Growing resistance to Alaskan police killings

Polynesian community questions police policies after shooting deaths

Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch  | July 6, 2012

Their questions have sparked a rally set for Saturday, organized by a newly formed Anchorage nonprofit. The Polynesian Community Center, started June 25, is still in its infancy. But Executive Director Miriama Aumavae felt compelled to speak out against the recent fatal police shootings.

“I don’t like to sit still on certain things,” she said.

The University of Alaska Anchorage social work student had plans to keep the new center quiet until next year, when more funding was secured. But after the June 9 shooting death of Shane Tasi and the recent shooting of Harry Smith, she felt compelled to act.

The rally, scheduled for noon Saturday at the baseball fields in Far North Bicentennial Park, is billed as “One Voice. One Cause.” It’s open to “all concerned citizens,” not just the Polynesian community. One hope is to revise the Anchorage Police Department protocols on shooting to disarm instead of shooting to kill.

“A life is a life. Once you’re gone, you’re gone,” she said. “We need to put a plan together in case this happens again.” Continue reading

7 Greenpeace Activists Charged With Felonies in Anti-Drilling Protest

Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Greenpeace activists at the ship "Harvey Explorer" send a message to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar: " Salazar Ban Arctic Drilling" as part of the protest. The activists used oil from the spill to paint the message "Arctic Next?" on the bridge of the ship, which is scheduled to depart for Alaska for drilling operations in July.

by Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York

Yesterday, Greenpeace activists staged a protest to highlight the fact that even now, as federal authorities are helpless to stop millions of gallons oil from gushing out of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore drilling is scheduled to continue in Alaskan waters. Seven Greenpeace members boarded the very ship that’s heading north in July to oversee drilling operations, and wrote ‘Arctic Next’ on the hull in oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon. They’ve all been charged with felonies.

All seven have been slapped with the felony charges of Unauthorized Entry of a Critical Infrastructure and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. The protest was staged to coincide with the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s visit to Louisiana’s oil-impacted region to assess the damage. Continue reading