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David Rovics Benefit for Green Party and Indie Radio

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

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Charlottesville Buy-Nothing-Day

Heavy mall-bound traffic had something free to watch as 25 Charlottesville puppeteers invited shoppers to BUY NOTHING on the biggest shopping day of the year. "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without,� they sang, reminding shoppers of a slogan actually promoted by the US government during World War II.
 
 

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Just Say No to 17th and O!

Demand Services Without Segregation
Just Say No to 17th and O!
Rally at City Hall (9th and Broad)
Monday, Nov. 24th, 4:30 pm

Join us this Monday in a rally demanding the rights and dignity of the homeless community and working poor be upheld and respected. Say "NO" to the City's attempt to isolate and marginalize the services used by those in need.

Gather at 9th and Broad at 4:30pm on Monday, Nov. 24th. A rally will be held and a warm meal provided. At 6pm we will enter the City Council meeting to speak before council during the public comment period.
 
 

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Tear Gas Rock in Miami

Thousands of free trade dissidents converged on Miami this week to oppose the unruly capitalist elite who are attempting to craft a 34-country strong block of liberalized markets in the form of the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

More than 20,000 people joined together in the streets of Miami on Thursday in a vibrant mobilization for global justice. Thousands more were prevented from arriving as their buses were denied entry into Miami. Virginians from Richmond, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Williamsburg all participated in the day's activities.

"I'm here because I feel that this is an important movement and it is important for everyone to come together; workers, indigenous movements and activists are all here, " said Marianna Bowling of Harrisonburg.
 
 

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Richmond Indymedia Design Contest

Richmond Indymedia just launched its new and improved website this past week. We're revamping our site technically, and while we're working hard on making our indymedia work better, we want it to look better too.

That's where you come in -- we're challenging you to create our new logo and banner. Your submission, if chosen, will be used not only on our site, but also on posters, fliers, t-shirts, press passes, etc. The NEW EXTENDED deadline for receiving entries is Monday, December 15. See the article for full details.
 
 

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RICHMOND INDYMEDIA WORKSHOP: Be the Media this Saturday!

November 15, kicks off the first in a series of workshops presented by the Richmond Independent Media Center. The Be The Media series is designed to familiarize folks with the ideas and processes of indymedia, with the RIMC intending to host workshops about print, audio, video, and photo reporting. This shop's focus: how to dig up, report on, and publish your stories online.

 
 

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IMC FUNDRAISER: Help support Argentina Indymedia

If you're out wondering on Broad Street during Richmond's First Friday Artwalk, you should stop by the Richmond Queer Space and check out the photo exhibit by Richmond IMC. We're showing photography from an Argentine artist named Nicolas Pousthomis and asking for donations for his work to raise money for Argentina IMC. So come and see us and hang out with your favorite IMCistas this Friday at 319 N. Adams Street, starting at 6 p.m.

 
 

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Richmond Radical News Briefs: VCU Rallies for Better Worker Wages; City Discusses Patriot Act

As Richmond’s top job producer, Virginia Commonwealth University employs hundreds of student workers and contracts thousands more workers who earn minimum wages. That's all about to change as the university has been targeted by a campaign that is demanding worker justice with living wage pay. A spin-off of the Richmond Coalition for a Living Wage, the VCU Living Wage campaign is organizing students and workers and held its first campus rally this Wednesday. Read on

Later that day, people gathered to learn more about the USA PATRIOT Act at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and to contribute to the growing resistance against this severe expansion of U.S. government power. The forum, including a panel discussion and questions from the audience, promised more action and vigilance against the PATRIOT act in the future. Listen to the audio Read the IMC article

 
 

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END THE OCCUPATION: Defend Peace and Justice in DC this Saturday

Join thousands this Saturday, October 25 in Washington, DC to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq. United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) have put out the call to all those who oppose the war, invasion, and occupation to unite against the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies.

Two local groups -- Richmond ANSWER and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice, and Equality -- have organized a bus up to DC for Saturday. Departing from Asbury United Methodist Church at 8:30am on Saturday morning, tickets cost only $15. If you're interested in catching ride, call Ana Edwards of the Defenders 873-0590.

