IMC NEWS BLAST | Wednesday, August 16, 2000
A compilation of breaking stories, photos, video, and audio
from the Independent Media Center on Wednesday, August 16, 2000.
http://la.indymedia.org SPECIAL EDITION:
The IMC Reports from the
streets outside the Democratic
National Convention in Los Angeles
As of this morning, all but a handful of the 420+ jailed activists
have been released from Philadelphia jails, while in Los Angeles
the police are responding to protests with chemical weapons, horses,
rounds of rubber bullets, and mass arrests. While confrontations
erupt in the streets, inside the Convention Center our teary-eyed
President takes credit for these "best of times." Outside, the IMCis
in the streets recording, reporting, and posting information that
the well-guarded Conventioners are protected from hearing and admitting
into official debate.
On Wednesday 16, 2000, this is what democracy looks like:
CURRENT ISSUE OF *Why?* | The IMC's NEW PROTEST E-ZINE
Activists did not come to L.A. to fight the police, but to
demand that the issues which effect our everyday lives enter into
national debate. This issue of *Why?* looks beyond police clashes
to the real issues that inspire protestors to put their bodies on the
line: economic apartheid in the U.S.A., racial injustice, les/gay/bi/trans
rights, the worldwide fight against AIDS, the prison-industrial complex
UNRESTRAINED STORIES: FALSE CLAIMS OF PROTESTOR VIOLENCE
by Tim Ream
In numerous situations since the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle,
police have routinely spread unsubstantiated, misinformation of
violent plans by protestors. This excellent report examines the
state's emerging strategy of preemptive response to mass protest.
PROTEST CONCERT SHUT DOWN WITH RUBBER BULLETS
by Michael Fernandez
A free concert by the bands Ozomatli and Rage
Against The Machine was interrupted by tear gas,
pepper spray, and rubber bullets Monday evening
as delegates watched from the Staples Center balcony.
People who were there report what they experienced.
BICYCLE RIDERS BUSTED AT FLOWER & 18th
Approximately 250 bicycling activists took to the streets
Tuesday afternoon for a nonviolent demonstration. The LAPD responded
with mass arrests. Read the eyewitness account.
IMC AUDIO NEWS HEADLINES
by IMC Audio Team
The IMC audio team's half-hour news on August 16th, 2000. It
includes coverage of arrests at the Critical Mass bike ride, the
anti-fur protest and arrests, Monday's Rage Against the
Machine Concert, police brutality, legal and medical
reports, the youth and women's marches, education,
environmental racism, and an interview with a Young Democrat.
IMC 24 HOUR WEB RADIO
HELP 420 UNJUSTLY ARRESTED at RNC
In the wake of the Philadelphia protests, activists, puppeteers,
legal observers, medics and bystanders now face a serious legal battle.
37 face felony charges. To win, they need help. Here's an update
about what can be done:
VALUE WOMEN's WORK! VALUE WOMEN'S LIVES!
Photo by Geoff Oliver-Bugbee 12:02am
600 women marched through the streets of Los Angeles Tuesday morning
to speak out for women's work and well being.
WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION LOOKS LIKE
Photo by Joe King
The armed atmosphere around the Staples Center speaks for itself.
PRISON DIARY OF A PUPPETISTA FLEA
Personal diary of a puppetista practicing jail solidarity
in ther Philadelphia jail system.
THE CORPORATE MEDIA INTERFERE WITH DEMOCRACY
by Andrea Buffa and Ben Clarke
Media giants lobby and pay off politicians to maintain control
of the airwaves. To break the grip, activists are mobilizing against
the National Association of Broadcasters September in San Francisco.
FOREIGN MEDIA OFFERS BETTER COVERAGE OF U.S. EVENTS
By Mark Marbles
"There are tremendous needs in this country to address:
childcare, 44 million people without health insurance,
helping poor and low-income people afford homes.
Those priorities don't make it to the agenda"
DEMOCRACY NOW! / CRASHING THE PARTY
During convention week two, live video programs originating from the
L.A. IMC will satellite-cast to millions of homes across the country.
Covering the issues being ignored by establishment media, Amy Goodman,
Juan Gonzalez, Laura Flanders and Free Speech TV take to the airwaves,
satellite and web in a historic, three-pronged broadcast of
movement-oriented analysis and resistance news.
Archived footage from the week in Philly.
NUEVO PAVOREAL: THE REAL STORY
by "Enlace Civil, A.C."
Tension and violence continue to flare in Chiapas where attacks
against Zapatista support communities are being reported.
On August 11th, the community of Nuevo Pavoreal was attacked by
men affiliated with the right-wing PRI party. Here's the report
from the Mexico IMC.
Support Microradio: Slam the NAB! Protest The "WTO of Media"
Sept. 20-23, San Francisco
Protest in Prague Sept. 26 2000
Action Against the First Presidential Debate, October 3
Summit of the Americas, April 2001, Quebec City
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