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Protest January 10th:
On Friday, January 10th at 12:00 noon there will be a protest at Loyola and Girod against mandatory registration and detention of persons from targeted "suspicious" countries. This event is in solidarity with a protest being held on the same day across the country.

Solidarity With Immigrants Under Attack: Demonstrate!
Fri., Jan. 10 at 8

Jan. 10 is the next deadline from the INS for fingerprinting and interviews for so-called "visitors" from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen. We just saw with Iranians and others in December, that mass detentions occurred for specious "visa irregularities" by people in the process of achieving permanent resident status.

These new so-called "national security" regulations have nothing to do with combating terrorism. Instead, they serve to demonize immigrants and particularly those from predominantly Muslim countries. They're part of a concerted campaign by the government to promote an atmosphere of fear, division and repression. They're connected to the drive toward war with Iraq as part of Bush's program, supported by Democrats as well, of an "endless war against terrorism." Just as "weapons of mass destruction" are only a pretext for a war for U.S. domination over regions and resources, "terrorism" is a pretext for stigmatizing immigrant workers as scapegoats for a deepening economic crisis within the US. War and repression are manifestations of
the deepening class and colonial war within the US itself as well as globally; the state has billions for war and repression while driving thousands into hunger and homelessness, slashing healthcare, education and jobs. The US has done this before, importing and then deporting workers from Mexico with Operation Bracero and Operation Wetback, and from Eastern Europe during the World War I era "Red Scare." Chinese were imported and then "excluded" by KKK-influenced immigration laws. Japanese Americans were illegally interned during World War II.

We cannot allow the government to divide us or intimidate us at this moment, nor can we rely on conventional political methods like petitioning our elected reps to act. They have acted, and legalized all these measures of military aggression and political repression. The time is now for concerted direct action that builds solidarity and courage. The parallels to the rise of fascism in Europe, reflected in the comments of Rev. Neimoller in Germany -- "First they came for the communists and I did nothing, because I wasn't a communist" -- are very strong. Today they are coming for the immigrants first. Just as the people of Denmark, under Nazi occupation, responded to a call from their king to put on yellow Jewish "Stars of David" when the Nazis ordered Danish Jews to where such yellow stars, people in the U.S. need to step up against this repression.

On January 10, let a thousand voices proclaim "I am Spartacus" to the demands of the new Empire, as the rebel slaves did to the demands of the Roman Empire.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 8pm - Shim Sham Club
FLICKER is back... Jan. 11. All new films for an all new year! Give Jim Beam a rest and cozy up to the screen with a shot of Bailey's.

Food Not Bombs New Orleans

FNB New Orleans started roughly 5 years ago and had been serving free, cooked meals to those in need for almost the entire time. This year we have opted to take a new approach, and get away from charity so much and more into empowering communities. That is why we are now doing produce giveaways in a neighborhood, so people from that neighborhood have a time and place to meet and communicate with each other, as well as get some free produce so they don't have to spend so much money on food. Our ultimate goal is to try and get people from the community to start doing it themselves and move on to a new community. We do the giveaway:

When: Sunday Mornings from 11am-2pm

Where: Corner of Jeff Davis and Canal St., on the median ground:

To help out come by during the giveaway and pick up some food and tell whoever is there you'd like to help. Right now we especially need people to come and pick up the produce and bring it to the giveaway location, and people to do flyering for it. Get in touch with us to help out or for more information email Paul or call him at 314-9593.



don't fear death
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)


wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World



Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

Have a Happy Day! :)

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