July 10, 2012
Door beaten in by SWAT police raid.
Kasama received this shortly after the police ended their ransacking of the Seattle apartment. We will cover events and statements as they emerge.
Early morning, July 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping residents scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted with automatic weapons.
The neighbor Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard the bang of their grenade, and the crashing as police entered the apartment. The crashing and stomping continued for a long time as they tore the place apart.”
After the raid, the residents pored over the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant says that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’ — which lays out the political police state nature of this right there. In addition they were looking for specific pieces of clothing supposedly connected with a May First incident.
When the police finally left, they did not arrest anyone.
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July 4, 2012
Clinton McBride reports on a fight by iron workers working for a Texas contractor.
July 4, 2012
Striking workers and activist supporters including Occupy Dallas members, moved into the offices of the Parkland Hospital construction office with a local news crew on hand.
WORKERS AT D’Ambra Steel in Texas are involved in a heated battle to win basic rights on the job.
D’Ambra is a Texas-based construction subcontractor, which is working on several projects to install rebar (steel reinforcement in concrete) throughout the Southwest, including hospitals, parking garages, highways and skyscrapers in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and Austin. The company prides itself on its “unique service” and timely work, according to its website.
The company also declares that “safety is the number one job and responsibility of each and every employee” and that “the best and most complete safety rules in the world will not prevent accidents. People cause accidents by taking unnecessary personal risks.”
If that sounds like D’Ambra doesn’t care, the company also insists it “will not compromise accident and injury prevention for profit or production.”
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July 2, 2012
This story was produced by the independent Economic Hardship Reporting Project, co-edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Rivlin.
Students in Montreal resist tuition increases
One evening in 2007, Jan Yoder of Normal, Illinois noticed that her son Jason seemed more despondent than usual. Yoder had been a graduate student in organic chemistry at Illinois State University but after incurring $100,000 in student loan debt, he struggled to find a job in his field. Later that night, Jason, 35, left the family’s mobile home. Concerned about her son’s mood, Jan Yoder decided in the early morning hours to go look for him on campus, where a professor she ran into joined her in the search. The two of them discovered his body in one of the labs on campus and called campus police at 8:30AM. 32 minutes later, Jason was declared dead due to nitrogen asphyxiation.
When the story was posted on several different sites in 2007 and 2008, the Internet chatter was not always kind to the dead man. While many expressed great sympathy for Yoder and ranted against the student lending system, others were quick to invoke the “personal responsibility” argument — “it was his fault;” “why did he take out that amount of loans?;” “Mr. Yoder took out those loans . . . he had an obligation to pay them back.” — and denigrate him.
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