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Bloomington’s Black Lives Matter marched into the city council chambers on Wednesday March 29 in response to the Bloomington Police Department’s plans to purchase an armored Lenco Bearcat Assault Vehicle . The city council meeting ended early, and all but three council members left the building as the march arrived. Volan, Piedmont-Smith, and Ruff stayed to talk to the crowd of protestors. Black Lives Matter organizers said they would shut down every city council meeting until the purchase decision is revoked.
The protestors cited information from their recently published “Bloomington People’s Report” on the armored vehicle, hosted at https://bloomingtonpeoplesreport.weebly.com/
from Earth First! Newswire:
On the morning of Thursday Nov. 9th, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Division of Forestry sold the timber rights to 299 acres of the Yellowwood State Forest Back Country Areas that are some of the oldest and most diverse in the state. Nearly 2000 trees were sold to Hamilton Logging, who have a long history of shady business practices and timber theft.
Despite over 200 people showing up to protest the sale, months of organizing against the planned logging, and a recent protest encampment being established on private property adjacent to the public land to be logged, the DNR insisted on selling another piece of some of the most wild and beautiful land in the state – for a mere $108,000.
So during the weekend following the sale, we painted hundreds of additional trees to match those the DNR had marked for removal in two of three tracts on the chopping block. We did this to obscure the trees Hamilton Logging bought, and to force the DNR Division of Forestry to redo the work of marking these tracts, thus delaying when logging can start.
We understand there is a risk that these additional trees could be cut down, but only if the DNR Division of Forestry and Hamilton Logging show unprecedented, intentional negligence, by letting a group of pranksters mark the trees for them. Logging all currently-marked trees would be a violation of the contract between the two parties, which only includes the trees the DNR chose to mark, not the hundreds more we marked with identical paint and markings. We hope that by painting these additional trees we can stop them from taking any of them – or at least slow them down.
To other defenders of Yellowwood: there are many more trees left untouched. All it takes it red or blue marking paint, and some careful navigation. We wish you luck and look forward to all the other creative and inspiring ways you’ll think of to protect the land.
Night Owl Paint and Exteriors
From Where the River Frowns:
August 29, 2017:
Evansville residents gathered tonight outside the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building to hold a vigil for Ricky Ard who was murdered earlier today by police.
Approximately sixty people attended the spontaneous vigil, which was organized by word of mouth and social media. Although no centralized group took responsibility for organizing the event, the group appeared unified in their message that Ard’s murder was unjustified.
Poster at the vigil reads “Rest In Power Ricky Ard 8.29.2017” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
Attendees lit candles, wrote messages in chalk on the sidewalk, talked about their experiences with police brutality, and exchanged contact information throughout the night.
Those who knew Ard shared stories about him. A woman who said she had known Ard her whole life said that he was a good neighbor and a kind man who often helped out elderly people in their neighborhood. She also said that he was physically disabled and suffered from some kind of mental illness.
Another Evansville resident who recently retired from the military shared his experiences as an Iraq War veteran. He said that his “rules of engagement” during active combat in Iraq were more restrictive than those followed by the Evansville Police Department and that, had he been confronted by a man swinging a baseball bat in Iraq, he would have been expected to use non-lethal means of disarming him.
One woman demanded that police release body camera footage of the shooting and led the group in chanting “show me the body cam!”
Those present at the vigil discussed meeting up tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. outside the federal building for a rally in protest of Ricky Ard’s murder.
Sidewalk chalk outside the federal building reads “Bat vs 2 Guns = Excessive Force” (Photo: Where the River Frowns).
Sidewalk chalk outside the federal building calls attention to police murders across the U.S. this year (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
Poster taped to a light post outside the federal building reads “Show me the body cam” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
Poster taped to a post outside the federal building reads “E is NOT for everyone. RIP Ricky Ard” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
Reposted from It’s Going Down:
As a small, anonymous gesture of complicity, we hung two banners to honor June 11, day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. These banners are on the main north/south roads into and out of Bloomington. No matter how long he is held at FMC Carswell or in any other cage, we will make sure Marius isn’t forgotten here, especially given the vital role he played in defending the land and building a community of resistance in our region.
Monday, May 1
Campus Feeder March
Sample Gates starting at 5:30 PM
Bring the migrant strike to IU, confronting the politicians in Indy who passed SB 423, the sanctuary campus ban! At a time of increasing state racism, we must defend university autonomy against those who would interfere with higher education in the name of discrimination.
Courthouse Square at 6:30 PM
Movimiento Cosecha has organized a call to action for International Labor Day May 1st, for migrant workers and their supporters to refuse to work, go to school, or make purchases on this day. In solidarity with this movement, we are holding a campus rally at Sample Gates, which will culminate in a march to join the greater Bloomington community rally for A Day Without
Our struggles on campus are not isolated from those of our general
community. In solidarity with the migrant strike, we will not go to work, we will not go to school, and we will not buy. We must push back against the looming threat of the Muslim ban, cuts to the social wage, and ICE holds in the local jail.
The march from Sample Gates to the courthouse will be accessible. If possible, please wear red or a red bandana all day to show support for the migrant strike!
Movimiento Cosecha :
Bloomington Immigrants Rights/Derechos Inmigrantes Rally:
Printable poster: MayDay11x17
Printable handbills: MayDay_8x11handbill