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Announcement :: Indymedia : Peace & War : Protest Activity

Two Events Thursday: Indymedia Workshop and Poets Against the War

This Thursday night, February 12, is your chance to both be the media online and resist the war with poetry.

At 7pm at Queer Paradise (319 N. Adams), the Richmond Independent Media Center hosts the second installment of its Be The Media workshop series. This time, the focus is on how to actively use this website. Come get face-to-face, hands-on help with using the revolutionary yet simple technology indymedia relies on. Read the full story.

At 9pm at the Polkadot Gallery (817 W. Broad), join Richmond Poets Against the War for their one year anniversary reading. The event will feature performances by local poets and music by Rasul the Nobody and friends, but it's also importantly an open mic, so bring your own poem/spoken word/manifesto/short narrative to read for all. Get all the details.

Both events are free, with donations accepted.

 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Help Save Local Living Wage Ordinances, Stop the General Assembly!

Help Labor Campaigns across the state save local living wages! Senate Bill 428 the "anti-living wage" bill will be heard in committee THIS MONDAY Feb. 9th at 2pm in Senate Room B of the General Assembly (Downtown RVA). This bill stays, "that no public body may require the payment of a minimum wage that exceeds the federal minimum wage to the employees of an employer, or his subcontractor, contracting to provide goods or services to the public body." Effectively negating ALL living wage ordinances.

Read the full story to find out all the ways you can act to protect and continue the struggle for the right to a living wage in Virginia.
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Gender and Sexuality

Proposed Bill Will Close Abortion Clinics

Women seeking abortions will have a more difficult time finding a clinic if the Virginia Senate passes HB-116. Already passed through the House of Delegates by a 69-28 vote, this bill would effectively close all but one abortion clinic in the state. We must not allow this to pass through the Virginia Senate. Visit the General Assembly webpage and find out who your Senator is. Email him or her and let them know that they should vote "NO!" to HB-116. Track HB-116.
 
 

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News :: Right Wing

EXPOSED: Virginia's Economy of White Supremacy

Last year Virginia's Congressional Black Caucus of the General Assembly commissioned a study of the State's procurement process to see if minority and women owned businesses were getting their fair share of the millions if not billions in state contracts.

The results came back in mid January: 0.44%
 
 

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Interview :: Media : Miscellaneous

Richmond Ingredience Hip-Hop Festival 2004

The Richmond IMC caught up with Rasul the Nobody, a local indpedent hip-hop artist & organizer to talk about the upcoming DIY Richmond Ingredience Hip-Hop Festival taking place January 30th - February 1st.

We also touched on issues of Richmond re-development, the current state of mainstream hip-hop,and the Confederate statues along Monument Avenue.
 
 

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News :: [none]

Chesterfield Co. Pimps Temps in Segregated Work Gangs

Chesterfield Co. is using temp agencies that
pay its workers $6.00 an hour to rake leaves in its annual "Leaf Project".

Chesterfield County is no friend of the living wage for its temporary workers. This arch-reactionary county, home of the Confederate Heriatage month, is also placing workers in racially segregated work gangs to rake the leaves of the affluent county citizens.

This reporter was assigned by his company, a temp service for commercial drivers, to drive equipment and the temps to job sites recently.
 
 

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News :: Crime & Police : Environment : Protest Activity : Urban Development

Richmond ELF Cell - Correct RIMC Version

[The initial feature posted to the RIMC erroneously combined the text of the RIMC feature and the first newswire post concerning the ELF arrests. The text displayed on the front page in the center column was written by this RIMC volunteer, while the text linked to at the bottom of the feature with the words "Read full story" was from the newswire post which was written by an anonymous and unknown site user unafflilated with the RIMC. I've tried to correct the problem and seperate the two out. You can still read the original newswire post, as well as the extensive thread of comments, on our newswire]

Three men, all recent graduates of Douglas Freeman High School, have admitted to committing acts of ecological vandalism in Richmond's West End.

Adam Blackwell, 20, Aaron Linas, 18 and John Wade, 18, have admitted damaging over 25 SUVs, vandalizing construction equipment, and defacing restaurants, prosecutors have said. A press release from the ELF Press Office details these acts below.

"Specifically, the three plead guilty to acts of earth liberation that incurred over $200,000 in damages over the course of a one-year period which included:

* damage to the gas and hydraulic tanks of construction vehicles as well as electrical systems on those vehicles;
* the defacement of glass windows at McDonald's and Burger King restaurants with etching cream;
* monkeywrenching of the electrical systems, doors, and windows of homes under construction in Goochland County;
* attempts to destroy a crane and other construction vehicles being used at a construction site for the Short Pump Town Center;
* etching "ELF" and "SUV" on the windows and bodies of 25 SUVs at the Universal Ford dealership;
* the destruction of various SUVs, and Jeeps owned by dealerships and individuals."

