Yesterday at the demonstration for Gaza / Border Children / No to Fascist Ukraine, we were incarcerated in this huge steel-fenced shell. And we were not allowed, by the police patrolling our iron fencing on the outside, to talk to people going by! Sorry to say, we are so used to it, I am ashamed to tell you what New York protesters put up with.

So I was having some chats, many pleasant, though not all, with passersby over the top of the fencing ( I called them “freedom cells”) and this cop tells me I am not allowed to talk to the people walking by, that they can’t stop.

So I said, the Constitution gives us freedom of speech and assembly, and these are the sidewalks WE pay for, and we have the right to converse with anyone we wish. She says, No, the Constitution was written before these fences were invented, so it doesn’t count anymore.

Heather Cottin via Facebook (via fuckyeahmarxismleninism)

this is fucking insane. i can’t believe you americans are fine with this.

(via thedoomreport)

Well at least the police aren’t just indiscriminately opening fire on us and looting our dead bodies, right!!?

democracy, hoo rah!

Um, I do believe this is utter bullshit and not all American’s are fine with it. Especially after the SCOTUS just ruled that 35ft of buffer violated peoples right to free speech, these fenced “free speech zones” are now or should also be unconstitutional. Stupid cop has no idea what she’s talking about. Of course, they all think the constitution is just a piece of paper and has no bearing anymore because, oh, NDAA, Patriot Act, and other laws that essentially have nullified the constitution as a whole. And it’s happening because we the people allow it to happen! I have refused to use free speech zones because any public area is a free speech zone and most cops will back off when you explain it that way. Or arrest you but either way, the point is made.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

NYC Emergency Protest: Defend Women’s Reproductive Rights!

News flash! U.S. Supreme Court rules against women and for corporate “rights.”

Join the International Working Women’s Coalition Protest
TODAY June 30, 2014 - 5pm

UNION SQUARE, 14th Street & Broadway, New York City 

For more: iwwd.coalition@gmail.com
or www.facebook.com/InternationalWorkingWomensDayCoalition

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“WE OPPOSE SUPREME COURT DECISION THAT SAYS 
CORPORATE RIGHTS TRUMP WOMEN’S/WORKERS’ RIGHTS”
DEMONSTRATION TODAY, UNION SQUARE, 5-6:30
The International Working Women’s Day Coalition has called a protest today in Union Square, 5-6:30, to denounce today’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right to deny women workers the right to choose contraceptives of their choice. 
“We oppose today’s Supreme Court decision that says corporate rights trump women’s and workers’ rights,” said Sue Davis, one of the spokeswomen for the IWWD Coalition. “As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in her minority dissent, the decision is an outrageous overextension of the court’s power to rule that for-profit corporations’ rights include ‘religious liberty.’ ”
Ginsburg noted in her dissent, which was joined by Justices Breyer,  Kagan, and Sotomayor: “Accommodations to religious beliefs or observances … must not significantly impinge on the interests of third parties.” Clarifying that, she wrote, “Again, the Court forgets that religious organizations exist to serve a community of believers. For-profit corporations do not fit that bill.” Finally she asserts: “No tradition, and no prior decision under [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], allows a religious-based exemption when the accommodation would be harmful to others — here, the very persons the contraceptive coverage requirement was designed to protect.”
The court’s finding in this case has been termed “unprecedented” and “an exercise in judicial activism.” But it is in line with the Citizens United decision of 2010 and this year’s ruling allowing prayer in public government meetings.  
“The major reason coverage for contraceptives is even an issue is that the Affordable Care Act is based on the for-profit health care system,” noted Monica Moorehead, a leader in the IWWD Coalition. “If health care were based on a single-payer system, this would not be a problem. This decision exposes why health care should be provided across the board so that all people have equal access to care. We know this decision will fall the heaviest on poor working women, disproportionately women of color, immigrants, youth, lesbians and transwomen, as well as women living in rural areas. That’s why we oppose it.”
The full gamut of women’s, civil rights and reproductive justice organizations have been invited to today’s speakout. All those opposed to the role of corporations in workers’ personal lives are welcome.

The International Working Women’s Day Coalition is made up of women’s, workers’, immigrant, civil rights, LGBTQ organizations all united in the global fight for justice and equality for all women. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/InternationalWorkingWomensDay Coalition.

With all due respect to the Justices, they have erred in invalidating the buffer zone as an impermissible regulation of speech. Protesters always have had ample opportunities to express their opinions directly to patients and staff. And the Court also distorted reality when it focused on supposed “caring” conversations from protesters.

In Massachusetts, before the buffer zone law was enacted, patients and staff were often subjected to intense and aggressive harassment. Planned Parenthood in particular was routinely singled out by protesters who went beyond expressing themselves through conversation. They disrupted the operation of health centers by chaining themselves to medical equipment. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the doorway of our healthcare centers, blocking access for our patients and staff. They screamed directly into the ears of patients, jarring them at a sensitive moment — when they were en route to a private medical appointment.

