- The management of KBOO, Portland’s community radio station, is on the verge of firing long-time staff in an effort to completely reorganize the station. The station’s manager, Lynn Fitch, has repeatedly ignored staff’s attempt to organize with a union. A special KBOO membership meeting has been called for May 4, when staff hopes membership can reach quorum and override the station’s board.
- The Mexican town of Chéran, in Michoacan state, is celebrating its second anniversary as an autonomous space. After years of illegal logging of their forests and violence from the criminal backers of the loggers, residents of Chéran set up blockades and repelled loggers, police and other gunmen until they won the right to govern their town based on indigenous practices. So happy anniversary, Chéran. The fight isn’t over, but y’all are an inspiration.
- Hundreds of fast food workers walked off the job in Chicago today, mirroring a similar strike in New York City earlier this month.
- Here’s a short reportback from the Olympia anarchist convergence last weekend, which was interrupted when participants got into a confrontation with a perpetually-trolling blogger and threw his camera out a window, prompting a police response.
- Racist violence is on the rise in Greece, according to a new report. It highlights the far-right turn Greece has taken with the rise in popularity of neo-fascist party Golden Dawn and the backlash resulting from the country’s financial collapse being directed towards immigrants. Of 154 reports of racially-motivated violence recorded by the report, 25 were perpetrated by police.
- A building housing garment factories in Bangladesh has collapsed, killing nearly 100 people. Last year a fire at a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed 117. Bangladesh boasts a $20 billion garment industry, with major buyers including Wal-Mart and Sears.
- In Guatamala, the genocide trial of former U.S.-backed dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, has been annulled by the country’s supreme court. Also in Guatamala, indigenous environmental activist Pedro Daniel Mateo was kidnapped and found dead. His body showed signs of torture.
- New York City anarchist Jerry Koch has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, in a repeat of events which saw him summoned before the secretive prosecutorial body in 2009.