Calls for support for these activists have already begun. Read the full story and contribute to the thread of discussion as this situation further develops.
 
 

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Announcement :: [none]

You Are Indymedia!

Make the Richmond Independent Media Center everything you want it to be. Richmond Indymedia runs on people power – that means you! Awesome things are happening with our IMC, meaning that right now we need you more than ever. We’ve got a new space, a new site, a new design on the way, tons of breaking news every day, and ambitious goals we’re striving towards. And almost all of it hinges on you.

You need not be a computer geek to volunteer. Indymedia relies on all sorts of talents, none of which require long nights in front of a computer screen.

Got writing skills and an ear to the ground? Great, because we’ve got events galore in desperate need of coverage. Post articles to our newswire and get your pieces featured front and center page.

Like to throw a good party? Help us plan awesome fundraising events for things like visual and audio recording equipment, computer and technology upgrades, an indymedia video and print library, and even hopefully soon a print edition of Richmond Indymedia’s online publication.

Enjoy late nights at Kinko’s or jetting about town putting up flyers? Join the IMC’s street team and help us get the word out about all that is radical in the Richmond area.

And, of course: the more computer geeks, the better. Do you think cascading style sheets are the hottest thing ever? Do you dream in pixels? When you think of revolution, do you think of open source software? Join the ranks of our proud IMC techies and designers.

Add to indymedia efforts as much or as little as you like. Anything you can contribute in any amount – ideas, hours, etcetera – is one step further towards providing our community with independent, accurate, and passionate news.

Get involved today by emailing info (at) richmondindymedia.org, or calling (804) 355-5621.

You’ve also got a great opportunity every Monday at 7pm to meet and participate with the Richmond Indymedia collective. The first Monday of every month is extra special fun – join the Richmond Indymedia collective for its famously delicious potluck. All Indymedia meetings are held at Queer Paradise, 319 N. Adams in lovely Jackson Ward, just off of Broad Street in downtown Richmond.
 
 

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News :: Peace & War : Protest Activity

100th Anti-War Protest this Friday at Noon for Richmond Dad

This Friday, December 12th marks the 100th anti-war protest for Richmonder Larry Syverson. From 12 noon to 1pm, Larry will be at Richmond's Federal Courthouse on 10th and Main Streets. Come to the lunchtime protest and help Larry commemorate his 100th vigil against the Bush administration's war in Iraq.

Larry Syverson has two sons serving in Iraq and he's doing his darnedest to bring them home and expose the lies that got them put in harms way to begin with. He's been in dozens of news articles, speaking out to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, called for Rumsfeld's resignation in a full page MoveOn.org ad in the NY Times, and he's just getting started.
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Rally for Workers Rights, Calls for Solidarity Action!

On a rainy Richmond afternoon, workers from Petersburg to Baltimore and as far away as North Carolina rallied with supporters to stand in solidarity with Virginia Public Service Workers Union, of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 160, out of Petersburg.

UE Local 160, along with other solidarity groups, has declared political war on the General Assembly next session. Their goal is nothing less than to get the VA “Right to Work? Law erased from the books. They are calling for supporters to join them on a “Lobby Day? January 28, 2004, in which they will present testimonials of State employees’ grievances directly to the General ASSembly Delegates. One worker from North Carolina, Stanley Lee, who spoke at the rally said it best “Stand up, be counted for!?
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation : Labor & Class : Protest Activity

Workers from Three States to Rally in Richmond on Human Rights Day

On Wednesday, December 10, members of the Virginia Public Service Workers Union, joined by fellow members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America from Maryland and North Carolina, will rally in Richmond.

The rally, part of a national day of labor action [1, 2, 3] marking Human Rights Day, will demand that the Commonwealth of Virginia recognize state workers' rights to organize unions, bargain collectively and strike.

Human Rights Day commemorates the 1948 ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stated that"[e]veryone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association," and that "[e]veryone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his (sic) interests."

Currently, Virginia is one of 22 "right to work" states. State officials regularly refuse to meet with union members, and collective bargaining, strikes and pickets are all illegal for state workers.

The rally will begin at 11:00 am at the Bell Tower at Capitol Square.

It has been endorsed by the Richmond Coalition for a Living Wage, Richmond Food Not Bombs, the Student Liberation Action Collective, The People United, the Tidewater Labor Support Committee, and the Virginia Organizing Project.

Further endorsements are welcome, and all are invited to participate.

For more information, please contact the Virginia Public Service Workers Union at 1-888-868-6466 or organize@ue160.org.
 
 

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David Rovics Benefit for Green Party & Indie Radio

David Rovics, controversial acoustic singer-songwriter, willperform on Monday night, December 8th, at the Polka Dot Gallery, to benefit thenew Richmond Indie Radio station, WRIR 97.3, & the Richmond Green Party, whichadvocates for environmental consciousness & for open access to public media.
 
 

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