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05/07/01: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL DEMONSTATION ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 12 IN SAN FRANCISCO

STOP THE EXECUTION! OVERTURN THE CONVICTION! FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!

Saturday, May 12, San Francisco
Assemble: 10:30 am, Mission Dolores Park, 18th & Dolores (four blocks from 16th & Mission BART station)
Mass rally: 1 pm, Civic Center Plaza, Polk & Grove (near Civic Center BART station)

Peace & Freedom Party contingent will meet near 18th & Dolores Streets beginning at 10 a.m. Look for our banners: "Free All Political Prisoners" and "Justice is Our Right!". Volunteers needed to leaflet and register voters.
Info: 415-437-5501

BUS AND CARPOOL INFORMATION FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:
San Diego: 619-692-4422
UC Irvine: Joanna Baker, 562-433-2276 (e-mail: <bubbagumpshrimp@hotmail.com>)
UCLA: Paul McKim, 310-824-1905
LA International Action Center: 213-487-2368

For information and to get leaflets and/or posters, contact:
The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal 415-695-7745
alerts@freemumia.org
http://freemumia.org


05/01/01: Quebec City Update: The Battle Continues For Those Arrested During The FTAA Proests

Quebec Police report 463 arrests in total throughout the FTAA protests. On Wednesday April 25th, the Quebec Legal Collective announced that 1 woman and 29 men still remained in custody at Prison d`Orsainville. However, this figure did not include the untold number who had been unable to contact the outside. One former prisoner recalled being silenced by police when he attempted to share the legal hotline information with a fellow activist. Authorities released approximately 200 people between Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th; that many were freed with no charges pending constitutes strong evidence of illegal arrests.

Accounts of physical abuse and intimidation tactics by the police are rampant. Prior to their arrival at the prison, many demonstrators were held for long hours in buses with no access to restrooms and limited availability of food and water. Authorities refused to accommodate prisoners' dietary restrictions. Medical treatment was often unavailable; activists frequently had to agitate before guards administered proper care. Men were stripped naked in groups and sprayed with cold water to decontaminate from tear gas. Menstruating women were reportedly denied tampons and pads. Four to six prisoners were contained in single occupancy cells.

Some individuals recalled being awakened in the middle of the night to interrogations by "intelligence personnel." These officials, who appeared to have U.S. accents, questioned the prisoners on their political affiliations. In one case, an American woman was confronted with previous charges committed as a juvenile that had been supposedly sealed in her record. Members of the Quebec Legal Collective observed FBI agents' signatures in the jail's sign-in book.

At least one protester plans to launch a class action lawsuit against the police for brutality. One of several incidents occurred after authorities denied the woman access to an attorney. When she began chanting in protest, six riot police suddenly pinned her to the ground. As they dragged her across the jail courtyard, the woman's sweatpants slid down. She was left half-naked as the guards had failed to supply her with underwear. These events took place in front of several Summit of the Americas employees who were present in the yard. Police later dropped the woman's charges, likely in an attempt to stem the repercussions of their misconduct.

Across the board, both charges and the corresponding penalties were administered in a decidedly arbitrary fashion. One man who was freed without charges mentioned that his friend, who had been standing next to him when arrested, remained incarcerated on substantial bail. In another instance, the police designated a demonstrator's drumsticks as parts of an explosive device. When authorities raided a free food station, they took one man into custody for simply inquiring about the return of pans and food supplies. Jaggi Singh, a well-known spokesperson for the Anti-Capitalistic Convergence (CLAC), has been denied bail and will potentially remain in custody until his trial, which could be several months away. Officers specifically targeted men, as reflected in the arrest ratio. On Monday night, only 17 of the remaining 253 prisoners were women.

Massive amounts of confusion reigned over the release proceedings. In some cases, police processed and received bail from activists, but then failed to release them. Officials closed the bail window unexpectedly early on Tuesday. Bail generally ranged from $100-500, with the majority fixed at $300. There are reports of intentional mishandling of people after release. In several instances, freed demonstrators were dropped off at distant locations across the city, which directly contradicted the addresses given to supporters.

