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Rally for Justice for the Central Park Five

by Amadi Ajamu | Without any physical evidence, the NYPD and the District Attorney's office, namely fiction crime writer Linda Fairstein, railroaded five young boys to further their own careers. They spent a total of forty years in prison. more...  2 Comments

Police Raid 13 Thames Art Space, arresting members of Anarchist Media Collective

I AM Collective | On April 13 in Brooklyn NY, the NYPD entered without a warrant 13 Thames Art Space, a Bushwick based art and performance space where members of the Independent Anarchist Media (I AM) Collective have been organizing the Fourth Annual NYC Anarchist Film Festival in honor of Brad Will. Read More || DC-IMC feature with pics

Film Fest Is on Police Radar, Anarchists Say || Streaming video via YouTube || Download mpeg4 video file, 3mb. more...  15 Comments

Bloomberg’s Dilemma: What if the Numbers Don’t Work?

Billy Wharton | Whether it is policing or educational testing, political policy cannot be made by numbers alone. And statistics cannot be used to justify the level of violence that was unleashed on African-American and Latino communities in this city in the 1990s. The names of the victims remain with us – Baez, Diallo, Dorismond, Louima and many more – and so to do the policing strategies that produced them.
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Workers Call on Starbucks to Honor Dr. King with March and Rally

Industrial Workers of the World (NYC GMB) | The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) branch here held a march and rally at Starbucks to call on the corporation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday commemorating his birth. The Starbucks Workers Union of the IWW is demanding that Starbucks pay a holiday premium to baristas who work on MLK Day just as the Seattle-based chain does for five other federal holidays. more...  0 Comments

Nine arrested at sit-in targeting Sen. Schumer

Laurie Wen & Katie Robbins | On Monday Senator Schumer (NY) announced his support for an expansion of Medicare to those 55 years old and older. Activists say this is not enough. The Mobilization for Healthcare Now launched another wave of protests in its campaign demanding a national single-payer system in the US. On Thursday December 10th, demonstrations occurred at the office buildings housing Senators offices in 16 states. Not including today 35 sit-ins have been organized in a two month period. Video is available at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mZY0JwTfM more...  6 Comments

Coalition Details Hebron Fund's Connections to Extremism before Citi Field Event

Adalah-NY | One day before the Hebron Fund's controversial fundraising dinner at the New York Mets' Citi Field, a coalition of civil rights and peace organizations released new details about extremist statements by individuals associated with the Hebron Fund, and about its fundraising for illegal purposes. The statements were made by Yossi Baumol, the Executive Director of the Hebron Fund, Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish settlers in Hebron, and Noam Arnon, an honoree at the upcoming dinner. Other examples of racist, violent and illegal activities supported by the Hebron Fund were included in a November 3rd letter to the Mets.

Related Story from Adalah: New Yorkers Tell Baseball Commish: 'Strike Out Israeli Settlements!' more...  2 Comments

Lynne Stewart: Heroic Human Rights Lawyer Jailed

Stephen Lendman | The US criminal justice system failed this heroic woman more...  17 Comments

The Arrest and Torture of Syed Hashmi in New York City

Angola 3 News | Angola 3 News interviews Jeanne Theoharis, the author of an April, 2009 article in The Nation, entitled “Guantanamo At Home,” which focuses on the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of US citizen Syed Hashmi Metropolitan Correctional Center in a New York City. As Hashmi's December 1 trial date looms, supports have been holding weekly vigils. For more information on NYC activism, please visit www.freefahad.com and www.educatorsforcivilliberties.org. more...  0 Comments

New Yorkers Tell Baseball Commish: 'Strike Out Israeli Settlements!'

Adalah-NY | Over fifty human rights advocates gathered outside the office of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in midtown Manhattan at lunch time today to demand that he prevent the New York Mets from hosting a Citi Field fundraiser for a Jewish group that supports violence and racism against Palestinians. The protest came two weeks after eleven organizations sent a letter to the Mets and Commissioner Selig asking them to cancel the event for the Hebron Fund at the Caesars Club, which is located directly above the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field. The groups said that the event would “taint” the Mets and Major League Baseball’s commitment to diversity and equality, and insult the memory of Jackie Robinson.
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Who's Gonna Run This (Nazi Out Of) Town?!?

New Yorkers Against David Irving | David Irving is a notorious pro-Nazi history writer. He has made repeated anti-Semitic, Holocaust Denial and racist statements over the years, including that "no document whatsoever indicating the Holocaust occurred" has been found, and "the holocaust of the Germans of Dresden was real. The holocaust of the Jews in the Auschwitz gas chambers is a fabrication." Although he has retreated from some of these statements, Irving has continued to blame Jews for what the Nazis did to them; he attempts to minimize the scope of the Holocaust; and he publicly praises Adolf Hitler. more...  12 Comments

Say NO to Leviev & Imprisonment of Palestinian Activists - Demo 10/17

Adalah-NY | A few weeks ago, Mohammad Othman, a boycott campaigner from Jayyous and longtime activist against the wall, was detained and imprisoned by the Israeli forces on his way back into Palestine. He is the first activist arrested for his activism around BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS) against Israel. Join The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) and Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East for a protest at the Leviev store. Stand with the villages of Jayyous & Bil'in to say no to Leviev's settlements and Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian boycott activists. more...  0 Comments

Stefan Bradley's "Harlem vs. Columbia University" book: A Review

bobf | A review of new book about Harlem community's historic resistance to Columbia University's institutional racism and landgrabbing policies. more...  0 Comments

Homeless Advocates Arrested

Alex Kane | Nine people were arrested this afternoon by the New York Police Department after occupying a vacant lot for over six hours to press their demand that the city use vacant property to house the homeless. more...  16 Comments

Open Letter to the Labor Research Association: Don't Honor Israeli Apartheid

Michael Letwin, NYCLAW | As discussed below, "TULIP," initiated by Stuart Appelbaum, is a "progressive" mouthpiece for the Histadrut, the Zionist labor federation that has spearheaded -- and whitewashed -- apartheid, dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians since the 1920s. more...  9 Comments

Unbinding Pregnant Inmates

Jacquie Simone | A July 9 rally, organized by the Correctional Association of New York, New York Civil Liberties Union and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH), was held outside Governor Paterson's NYC office in support of state anti-shackling legislation (S.1290-A/A. 3373-A). The bill would ban the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery and limit the use of restraints during transportation to and from hospitals in New York. The demonstrators are hopeful that Paterson will sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by the New York State Senate and overwhelmingly by the state Assembly in May. more...  0 Comments

Viva Palestina: Convoy Prepares to Head for Rafah

Soozy Duncan | After days of gathering supplies and last-minute organizing in Cairo, the Viva Palestina U.S. convoy is beginning to mobilize. This morning 87 members of the caravan traveled to pick up 47 never-used trucks which will be loaded with medical aid to be brought into Gaza. The remaining half of the delegation will re-join the drivers near the Egyptian border before all cross together through Rafah.

Update: From the NYC IMC News wire || Dispatch from Soozy Duncan of the Indypendent || Viva Palestina Website || Al-Awda NY Blog more...  0 Comments

Grand Jury Convened to Investigate Times Square Bike Bombing

anonymous | A Federal Grand Jury has convened in New York City, New York. It is believed this grand jury is part of a federal investigation into the bombing of the Times Square military recruitment center on March 6, 2008. more...  3 Comments

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