School Board Meeting – Defend Baltimore Teachers

When:? Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 6:00pm Where:? Boardroom @ 200 E. North Ave. More than 200 hard-working & highly-qualified Baltimore City public school teachers are facing deportation due to failures of the school administration. From 2005 to 2009 BCPSS recruited these highly-qualified and experienced teachers from the Philippines, Jamaica, and other places around the globe. For the past seven years they have been exemplary teachers, going above and beyond the call of duty for the sake of Baltimore and our youth. BCPSS is now backing down on its promises of green card sponsorship. We risk losing hundreds of outstanding teachers, with no replacements in sight except from the underpaid and inexperienced young members of Teach for America. Let’s show our solidarity with these teachers who have come thousands of miles to dedicate their lives to the future of our city.

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Orchestra Brings Joy In Midst of Desperate Congo

For decades, everything to come out of the Democratic Republic of Congo has not been good: civil war, child soldiers and atrocities against women. The fact that an orchestra managed to exist in the midst of all of this was something remarkable. 200 musicians in the Congo continue to defy the poverty of their war-torn country playing in a symphony orchestra that makes music to move the hearts of all who hear….

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Raw Video: Mexico Volcano Spews Ash and Smoke

Residents near Mexico’s active Popocatepetl volcano worry about the possibility of further eruptions. Authorities have prepared evacuation routes and shelters in the event of a bigger explosion. (April 22) Subscribe to the Associated Press: bit.ly Download AP Mobile: www.ap.org Associated Press on Facebook: apne.ws Associated Press on Twitter: apne.ws Associated Press on Google+: bit.ly

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“May 1st Call To Action – Occupy General Strike” – MOC#135 [censored version]

“May 1st Call To Action – Change The World From The Comfort Of Your Own Home” – MOC#135 [censored version]

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Earth Day: Greenwash in the Crosshairs

Here’s a thoughtful article from Truthout about how the 1% use divide-and-conquer and other techniques to take advantage of the rest of us…? Occupy Earth Day In brief:? Occupy has been incredibly successful at changing the narrative on group identity – putting class inequality into the mass consciousness, with the mass media helping perpetuate the simple “99% vs. 1%” framing. Can we come up with a similar meme that tackles the pervasive wave of you-are-the-problem-and-solution advertising and get people thinking in terms of group action to change institutions? ? [Continues at website...]? Submitted by Ray Duray, April 22, 2012 tags:earth day,1%,divide and conquer,mike ewall

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Nashville May Day Events Calendar

? Event Flyer, please print, share, and tell everyone you know! view/print/download PDF version:? Nashville May Day Strike Flyer

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Activists ‘occupy’ UC Berkeley agriculture tract

Kevin Johnson / The Chronicle A masked occupier pushes a large rototiller across a patch of arable land at the intersection of Buchanan and Jackson in Albany on Sunday. Several hundred people occupied a tract of arable land in Berkeley on Sunday where they tilled soil and planted seeds for a community garden. (04-22) 19:15 PDT Albany — A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decade-long development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine. Timing their action to Earth Day, some 200 members of “Occupy the Farm to Take Back the Gill Tract” broke a lock on a gate, rototilled the soil and planted carrot, broccoli and corn seedlings on part of the 10-acre site at Marin and San Pablo avenues. The land, which lies within Albany, is owned by UC Berkeley and is part of a project designed to expand development in the area. Police were on hand at the site not long after the activists broke in at mid-afternoon. By early evening no arrests or confrontations had occurred. There was no immediate comment on the situation from UC Berkeley representatives. The university in recent years tore down and rebuilt a more modern University Village family housing complex in the area for faculty and students, two portions of a three-phase project. In the last phase, the university is poised to renovate the Village’s community center and add more new housing to the site. To raise money for the renovations, the university plans a separate project that calls for construction of a for-profit senior housing complex and grocery store on the Village land. The final segment of phase three calls for Little League fields that currently stand on Village land to be moved to the Gill Tract, occupying only about half of the 10 acres, with the rest of the land to remain open in some form, according to Albany City Councilman Robert Lieder. Preservationists want the entire Gill Tract, which they describe as pristine, to be saved as open space or an urban farm. “I wouldn’t call this property damage, I’d call it property enrichment,” said Lesley Haddock, a UC Berkeley sophomore who was part of the farm-in. “Basically what we did was pull out weeds. We’re not trying to protect it as is, but to turn it into a community hub for agriculture.” She said Occupy the Farm was not linked to the Occupy Oakland protests, but “was philosophically inspired by it.” The movement, she added, was done in solidarity with the Brazilian Movimiento Sin Tierra (Landless Workers Movement) and La Via Campesina (the International Day of Peasant’s Struggles.)

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Banking On Change (12 min version)
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An ironic title for a seemingly honest by ironic tale. A banker with a heart rescuing his local people from the moneylenders. In a pocket of the world where it might almost be sustainable if there is a disconnect from dependence on west (oil) and exploitative tentacles. Pity about the coming tsunami welling up from the west’s gluttony. Two-thirds of India’s population of a billion people live in the nation’s 600,000 villages. Despite India’s economic growth, the disparities between wealth and poverty are enormous. Many villagers migrate to the cities in search of work and end up begging on the streets. South Indian bank manager J S Parthiban set out to do something to help their economic circumstances. He encouraged beggars to open bank accounts in New Delhi, and pioneered micro-loans to villagers in his home state of Tamil Nadu. This is his story—and theirs.

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OCH Kick Off Party WOSD Occupellas

WOSD Occupellas Performance at the Occupy City Heights Kick Off Party 4/21/12 (Sorry for the Poor Video Quality) Cast: Occupy City Heights Tags: OCH , occupy , city , heights , san , diego , WOSD , occupellas , 99% , kick , off and party

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