked the question of how long this would last and if it was needed.

Today, we'll start the discussion on the new Police Commissioner, Charles H. Ramsey. But before we do, I want to mention a few things first that I forgot to mention yesterday.

A large amount of my problem with this is, of course, Civil Rights. In all of my writing yesterday, I neglected to mention something that has been bugging me about all of this. Back in May, when Nutter's "Stop-and-Frisk" program was being called to task for violating civil rights, supporters brought up a Court Case where it was declared constitutional.

It was Nutter himself who coined this phase: "It's a Civil Right not to be Shot."

This bumper-sticker phrase was done so well, it is next to impossible to argue against it. To do so seems to allow for the same type of argument used by Conservative Republicans when you disagree with them; "What, do you mean you WANT people to be shot? You don't think it's wrong to kill and murder people?! No wonder you didn't win the election, you cold hearted bastard!"

The fact of the matter is, you don't. You have a right to live, a right to the pursuit of happiness. You have a right to be free and happy, and to live in a safe environment.

You don't have a right to not have bad things happen to you.

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