Archive for ‘Government’

April 2, 2014

Washington State DNR Allowed Clearcuts On Unstable Oso Slope

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By Brendan Kiley at The Stranger via CascadiaWatch.org

Two days after the Hazel slope in Oso turned into what one rescue worker described as “a blender” of mud and trees hurtling downhill, a Snohomish County official told a roomful of reporters: “This was a completely unforeseen slide. This came out of nowhere.” He was wrong. The unstable composition of the slope—loose silt and sand, deposited by glaciers on top of a layer of clay—was so well-known that a 1967 article in the Seattle Times referred to it as “slide hill,” and a 1999 geological report for the Army Corps of Engineers discussed its “potential for large-scale catastrophic failure.”

March 8, 2014

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike at NW Detention Center

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From KOMO News:

TACOMA, Wash. – Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center on Saturday, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment and called for an end to deportations with a hunger strike.

February 19, 2014

The Testing Ground for the New Surveillance (Oakland)

Written by Sarah Jeong, adapted by Susie Cagle. You can follow Sarah andSusie on Twitter.

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February 8, 2014

In Illinois Prison, a Hunger Strike Against ‘Inhumanity’

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By Sarah Lazare, staff writer with Common Dreams:

In the cells of a segregated “high security unit” at a southern Illinois prison, men have taken the step of going without food to protest their isolation and inhumane treatment at the hands of “corrections” authorities.

February 7, 2014

Portland Public Schools teachers vote to authorize a strike; walkout set for Feb. 20

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By Nicole Dungca of the Oregonian:

Portland Public Schools teachers have authorized the first strike in the history of Oregon’s largest school system and set a walkout date: Feb. 20.

January 29, 2014

This Date in Native History: the Bear River Massacre

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By Christina Rose of Indian Country:

This Date in Native History: On January 29, 1863, 450 Northwestern Shoshone were killed along the Bear River, near present day Preston, Idaho, in perhaps the largest massacre in United States history.
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January 29, 2014

Activist, Lang Student Jerry Koch Released

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By  of the New School Free Press:

In the brisk January air, Lang student Gerald “Jerry” Koch ran out into the cold, wearing prison sweats and cotton slippers, to his attorney’s office, just after calling his mother to tell her he was free, according to a post on Facebook by New York Year Zero.

January 24, 2014

And Journalists Wonder Why Anarchists Don’t Trust Us to Be Fair

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Henry Rossof, pictured far left.

By Brendan Kiley of The Stranger:

A couple of hours ago, a King County Superior Court judge declined to press charges against a young man named Brendan McCormack who had been accused of vandalizing bank ATMs in the Capitol Hill area late last year.

January 24, 2014

Guards May Be Responsible for Half of Prison Sexual Assaults

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by Joaquin Sapien of ProPublica:

new Justice Department study shows that allegations of sex abuse in the nation’s prisons and jails are increasing — with correctional officers responsible for half of it  — but prosecution is still extremely rare.

January 15, 2014

WATCH ME DO MY THING: SURVEILLANCE IN NEW ORLEANS

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An anarchist analysis of surveillance in New Orleans, by  of Antigravity:

Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon of Mardi Gras on a Bourbon Street balcony. It’s no business of mine how others choose to pass their Mardi Gras, but the crowd below didn’t look happy. They looked frantic and uneasy. They were waiting, waiting—they’d come here, they’d gotten drunk; where was their fun? Suddenly, bellows and shouts would erupt, even louder than the ambient tumult, and a swath of the crowd would swivel into concentricity, ranks of phones and high-end cameras centered on some tiny scrap of exposed, be-nippled skin.

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