Activists have been conducting solidarity actions both inside and outside the prison. At one point, approximately 30 prisoners were refusing to provide their names; a number of these individuals participated in a hunger strike. From the weekend onwards, an average of 50 people maintained a solidarity vigil in front of the prison, chanting their support and serving warm meals to the recently released. 10,000 students at 3 colleges in Montreal held a general strike, refusing to go to classes in solidarity with the prisoners. On Wednesday afternoon, CLAC/CASA sponsored a demonstration calling for the activists' release.

Legal fund donations can be sent to Quebec Legal Defence, 1615 Bernard, Outremont, Quebec H2V 1X2; visit quebec2001.org for further details.




04/03/01: BLACK KALI MA CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR

Black Kali Ma regrets that it must cancel its Spring European tour. The band hopes that it'll soon get a chance to play in front of you all.




03/27/01: FTAA SUMMIT April 20-22; BE INFORMED!

If You Thought NAFTA Spelled Trouble

On April 20-22 in Quebec City, Canada, leaders of thirty-four nations will meet to further the ratification of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), set for completion before 2005. If implemented, FTAA policies, a more extreme version of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will spread the latter's devastating effects throughout the Americas, further broadening the disparities between rich and poor and destroying the environment, as corporate interests continue to take precedence above all else. An array of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), unions, grassroots groups, and concerned individuals have united to contest FTAA's decidedly undemocratic process and its intended goals. Broad coalitions are planning massive demonstrations in Quebec City during the April convention, as well as solidarity actions along both US/Canadian and US/Mexican borders, and throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

For more information visit: www.stopftaa.org or www.sf.indymedia.org/ftaa




03/15/01: NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED - ATR vs DKs
A notice of appeal has been filed in the matter of Dead Kennedys v. Biafra, and attorneys for Mr. Biafra are working to prepare the trial record on appeal
Stay tuned for updates as they unfold.


02/14/01: THE PATTERN Joins the A.T.R. roster....

The Pattern "Wet Circuit City"7" is out now!

The Pattern have joined the A.T.R. roster! If you like super high energy rock and roll, this new 7" from these Oakland all stars is for you. Ex-members from The Peechees, St. James Infirmary, Nuisance and Talk is Poison have joined up to bring you one of the hottest new sounds around. A throw back to 60's beat, R&B and all out rock.




02/14/01: HALF JAPANESE Now On LP FORMAT!....

Half Japanese Limited Edition LP out now. That's right folks, the new amazing Half Japanese album "Hello" is now out on LP format. We only made 1,000 of these babies so take a look at the store page and pick one up before they are gone!




01/31/01: PACHINKO TO TOUR EAST COAST AND EUROPE

PACHINKO who released their latest album Splendor In The Ass II; Electric Boogaloo at the end of 1999 have announced that they will tour the East Coast in July and are planning on going back to Europe in October.

They are working on their new album tentatively entitled Chilidog featuring the standout hit Donkeypunch.




01/25/01: WINSTON SMITH ART OPENING IN FEBRUARY

The Culture Cache Gallery presents:
No Turning Back; New Obscentities and Relics From The Vault
Opening: February 3, 7-11 pm
Culture Cache Gallery
731 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 642 2360 www.culturecache.com

The exhibition runs from February 1- 28




01/19/01: AT ORDERED TO STOP SELLING DKs

Today our lawyer informed us that neither Mordam Records - Alternative Tentacles' distributor - nor Alternative Tentacles' mailorder could continue selling Dead Kennedy records anymore, upholding a recent court ruling. (Both Mordam and AT can still sell Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables LP/CD/MC (virus 001) as well as DK shirts and the 7" Nazi Punks Fuck Off (virus 006) will not be affected by this ruling. (that is, we can still sell 'em) It is not clear when, or even if these titles will be available in the near future.