Answer the call! Like the Defenders said at last week's memorial for freedom fighter Gabriel, the best way to pay tribute to our heroes from the past is to fight on their behalf in today's movements for justice.
[ Check out DC Indymedia for more details ]

 
 

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FASCIST ALERT: Richmond Unwelcomes Israeli Ambassador


Fascist, liar and murderer were the words that came to mind as the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Ayalon, visited Richmond earlier this week. Virginia Commonwealth University's Hillel invited Ayalon to the city to strengthen the ties between the educational institution and Israel. During the ambassador's lecture, Palestinian supporters gathered in the audience to let their resistance be known as some people stood with their backs to the official and others donned keffiyehs and hijabs. Many others arose to ask Ayalon some tough questions regarding Israeli ethics and policy.Read on
 
 

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CELEBRATIONS OF REBELLION: Two Incredible Events This Weekend

Friday, October 10 at 6:30 pm, the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality host Reclaiming Our Stolen History: A Celebration for Gabriel. A slave from a Henrico county plantation who attempted one of the largest slave and working class rebellions in Virginia history, Gabriel was executed in Richmond 203 years ago on the date the Defenders have invited the public to come together to celebrate his life and spirit. Following a program of distinguished speakers at Asbury United Methodist Church, 324 N. 29th Street in Church Hill, participants will walk the 15 blocks to 15th and Broad streets to lay a wreath at the former site of the Richmond gallows where Gabriel was executed on Oct. 10, 1800.

The keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Haskell Bingham of Petersburg, a direct descendent of Gabriel himself and formerly NAACP field organizer in Mississippi, is a genealogist and family historian who has worked to keep alive the oral tradition of Gabriel and his struggle for freedom. Other speakers include former City Councilman Sa’ad El’Amin, who successfully introduced a council resolution declaring Gabriel a "freedom fighter" and a "patriot;" Elizabeth Kambourian, a Richmond historian who discovered the existence of the long-forgotten "Burial Ground for Negroes" at 15th and East Broad streets; and Phil Wilayto, a staff reporter for the Richmond Free Press who has written about Gabriel and the burial ground.

Saturday, October 11 at 8pm, the Chiapas Media Project / Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria comes to town. For five years, the Chiapas Media Project (CMP) has been working as a bi-national partnership to provide video and computer equipment and training to indigenous and campesino communities in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. From the Promedias website:

For many people who live in the developed world use of video cameras, VCR's, TV's, and computers is a daily occurrence. But when one speaks with indigenous peoples about access to this technology they say it is only a dream. For centuries indigenous people and their cultures have been represented by people from the outside. Recently over the past few years there has been an effort to get new communication technology into the hands of indigenous people so that they can represent themselves, with their own words and images. This is what the Chiapas Media Project (CMP) is attempting to do in Southern Mexico.

Part of Richmond’s First Annual Latin Film Festival, the Chiapas Media Project event will include screenings of some of the 16 indigenous productions CMP is currently distributing worldwide. There will be a post-screening discussion with Alexandra Halkin, CMP's International Coordinator, as well as dance music provided by DJ Omar Gonzalez.

The Latin Film Festival runs every Saturday in October 2003, with all events held at ART WORKS, 320 W. Hull Street (the old Westvaco building, just south of the 14th Street Bridge). This excellent series featuring Latin America on Film is brought to us by the Richmond Moving Image Co-op and the 17th Street Farmers’ Market.

 
 

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CRAZY IN LOVE WITH REVOLUTION: Become an IMCista and plug into struggles of the South!


Don’t miss the party of the year! Join us Saturday, Oct. 4 7 p.m., at the IMCista Fiesta, a deluxe dinner party to celebrate the Richmond Independent Media Center’s new home at Queer Paradise, 319 N. Adams Street in lovely Jackson Ward. Meet your intrepid Richmond IMCistas, learn how you too can become an awesome IMCista while chowing down on some succulent grub. The dinner is a sliding-scale fundraiser, with all donated dough going directly toward hooking up the spot with a DSL connection.

Earn cool points in preparation for the party by hitting up the following events on Wednesday. Early in the day, the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride will roll into town at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart near Monroe Park. Traveling throughout the states, four busloads of workers will stop in Richmond to speak the plight of immigrants and their demands for justice in the workplace.

Later on that day, Virginia’s The People United will be connecting with Witness for Peace to explore globalization and Latin American resistance with its presentation, “Our Hemisphere is Not For Sale!” at VCU. The event includes a Mexican labor organizer, Marco Antonio Torres, Argentine human rights activist and political artist, Graciela Monteagudo and Sue Daniels, a New River Valley global justice advocate. Come to learn why the corporate quest for economic hegemony of the hemisphere is unjust and why thousands are mobilizing to shutdown the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

If music and movies are more your bag, check out the Lost Films Festival and Ladyfest Wednesday night. A two-day treatise of anarchist cinema at Nancy Raygun (929 W. Grace St.) Wednesday and Thursday, Lost Films 2003 tour features such favorites as Crowd Bites Wolf, NYC Indymedia’s Get on the Sidewalk!, and Anarchy Carpet. Ladyfest Richmond will host Submission Hold at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. Jump to the rhythm of this rockin’ feminist band and other wimmin rockers at 7 p.m.

 
 

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