Monday, March 30 - 5pm

City Hall, 100 Holliday St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The Peoples Power Assembly will be joining with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - Greater Baltimore, FIST youth and many others to protest the city’s announcement that they intend to shut of water to 25,000 people. We say no shut offs; water is a human right!

Baltimore to send water turn-off notices to 25,000 delinquent customers

What happened tonight

The protest started around 8:15 PM, at park Emilie-Gamelin. The police tolerated the protest, as long as we didn’t break the law in any way. We walked around for maybe 45 minutes, with policemen by our sides, before coming into a halt. The police was blocking our way. We tried to turn around the corner and go in another street, but police cars quickly came in and blocked that street too. We turned around and headed back to where we came from. We walked around and blocked the circulation, walking next to cars while they were honking to show their support. Some drivers got out and filmed us. We kept on walking, until the police made an announcement that the demonstration was now illegal, and people started growning and booing, while helicopters flew nearby. We walked until the police tried to trap us at Place du Canada, which is just like a park. I saw people on the front line turning around and running away from the police, and we all ran across the park to avoid the police. We heard tear gas canisters in the distance. Policemen quickly realized what we were up to and where we were going, so they surrounded us again and threw tear gas. At this point, being only 2 meters away from the cops, I got into a corner store and along with a couple other protesters, we locked ourselves in. When we got out, people were gone, but we could still see helicopters in the sky. I left and took the subway at 9:30, and I have no idea what happened afterwards. I heard people screaming and I saw them running towards something, but that’s about it.
Fairly confident that people have been hurt, but I can’t confirm anything. I definitely saw protesters that had been pepper sprayed. I believe the protest was declared illegal because we blocked the traffic, but yet again, I’m not sure.

Here’s a quick reminder, as Quebec’s Health Minister Barrette has decided to limit access to abortions in the province.

The only tattoo I have is a red square. It symbolized the students strike of 2012 in Quebec, and we started wearing them again since a couple of weeks, as colleges and universities (including mine) are returning on strike against austerity.

Montreal cop points smoke grenade launcher point black at protester who is protesting education cuts (part of the government’s austerity plan. Cop is wearing stickers protesting cuts to his pension. (picture by Maxime Deland) (video)

Canadian police used tear gas and reportedly fired rubber bullets and sound bombs at hundreds of students protesting austerity measures at an anti-capitalist rally in Montreal. Thousands took to the streets on Tuesday to protest sweeping education cuts. (x)

Call it austerity or call it fiscal responsibility, the Quebec government’s overhaul of public spending has become the spark for what could be one of the most turbulent periods in the province’s recent history. […] In the school system, the cuts have translated into reduced course offerings, reduced library and laboratory hours and fewer support workers for students in need. (x)

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I’m fucking mad.

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Photos taken at a warehouse in Grangegorman where 30 people are living, and have created an incredible community, art space and garden. Some have been living there for a year and a half.
Two days ago the police arrived in the early morning in an illegal attempt to evict them. Residents were attacked, beaten, some seriously injured, some trapped in their homes and some trapped outside. They will be returning tomorrow, probably with eviction notices.
In Ireland, it’s more important that empty warehouses be empty than that the space be used creatively. Whatever the right or wrong, the life and the space that has been created here is incredible.

ewgetoffofme asked:

Sorry to bother you but i am from england and dont quite understand what is happening in frankfurt, could you please explain if it isnt too much bother?

The Blockupy protest in Frankfurt coincided with the official opening of the new building of the European Central Bank. The ECB is pretty much everything that’s wrong with the EU. It’s an enormously powerful, unelected and undemocratic group of bankers and ex-wall street people that sets much of the policy in the European Union. They are the driving force behind the terrible austerity policies in much of Europe that favour paying back loans to financial institutions to keeping a functioning, social society. In this time of Austerity, where they have been actively destroying people’s lives (in Greece for example following the austerity measures the number of suicides rose by almost 40%) the ECB has built a new head-office, costing 1.3 billion Euros.

So that’s what the protests are about. They are against capitalism, against the violence that is austerity and poverty and against the stranglehold of the financial institutions over what should be a democratic system.

Germania. La rabbia di Blockupy contro la Bce esplode a Francoforte

Guerriglia a Francoforte dove il movimento contro l’Austerity “Blockupy” ha portato migliaia di persone in piazza per contestare l’inaugurazione della nuova sede della Bce. Si parla di auto delle polizia date alle fiamme, tram, benzinai e negozi assaltati, e di almeno 350 persone arrestate. Eppure l’Ue non sembra minimamente rendersi conto di quanto il malcontento degli europei fermenti, con i media che preferiscono minimizzare a differenza di quanto fatto in altri scenari.  