This volatile, unsafe environment in Massachusetts paved the way for tragedy. In 1994, a man barged into the Planned Parenthood health center in Brookline and opened fire, murdering one staff member and injuring three others. He then went to another nearby health center, murdering another staff member and wounding two others.

When the law was enacted, it was instantly clear that it worked. The atmosphere outside Planned Parenthood health centers became transformed to one of peaceful coexistence. Speech was never prevented outside healthcare centers. The only restriction protesters faced was to stand 35 feet away from the entrance of a healthcare center. Thirty-five feet is roughly the length of a school bus. When someone screams “Murderer!” from a distance of 35 feet, you hear the message loud and clear.

Cecile Richards, Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand What It’s Like to Be a Woman in This Country (via nudityandnerdery)

(Source: ppaction)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Boston street rally: ‘U.S./NATO Hands off Ukraine’

A rally initiated by the Boston International Action Center in collaboration with the Boston Committee for Peace and Human Rights was held to protest U.S./NATO intervention in Ukraine on May 17.

Participants included Steve Kirschbaum and Bob Traynham from Team Solidarity and the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Ed Childs and Judy Davis from UNITE HERE Local 26, Sarah Roche-Mahdi from Code Pink, John McLeod and Michael Borkson from the Committee for Peace and Human Rights, Brian Shea of the Disabled Peoples Liberation Front, Frank Neisser of the IAC, Gerry Scoppettuolo of Stonewall Warriors, Bunny Caristi of Workers World Party and others.

The protest was organized in response to a call by the United National Antiwar Coalition for actions from May 9 to May 26.

Keystone Protesters Pay Price for Camping in Texas Trees

Protesters trying to save the world by sitting in trees or blocking equipment used to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline are learning that environmental activism can be a ticket to lengthy jail time in East Texas.

Matthew Almonte, Glen Collins and Isabel Brooks landed in jail in Tyler on Dec. 3, charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, resisting arrest and illegal dumping, following efforts to stop work on the TransCanada Corp. (TRP) pipeline. Each has asked for a reduction in the $65,000 bond that must be posted to get out pending trial, without success.

thepeoplesrecord:

Anti-Morsi protesters break through wired fences of presidential palace
December 7, 2012

Several guards have been injured after protesters broke through barbed wire around the presidential palace in Cairo. Tens of thousands have come to the palace to slam Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s bid for absolute power.

Friday again saw thousands marching towards the presidential palace in Cairo, while hundreds others rallied in the iconic Tahrir Square. The demonstrations were called by opposition forces, which include various leftist, liberal and democratic groups.

We want to see the fall of the regime,” chanted the crowd venting their anger with President Morsi, the drafted constitution and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The palace has grown surrounded with barbed wire fences and concrete blocks. Police, national guard troops and military are guarding the place, including the tanks brought in Thursday.

The protesters rallied peacefully for several hours, but as night fell some began attempting to remove the barbed wire. 

RT’s reporter Bel Trew watched the crowd remove the barricades and flood the streets around the presidential palace. There, the demonstratots climbed onto army tanks waving flags and chanting slogans against President Mors. Others tried to get over the gate or remove the barbed wire.

Protesters told Trew that the Republican Guards “just stepped aside and let people pass.” The guards are currently standing next to their tanks and other posts, but not getting involved with the protest.

At the moment the mood here is more jubilant than violent. People are dancing and singing, there’s a lot of drum beats and football chants,” Trew says, adding that the protesters are set to spend the night rallying right in front of the palace.

At the same time, Muslim Brotherhood supporters are gathering in an area near the palace, Trew reports via Twitter. If the two camps meet, it could bring a repeat of Wednesday’s violence, when at least six were killed and hundreds injured after Brotherhood supporters drove out opposition crowds camped outside the palace.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood Friday once again slammed the opposition’s attempts “to stall the democratic transition.” In its Twitter feed, Egypt’s most influential religious movement called on the nation to rule the country by ballot on the constitutional referendum which is set for December 15.

On Friday, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki said the constitutional referendum might get rescheduled. 

The president is ready to talk with political figures without any preconditions. He is open to the idea of postponing the referendum to reach a consensus over the contentious articles. He is ready for that, even if it means the constitution will return to the assembly,” Mekki said.

Source

waffleguppies:

queerhairyvag:

A BUNCH OF SHOWER OF PRICKS:

Take a look at the first picture. more than a 1000 people turned up outside and blocked the gates of the Dail (Irish parliament) tonight to protest against the government’s refusal to grant people access to abortion. 

Look at the second picture. RTE news went to the other side of the parliament where there was no one because they don’t want to report a prochoice event in their right-wing media.

This is a small country, it is a very big deal that that many people blocked entry into the parliament tonight. the media had a duty to report this and they didn’t, they decided to skew the whole thing by making it seem like nobody turned up. Scumbags. I know the government controls the media but this is just….. ugh SCUMBAGS. 

Signal boost. This makes me really angry.

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