01/16/01: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES ANNOUNCES SXSW SHOWCASE

For the second year in a row we have decided to have a label showcase. This year's should be a great one. You are probably well aware of most of the bands. Of note this year is the much anticipated return of Victim's Family who split up in the early 90's and turned into Saturn's Flea Collar and then the Hellworms. Well now they are back! (new drummer, but still Larry and Ralph.) Also to debut at SXSW this year will be new signing, The Pattern whose debut single Wet Circuit City comes out at the end of February.

MARCH 16, 2001 ROOM 710 710 RED RIVER AUSTIN, TX

Our line up is confirmed:

WESLEY WILLIS
JAD FAIR & JASON WILLETT
VICTIMS FAMILY
BLACK KALI MA
SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB
THE PATTERN

Also, other bands whose records we've released will also be playing this year's SXSW: The Causey Way, Dead And Gone, and Thrall.




01/01/00: Teen Gives Up Smoking Pot After Seeing Parents High
DEDHAM, MA—Elyssa Schuster, 16, swore Monday that she will never again experiment with marijuana after coming home to "obviously baked" parents Harold and Judy Saturday night. "I used to think smoking pot made you look cool, but, boy, was I wrong," Schuster said. "Dad got all paranoid about the mortgage rate while Mom spent an hour giggling about how dusty the ceiling fan was. It was so sad and depressing." Schuster said she was thankful to be scared straight before she made a fool of herself again.


01/01/98: Internet Collapses Under Sheer Weight of Baby Pictures
SAN FRANCISCO—Many web users were trapped without service Monday, when a large section of the Internet collapsed under the weight of the millions of baby pictures posted online. "Some personal web pages contain literally hundreds of adorable infant photos," MCI senior vice-president Vinton Cerffe said. "Add to that the number of precious pumpkins on photo-sharing sites like Ophoto.com, and anyone can see it was a recipe for disaster. The Internet simply was not designed to support so much parental pride." Cerffe said he expects regular web-traffic flow to resume once the nation's larger Internet providers are reinforced with stronger cuteness-bearing servers.


12/31/69: Hearing on Media Consolidation With FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

Monday, May 12th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Shield Room, Caleruega Hall, Dominican University of California, San Rafael.

Congresswoman Woolsey and Commissioner Copps invite you to a discussion on proposed new FCC rules which would lift limits on media ownership and enable large conglomerates to own multiple broadcast outlets and newspapers in local markets. This important issue will affect how all of us receive news, information and entertainment.

Panelists: Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley; Peter Phillips, Ph.D., Project Censored, Sonoma State University; Kim Spencer, President, Worldlink TV; Roger Grossman, Publisher, Marin Independent Journal; John Burgess, General Manager, KFTY Channel 50. Public testimony will follow the panel.

Parking is available at Conlon Recreation Center on Grand Avenue with signs to the Caleruega Hall on Magnolia. For a campus map and directions, go to www.dominican.edu.




12/31/69: Hearing on Media Consolidation With FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

Monday, May 12th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Shield Room, Caleruega Hall, Dominican University of California, San Rafael.

Congresswoman Woolsey and Commissioner Copps invite you to a discussion on proposed new FCC rules which would lift limits on media ownership and enable large conglomerates to own multiple broadcast outlets and newspapers in local markets. This important issue will affect how all of us receive news, information and entertainment.

Panelists: Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, U.C. Berkeley; Peter Phillips, Ph.D., Project Censored, Sonoma State University; Kim Spencer, President, Worldlink TV; Roger Grossman, Publisher, Marin Independent Journal; John Burgess, General Manager, KFTY Channel 50. Public testimony will follow the panel.

Parking is available at Conlon Recreation Center on Grand Avenue with signs to the Caleruega Hall on Magnolia. For a campus map and directions, go to www.dominican.edu.




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