- Tomorrow’s May Day! To show solidarity with working class and immigrants’ struggles, folks will rally and march through downtown.
- The Oregon House yesterday passed two laws specifically targeting those who protest logging: the first would make it a crime specifically to do so, and the second would make protesters liable to be sued for damages by industries who feel they were harmed. Both bills head to the Senate.
- Op-ed by Kari Koch in Truth-out about armed security posted up in the Northeast home of the Austins, a family who had been fighting foreclosure by Freddie Mac and were evicted by Multnomah County Sheriffs and Portland police in January.
- An interview with persecuted Russian anarchist art group Voina speaking from prison, with some photos that are, as they say… not safe for work.
- 35 people were arrested yesterday in Winona, Minn., after they walked onto a commercial dock and a frac sands site to protest the large-scale removal of sand deposits that are used in hydraulic fracturing natural gas-extraction, or “fracking.” The midwest is experiencing what environmental groups compare to mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, with hills being exploded to remove the sand inside.
- Around 40 members of military medical staff have arrived at the indefinite detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in order to respond to the hunger strike in which conservative estimates put 100 out of 166 prisoners refusing food. Detainees have been force-fed by the military since the strike began. Lt. Col. Samuel House, the gulag’s spokesman said that they treat prisoners “humanely.”
- Florida is considering a law to speed up executions in the state, denying what it deems “frivolous” appeals by death row prisoners. Classy.
- Former Pakistan dictator Pervez Musharraf is barred from running for office for life by the country’s Supreme Court, members of which he imprisoned under house arrest during his rule. Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March to run for re-election; instead, he was arrested.