Take Back the Land Umoja Village Shantytown Full to Capacity- some weeks back, I wrote about Take Back the Land, an effort in Miami where people seized unused city land to make homes and shelters for people who had none. The community recently picked a name for itself, Umoja Village (”umoja” is Swahili for “unity”), and is now apparently full (they’ve run out of land), housing around 35 people. They’ve been up and running for over a month. Click that link above, and you’ll see many different ways that you can help out. Please do.
UK scientists invent male ‘pill’ that can be taken hours before sex- a team of British scientists have allegedly created a new drug that could be taken before having sex, that would prevent him from ejaculating, while not stopping him from having an orgasm. I haven’t found any scientific details, and am not even sure I would understand the science if I did. Still, sounds positive.
Radio for People Coalition- newly opened website and organization to help people apply for educational and non-commercial FM radio licenses in the US, which they anticipate will become available from the FCC for a short time in 2007. And while that sounds all cool and grassroots and stuff, it sounds like the process of getting one of these licenses requires lawyers, land, an open frequency in your area, and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Closure of Clamor Magazine- This is sad. Clamor was a pretty good magazine of, by and for radical activists. They also did a lot of distrubtion of other radical publications, and hosted the yearly Allied Media Conference, which I was actually hoping to go to next year. Clamor’s “consulting editor” (I don’t know what that means) Josh Breitbart writes this article as a bit of a post-mortem.
Violence Erupts Again in Oaxaca- on to the terrible news. It sounds like the police and paramilitaries have taken control of the city. It sounds like the protest organizers have gone into hiding, and masked riot cops are arresting and “disappearing” people at will. Fuck Ulises Ruiz, and all his monsters.
The Coup d’Etat in Mexico- another article about the iron fist in Oaxaca, but broader in scope, and ending with some hope. NarcoNews’ Al Giordano references another police crackdown earlier in the year near Mexico City (Atenco), the seeming discord in the Mexican Congress (legislators who helped prevent President Fox’s state of the union speech, and who are threatening to stop president-elect Calderon from taking his oath of office)(yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it), and predicts that the incoming Calderon regime will be the most repressive and violent that that nation has seen in decades. He ends on a grim yet optimistic note:
The new regime is going to come in, most likely, with nightsticks and guns blazing. Not all of us are going to survive it. But the day is coming when millions will stand up, all at once, and overpower the powerful who have created two opponents for every one they have jailed, three for each they have killed. And from this small corner, that of an observer with a laptop, come what may, it has been the greatest privilege of this life to listen, learn, document and report over so many years from the first-rate country that is the Mexico from below. It has shown all of us, in every corner of the earth, a new way to fight. You won’t read it in the Commercial Media and there will likely be moments to come when they succeed in peddling the myth that all hope is lost, but the following conclusion is evident to anyone that has really been listening to the sound from below: The coup d’etat is here, but it will not stand.
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