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Aug. 7, 2012 at 11:35pm

Moon Mountain

near to the full Moon of last week

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Apr. 7, 2010 at 11:04pm

The Mouth of the Puyallup River

Mouth of the Nisqually
The Mouth of the Puyallup River

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Apr. 7, 2010 at 9:14pm

Military Cargo

Stryker Vehicles Spotted Near JBLM

Does anyone know whether there is a shipment of Strykers being process at the Port of Tacoma? A train loaded with Strykers was spotted near Fort Lewis (JBLM) earlier today. Any information would be helpful so that protesters can respond to what many believe are the USA's inappropriate and wrongful policies of dominance and associated wars of aggression and control.

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Feb. 14, 2010 at 5:22am

Rally Against ICE Northwest Detention Center

No Mas Deportaciones! Justicia Ya!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tacoma, WA - People came from near and far (Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia, and Portland) for a rally against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The detention center is run for-profit, by The GEO Group Inc. According to the description on company's website:

GEO(NYSE: GGI) is an industry leader and pioneer in the privatization of correctional facilities throughout the world and is the largest publicly traded company engaged solely in the business of managing correctional and detention facilities. The company offers a comprehensive range of prison and correctional related services to federal, state, local and overseas government agencies.

Meanwhile, many people have complained about abuse in the prison, where many individuals, (the facility has capacity for over 1,000,) whom have not even been accused of committing any crimes, have been inhumanely detained for months, and in some cases for years, at a time (ref: http://www.hatefreezone.org/downloads/ExecutiveSummary.pdf .)

There is more to this story: much, much more. One participant in today's rally called the ICE facility "Guantanamo Northwest". Perhaps that was an exaggeration - but what the conditions are really like inside the prison are not well known by most people.

Another participant informed the assembled rallyers that prisoners in the facility are given pills to keep them calm.

Again, there is much, much more to this story. And certainly it is important to connect the issue of immigration and violations of human rights, with abusive international policies of socio-economic and political dominance and exploitation.

No One is Illegal, Bridges NOT Walls

- Berd


more photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock/sets/72157623306273119/

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