Se le scene viste a Francoforte si fossero viste a Mosca probabilmente i giornali starebbero parlando di scontri gravissimi e di popolo in rivolta contro la dittatura. Se accade a Francoforte invece, probabilmente, viene derubricato come un fatto di ordine pubblico, come un gruppo di “teppisti” che hanno attentato alla pubblica sicurezza. Eppure a migliaia sono scesi in piazza a Francoforte, in Germania, per contestare aspramente l’inaugurazione della nuova sede della Bce, una istituzione mai come oggi sentita come distante e oppressiva dai cittadini europei, da Atene a Berlino.  Almeno in diecimila hanno deciso di ritrovarsi aderendo all’appello del movimento di Blockupy e ben presto si sono accesi scontri anche molto duri con la polizia terminati con almeno 350 arresti e diverse macchine della polizia date alle fiamme. Gli agenti di sicurezza hanno utilizzato anche gli idranti contro i manifestanti che, stando a quanto riportato dalle cronache, hanno assaltato anche tram e negozi. Difficile gestire la rabbia dei manifestanti che si sono radunati sin dalle prime luci dell’alba tutto intorno al grattacielo che diventerà la nuova sede della Bce. Sin dalle prime ore del giorno sono state create barricate in tutti gli incroci limitrofi, e al termine degli scontri si sono registrati alcuni feriti sia tra i manifestanti che tra gli agenti di polizia. Un vero e proprio scenario di guerriglia urbana che ha obbligato le istituzioni a chiudere una linea della metro e a fermare tutte le linee dei tram. Insomma, si tratta di una vera e propria contestazione in piena regola che però verrà come al solito trattata dai giornali come una questione di ordine pubblico, come un gruppo di teppisti che attacca la città, una vera e propria applicazione del “Doppio Standard” che invece li porta a parteggiare per i “rivoltosi” che si oppongono in altri paesi contro i governi considerati “sgraditi”. Quello che in troppi si rifiutano di comprendere è che il malcontento e il risentimento dei cittadini europei abbandonati dalle istituzioni e soprattutto privi di speranza nel futuro difficilmente si arresterà se le politiche spietate di austerity continueranno, come tutto lascia credere. Sopratutto la guerriglia di Francoforte dovrebbe anche mostrare come anche in Germania, il paese accusato di essere contrario alla fine dell’asuterity, stia germogliando una protesta sociale sempre più capillare e radicale nei confronti di un neoliberismo sempre più dal volto disumano che sta cercando di svuotare di significato le Costituzioni e le sovranità dei singoli paesi, portando anche a una omologazione del pensiero che rischia di diventare sempre più un pensiero unico.

What would you do to keep your baby from starving? Perhaps the same as Lucy Hill. At the start of October, the 35-year-old mother from Kidderminster was broke. After missing an interview at the jobcentre, her disability benefits had been stopped – which left her, her partner and her toddler of 18 months without anything to live on. So she went to the local Spar and stole a chicken and some soap powder.

Two weeks later, Hill was up before the magistrate. Her police interview noted that she said “sorry to the shop … but had no money … and was in a desperate situation”. She was ordered to pay compensation, a fine, costs and a surcharge: a total of over £200 to be taken off someone who’d only committed a crime because she had no money. Her solicitor John Rogers remembers that the mother’s chief worry was that the social services might  find out and take away her baby.

After running me through the details, Rogers sighs. Cases like this keep coming his way, he says: “They miss an appointment so their benefits are sanctioned [docked or stopped altogether], so they have no money, so they steal.” His local office now handles “at least half a dozen” such cases each month – up from almost nothing a year ago.

He’s just one lawyer in one post-industrial town, describing a national policy: of starving the poor into committing crime. Nothing is accidental about this regime.

anonymous asked:

Hey I'm just wondering what "austerity policies" means in the context of the Montreal protests? Could you explain the situation in lay mans terms?

Austerity definition: “a situation in which there is not much money and it is spent only on things that are necessary” And the necessary is decided by politicians not those affected by it.

That’s it.

I’m not from Quebec but from my understanding that to save money the Quebec government is slashing funding and public services. This has caused huge protests from unions, students, and everyone affected by the cuts. There’s been a string of protests.

This is from February but puts the situation in context (i.e. why people are protesting)

A coalition of community groups was formed to oppose the government’s austerity measures, which they say will slash education, health care, youth and other programs across the province.

“The message is that we don’t accept the program that the government wants to impose,” said Véronique Laflamme, spokeswoman for a group of 85 organizations opposed to fee hikes and the privatization of public services.

At least 50 direct actions — ranging from marches and flash mobs to protests in front of government offices and financial institutions — were planned for the “Week of Disruption,” she said.

“We want the government to stop governing for the top 1 per cent,” Laflamme added, calling the projected cuts a “fatal blow” to all Quebecers.

NIH: We could have developed a vaccine for Ebola if it weren't for 'budget cuts'

Oh the austerity!

As we recently reported, the left is officially blaming Republicans for the spread of Ebola. You know, sequester and such. It doesn’t matter that the NIH budget has nearly tripled since 2007, the NIH can’t possibly be expected to do its job with the paltry sum of $31 billion the taxpayers give it every year.

But let’s see what the NIH has spent some of that money on within the last couple of years (with links to sources):

  • $386,000 to massage rabbits
  • $3,200,000 to study drunk monkeys
  • $484,260 for studying the effect of hypnosis on hot flashes
  • $666,905 (pg 87) on how watching TV reruns might be good for you
  • $325,525 to conclude that wives would be happier if they could calm down faster after arguments with their husbands
  • $900,000 (pg 100) on a study determining that male fruit flies do indeed like female fruit flies
  • $548,731 (pg 127) on a study that suggests that heavy drinking in thirties is linked with immaturity
  • $702,558 on a study of the impact of televisions and gas generators on villages in Vietnam
  • $423,500 on why men don’t like to wear condoms
  • $1,500,000 to study why lesbians are overweight

In just a few minutes, I was able to find nearly $10 million of wasted NIH funds that could have gone toward the creation of an Ebola vaccine. But yeah, it was those draconian cuts that are the real culprit.

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Anti-austerity marches take over Quebec streets

Thousands of people stormed the streets in Montreal and Quebec City this past weekend to protest against austerity measures proposed by the Quebec national government.

The march was organized by Collectif refusons l’austérité, a group that includes several union and student movements such as L’ASSÉ and Centrale des syndicats du Quebec.

Around 100,000 Montreal protesters descended on the downtown streets, making their way to Place des Festivals from René-Levesque Boulevard.

The anti-austerity movement inspired its own hashtag on Twitter: #manif29nov.

"Austerity is the fruit of [Parli Liberal Quebecois] neoliberalism that doesn’t represent 30 per cent of us," tweeted Arlette Richer using the #manif29nov hashtag.

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