Reposted from indybay.org.
After more than a year in a Tel Aviv hospital, Bay Area activist and photo-journalist Tristan Anderson has returned home to California. Tristan was critically injured when he was shot in the head at close range with a metal high-velocity tear gas canister at the Israeli Separation Wall on March 13, 2009, while taking photos following a demonstration against the apartheid wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin. The shooting caused severe traumatic brain injury and blindness in his right eye. Tristan, 39 years old, has not yet regained the use of the left side of his body and faces a long period of cognitive and physical rehabilitation and remains in a wheelchair. However, in the last several months he has made significant strides forward, including regaining his ability to speak. His partner Gabby recently posted a detailed update on his condition on http://justicefortristan.org/ under health updates. He is currently staying at his family’s home in the Sierra foothills, and looking forward to reuniting with his extensive community in the Bay Area.
Reposted from Globalresearch.ca
By Tom Eley
May 13, 2010
On Tuesday, the US senate began hearings into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which took the lives of 11 workers in an April 20 explosion and has since poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the region with an environmental and economic catastrophe.
Reposted from justicefortristan.org.
1- Can he talk?
Yes, Tristan started talking in early December (shortly after he ripped out his tracheotomy tube).
2- What does he say? Does he know who he is?
Tristan knows who he is and he remembers his pre-injury life. He’s maintained a lot of specialized knowledge, he tells stories, he recognizes people in pictures, he sings his favorite songs, etc. His long term memory for life before the injury is generally excellent.
3- What does his voice sound like? Is there heavy slurring? Does he have trouble formulating language?
In the sunny spring of 2010 join us in celebration of the Red and the Green sides and herstories of May Day with our black flags hoisted high! We invite everyone from the anti-authoritarian community for an *all ages, *all body types, *family friendly gathering in the park.
Civil Disobedience to Hold BART Cop Tony Pirone Accountable
Early on New Year's Day 2009, Tony Pirone physically and verbally assaulted BART passengers Oscar Grant and his friends at the Fruitvale BART station. Tony Pirone then put his knee into Oscar Grant's neck, pressing him face down into the BART platform. Tony Pirone repeated the words "bitch ass nigger" at least twice just before fellow BART cop Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back. These facts were caught on videotape and have been known to BART and the Alameda County District Attorney's office ever since, yet Tony Pirone has not been fired, charged, or even disciplined for his role in the murder of Oscar Grant. Instead, he has been on full paid leave for over a year.