Pioneertown, created out of high desert dust as an on-location Western movie town for the likes of Gene Autry and the Cisco Kid in the 1940s, is under siege! The home of the Sunday afternoon shootout reenactment, complete with “Amazing Grace” may never be the same. The fire blazes on with minimal containment — and pray it doesn’t threaten Joshua Tree NP.
In the first civil case challenging U.S. detention policies in Iraq, an Iranian-American filmmaker who was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib and other facilities for 55 days without charge sued Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking military officials.
Cyrus Kar, 45, of Los Feliz, alleges that his detention violated his civil rights, the law of nations and the Geneva Convention.
source: L.A. Times.
Now how about some justice? Amnesty has this report on detention under the American occupation in Iraq, in which at least four Americans in addition to Kar have been also held without charge.
Here’s a video recap of the May 1 rally and march down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, focusing on the We Are America Coalition’s role in organizing, patrolling, and participating. The event drew an estimated 400,000 people and was capped off by a rally at La Brea and Wilshire which included an optimistic address from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa….
Charging up all multimedia apparati for what promises to be a historic May Day rally for immigration rights, reform and solidarity in Los Angeles.
I have added some key links to the sidebar of Immigration Outpost, including the new L.A. Times ‘Borderline‘ blog. Check it out. more to follow.