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National Days of Action for farmworkers; McDonalds picket planned for Pittsburgh
10/18/2006
On Saturday, October 14, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers left Immokalee, Florida on their way to McDonalds headquarters in Chicago, IL.  Joining with the farmworkers are the Alliance for Fair Food and the Student Farmworker Alliance, who have called for National Days of Action to take place the last weekend in October to support the farmworkers.

On Friday October 27th, 4pm, the local Student Farmworker Alliance will be at the Forbes Ave McDonalds in Oakland protesting to get one more penny per pound for tomato pickers in Florida (which would double their wages) as well as to end slavery and sweatshop conditions in the fields.

[ Read more on the local demonstration... | Rustbelt Radio Coverage | Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Student-Farmworker Alliance ]

Gov. Jeb Bush Hides from Activists in T-Station Supply Closet
10/09/2006
jeb bush On Friday, October 6, Florida Governor Jeb Bush was shown to a closet by Pittsburgh Port Authority Police as he attempted to escape the boos and jeers of activists en route to a fundraiser for PA Senator Rick Santorum. Bush was a scheduled speaker at the fundraiser.

[ read more | Rustbelt Radio coverage ]

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Rustbelt TV for Summer 2006!
08/27/2006
An all new Rustbelt TV, from Pittsburgh Indymedia, is now available online! Also broadcast on Pittsburgh Community Television, Rustbelt TV is produced in collaboration with Pittsburgh IMC's award-winning show Rustbelt Radio.

The new program features several segments from local indymedia producers, as well as some great segments from elsewhere in the Indymedia network. To get involved, contact: video@indypgh.org or call 412-923-3000

To watch Rustbelt TV online, go to http://video.indypgh.org

[ TV show contents and script ]

Individual Video Segments:
Again, we need your help to keep producing these programs.  E-mail video@indypgh.org or call 412-923-3000.
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In Braddock, Resistance to the Mon-Fayette Grows
07/26/2006
Spelled out vertically, in letters ten feet tall on Braddock Avenue on Friday July 21 was the message: NO M-F-X, no to the Mon-Fayette Expressway.  Standing on the opposite side of the street was the Mayor of Braddock as well as representatives of the many community groups opposed to the highway project and about 50 community members who had gathered earlier at the Mayor's Residence for the Goodbye Mon-Fayette party.

Much of the argument against the Mon-Fayette Expressway involves the expense of building a new toll road, especially in an area with such underfunded public transportation. Activists such as the Group Against Smog and Pollution, GASP, feel that the money is being put into road building instead of road maintenance.

Because the expressway will run through towns from Route 68 in West Virginia to Pennsylvania's Monongahela River Valley, the construction will call for the removal of homes, buildings, and natural surroundings that lie in the proposed path of the expressway. Many residents faced with these issues feel that the Mon-Fayette Expressway will do more to hurt them than to help.

[ Read more... | listen to a Rustbelt Radio interview with Braddock Mayor ]


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Protests, security and more at the All Star Game in Pittsburgh
07/19/2006
On Tuesday July 11th, Pittsburgh was home to the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star game. The city prepared for the influx of tourists and its place in the national spotlight by installing a 1 million dollar robotic video surveillance network for downtown and Oakland, purchasing new K-9 units, patrol cars, and crowd control equipment.  The city's Redd up Campaign involved boarding up abandoned buildings, removing graffiti, towing cars, cleaning up abandoned lots, and displacing homeless people from their normal gathering places on the North Side and Downtown.

Despite the increased security and police hostility towards demonstrations near the stadium, during the game Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance (PASCA) held a peaceful march and carnival to support the National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh and to demand that Major League Baseball eliminate the use of sweatshop labor in the production of its apparel and merchandise.

[ Photos from anti-sweatshop demonstration | anti-sweatshop protest video ]

[ Rustbelt Radio coverage (mp3 | ogg) | More on baseball from Sweatfree Communities ]

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