Alert: Coup in Honduras

Sunday 28 June 2009
Josef Schneider

Last night President Mel Zelaya of Honduras was arrested by the military and taken to a military base outside the capital, Tegucigalpa. The President is supported by the popular classes but is opposed by the Honduran oligarchy for his moves to democratize the government and for bringing Honduras into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (better known for it's Spanish acronym ALBA), a trade pact that arose as an alternative to the US government-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The Alba countries include Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Pres Zelaya has been following a strategy for systemic change that was pioneered by Venezuela and Bolivia. He has stated that he wants to call an election for a constituent assembly to re-write the Honduran constitution. The current constitution forbids changing some parts of it, so this has been blocked by the Supreme Court and the legislature. However the proposal has widespread support among Honduran union, labor and farm movements according to reports.

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Opposition Government Represses Campesinos in Venezuela

18 Campesinos Detained in Zulia, Venezuela

The state government of Zulia has demonstrated its capacity to violate human rights with ease, violently attacking 350 families that were living in two ranches that ex-governor Manuel Rosales purchased with the people's money, or state money, however you wish to call it.

Imprison the Corrupt

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Support Needed for Last Surviving Non-profit Feminist Bookstore in US

In Other Words Women's Books and Resources is the last surviving non-profit feminist bookstore in the United States.

In Other Words is more than a bookstore and is a hub of activity—hosting a wide range of community events, meetings and workshops that include author readings, Spanish classes, writing workshops, concerts, art shows, yoga and much more.

Dear friends,

In Other Words, like so many of our fellow bookstores, has fallen
upon incredibly hard financial times. With the decline in our current
economy, we have experienced severely decreased revenue. If we are

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Let's Deport Tom Wenning

Yesterday, convicted rapist, Tom Wenning, joined other racists from OFIR and the Oregon Minute Men, to protest hard working folks at the Portland Day Labor Center. Below is commentary on this vile man, who has been featured in the Oregonian.

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Portland Grassroots Media Camp Benefit Party

Come one! Come all! Listen to local wordsmiths - Blacque Butterfly and Madgesdiq.
Get involved in the media camp - share your skills, learn some skills, organize for media justice!

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"Tell it Like it Is," Benefit Party for the Portland Grassroots Media Camp

PGMC will be holding a benefit on July 12th at The Kenton Firehouse. Come watch video, listen to hip-hop music and witness art that "Tells It Like it Is!!" and support the community members and activists in becoming the media themselves.

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Who You Calling Illegal, Pilgrim: Children of Men review

The first of a series of monthly film reviews on the blog
by Walidah Imarisha

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Stop the raids!!!

Powerful and very informative story about how immigration raids are affecting communities.

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Binational Opposition to Waste Dump on US-Mexico Border

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey