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Women expose Violent Macho Culture with Camera Trap

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Exhibition of 81 Anti-Police T-Shirts..’Lotta Coppers..Little Fun’..

A Madrid  exhibition showed 81 photos of T-shirts with slogans and drawings against the police.

--Danger.. Police At Work--
–Danger.. Police At Work–
–Photos from the exhibition ‘La guerra de las camisetas’. .. (T-Shirt Wars)  by SANTI OCHOA

by Jose Durán Rodríguez        via Diagonal          translation The Free      original en castellano abajo           You have seen him many times with his camera on his shoulder in demos of recent years on the streets of Madrid. What’s more, if you wore a striking T-shirt with a  witty phrase or suggestive drawing, it’s likely you’ve been photographed yourself. His name is Santi Ochoa and he’s been doing it since 2003. In his file there are now more than 20,000 images of T-shirts.


From all of them, he selected 81 for this exhibition ‘La guerra de las camiseta’, (T-Shirt Wars),now finished, in the ABM Confecciones space, on Calle Encarnación González in Madrid. The idea occurred to him last year – “to make the exhibition just before the approval of the Gag Law,” explains Ochoa to Diagonal – but it is only now it has been carried out, motivated by ‘The Last Straw’..

''We Are Not Afrad'
‘We Are Not Afraid’

“After recent events, with the police storming a clothing store with slogans that incited, according to them, hatred or contempt for the Agents, I felt it in my own flesh and I decided to give a minimal response to that,” he recalls. He refers to the police Raid and seizure of abundant material (shirts, sweatshirts, caps) from the Bestiario Shop in Vallecas by the police in early October. Continue reading Exhibition of 81 Anti-Police T-Shirts..’Lotta Coppers..Little Fun’..



 Riots, Demonstrations, and Freeway Shutdowns Continue Into Third Night

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November 10, 2016

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Highway 87 in San Jose Shut Down by Anti-Trump Protesters

Highway 87 in San Jose, near Mineta San Jose International Airport, was shut down Thursday night when anti-Trump protesters chanting “Yes we can!” took over the freeway.

Global resistance against fascism, racism, homophobia, sexism & nationalism January 20, 2017. In DC & around the globe!

Video: thousands on Interstate 94, blocking traffic in protest of President-Elect Donald Trump

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Brazil Spring:. Who are the Boys and Girls occupying 961 Schools and Universities


By Joan Edesson de Oliveira / Portal Vermelho translation by TheFreeOnline

Students have now decided to occupy the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro against the PEC of Death Via CUCA da UNE:

: after a long assembly in the rectory building, 800 students who participated in the discussion decided to occupy the rectory building next Monday, 07 Nov. Other university campuses, such as the National Faculty of Law, Macaé and Praia Vermelha Are added to the occupation of the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences, the IFCS.brazil-spring

Estudantes ocupam 961 escolas e universidades 

They scatter through the streets, the schools, the universities. They are no longer content to wait for tomorrow, they do not just want, as Max Górki said, to have the face of tomorrow. They are thirsty for today, they are hungry for the now. Continue reading Brazil Spring:. Who are the Boys and Girls occupying 961 Schools and Universities

Prosfygika, Athens: Refugees and Squatters expel Nazis and Police

epeisodia-anteksousiaston-mat-prosfigika-aleksandras-670x400The Squatted Prosfygika are located on Alexandras Av., within close proximity to the Athens police headquarters and the courthouse on Degleri St., where the mega-trial against the Golden Dawn is currently takes place.

Early in the morning of October 31st, anti/riot police forces stormed the Prosfygika jointly with a large group of Nazis. Later on, comrades managed to repel the cops (in uniform and plainclothes), and heavy clashes ensued. Continue reading Prosfygika, Athens: Refugees and Squatters expel Nazis and Police

Last housing Occupation in Bologna has been evicted


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The eviction of the last remaining housing occupation in Bologna – around 100 people, 34
of them children, living in a building inVia Mario De Maria, in the working-class neighborhood of Bolognina – started at dawn on October 11.

The police and the carabinieri surrounded the block and raided the mariodemariabuilding, beating people and even using pepper spray, the residents say.

The newly elected council member for the housing emergency, Virginia Gieri, said that the residents “came out peacefully”, but the residents and witnesses say something different. One man passed out after he was beaten and another person was injured.

Gieri, a loyal follower of Renzi, was appointed to the delicate job of being in charge of the housing emergency in Bologna, after the last incumbent, Amelia Frascaroli, was considered to be too soft.

Renzi’s government is holding a line of absolute repression against housing occupations, and PD local authorities all over Italy are toeing this line, even in places – like Bologna – where the party claims to be more “tolerant” and to have a welfare-oriented tradition. Continue reading Last housing Occupation in Bologna has been evicted

Feminists face 18 months jail for Abortion Rights Demo in Church

absolution-accusede-pro-abortionb-demo”This is a continuous struggle…. the struggle for the right to abortion, is a continuation of the defence of the freedoms and rights of women. Our struggle, the feminist struggle today is a continuation of the last ten, fifteen, twenty or thirty years. It is completely linked”.

The attempt by the far right PP government to abolish abortion rights in Spain in 2014 ran into enormous women’s resistance. Feminist groups and networks sprang up like mushrooms with all kinds of  noisy and original resistance tactics.

As happened in Poland in Oct 2016 the government was forced to back down, and the interior minister, the notoriously arrogant and sexist Gallardón was forced to resign. In both cases the Catholic Church was behind the unpopular legislation. In Spain the church retains key political power (several ministers at the time were leaders of the Opus Dei sect), tax free status, huge subsidies and immense and growing property wealth.07f40e6e69fbe4704c949045e0f1de41e4fd4bdc

But the church has dwindling attendance among youth, perhaps due to the continuing pedophile scandals, as well as a long boycott by many adults who still remember the  impunity of Church collaboration in Francoist fascist atrocities and mass stealing and selling of babies.

In Spain, as in Poland and Ireland, the Catholic Church, as an out of touch, male-only ruled body, was defeated in enforcing their control over women’s bodies. This is an amazing hard won victory and a step forward (especially small but important in Poland).

But the Catholic Church will go on resisting every step of the way. This case in Majorca is a good example.  The Church demanded up to six years each for holding up a pro choice banner during a Mass, during the mobilizations in 2014 against the anti abortion law.

Finally the Roman Catholic Diocese of Majorca has cut the demanded penalty to a year and a half each for the feminists. The trial is now over and they await sentencing on October 20th.
Five of the six admitted taking part in the demo while a sixth was picked up in error and denies ever going to the Church of San Miguel on February 9, 2014, though she supports the demo..


The defense called for the acquittal claiming the demo  was a  legitimate act protected by freedom of expression and had not resulted in any injury to religious freedom

The lawyer José Luís, legal representative of feminists facing trial, said, “My defendants have said they did not know that at that time they were celebrating Mass.” and asked for an acquittal with fines, equivalent to 270 euros or alternatively to 22 days in prison.

Thus, it has been proven that five of the six facing trial participated in a protest that sought to denounce the moral role of the church in the controversial “Gallardón law.”

 On 20 October we will know whether organized feminism will win another battle in defense of the right of women to control our own bodies or, conversely,  the Catholic Church will reinforce their aims, which even in the XXI century, remain untouchable.

We will publish the result as an update HERE:


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El Bisbat de Mallorca rebaixa a un any i mig la petició de presó per a les feministes encausades

És una lluita contínua. La lluita que seguim reivindicant en relació a un avortament lliure i gratuït és una lluita contínua del moviment feminista de tota la història. Ja sigui amb la llei de divorci de la segona república, com ara, en el segle XXI, les lluites a favor del dret a l’avortament, són una continuació en defensa de les llibertats i drets de les dones.

La nostra lluita, la lluita feminista d’avui en dia, és una continuació de la de fa deu, quinze, vint o trenta anys. Està completament lligada. Si no fos gràcies a les dones dels anys 80 o d’abans, del segle XX o XIX, avui nosaltres no seríem aquí tampoc. Si no s’hagués aconseguit tot el que s’ha aconseguit fins ara, nosaltres no podríem continuar demanant més reconeixement als drets de les dones.

Cinc de les sis feministes encausades han acceptat haver participat dels fets, mentre que una última ha negat que acudís a l’Església de Sant Miquel aquell 9 de febrer de 2014     per SERGI FRAU

Les declaracions de les sis encausades

Durant la primera jornada de la vista oral, que tingué lloc aquest dijous i coincidí –irònicament o no– amb la celebració de Sant Miquel (sant que dóna nom a l’església on van posar els fets jutjats), van declarar les sis joves encausades.feminists

Totes elles varen contestar a les preguntes del seu advocat, Josep de Luís, i a les del tribunal, presidit per la magistrada Carmen González –coneguda per haver presidit el tribunal del mediàtic judici del cas Noós– i es van negar a contestar a les preguntes tant de la Fiscalia, representada per Rosa García, com de l’acusació particular, representada per l’advocat del Bisbat de Mallorca.

Les declaracions van posar sobre la taula aspectes rellevants com ara: el reconeixement de la participació en els fets de cinc de les sis encausades; la desconeixença que en aquell temple i a aquella hora se celebrava una missa; la manifestació de disculpes als feligresos que es poguessin haver sentit ofesos i destacà, sobretot, la declaració de Maria de Lluc Forteza, que afirmà –amb la confirmació de la resta d’encausades– que ella, tot i compartir les motivacions, no va participar en cap moment de la protesta feminista que tingué lloc aquell 9 de febrer de 2014 a la cèntrica església de la ciutat de Palma……. …

………Així doncs, ha quedat provat que cinc de les sis encausades varen participar en una protesta que pretenia denunciar el paper moral de l’església en la polèmica “Llei Gallardón”. De la mateixa manera, s’ha posat de manifest l’absència de cap tipus de violència.

En conclusió: el tribunal haurà de dirimir si entrar en grup a una església amb una pancarta i reivindicant un avortament lliure i gratuït mentre se celebra una missa constitueix un delicte o no. El 20 d’octubre sabrem si el feminisme organitzat guanya una altra batalla més en defensa del dret al propi cos o si, per contra, la guanya l’Església catòlica, que pretén, en ple segle XXI, seguir sent intocable.

full catalan article HERE…..

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