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New Yorkers Visit Max Brenner, Ricky's, Aroma Espresso Bar With Boycott Message

Adalah-NY | As the MV Rachel Corrie, the second half of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was towed into the Israeli port of Ashdod after another attempt to break Israel's siege on Gaza, 100 New Yorkers marched through the streets of Manhattan, south of Union Square. Heeding the Palestinian civil society call for intensifying boycott and sanctions against Israel in the wake of this week's Freedom Flotilla massacre,the marchers chanted, sang songs and performed poetry outside three locations targeted for boycott. more...  14 Comments

The Real Fashion Victims in New York

Diane Krauthamer | There are thousands of fashion victims in Manhattan, but these are not the victims of style that one typically imagines. They are the victims of the fashion industry: they are the low-wage workers who stock, sell, ring-up and protect fashionable clothing items which line the streets of Manhattan’s retail districts. Now, the workers are fighting back against stolen wages, unpaid overtime and hazardous conditions. more...  0 Comments

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

MOWING DOWN LABOR AT CENTRAL PAK

CMer | Events related to the change in the operating lease for central park "Tavern on the Green" clearly illustrates the dangerous course that the privatization of public space and its gentrification is taking, with outsourcing and franchising taking control at the expense of the common person and his or her rights. In Central Park, the labor rights of workers are being mowed down by a powerful, privileged and connected few. more...  0 Comments

The Heckler

Rev. Billy Talen | Three weeks to go to the election. Last night I interrupted Mike Bloomberg’s opening statement in the debate. Three words into his first sentence I stood up, inhaled, and let out a preacher’s wail, the summit of years of loud practice. My words must have been whole. Every person on stage was frozen in an open-mouthed snapshot of surprise.
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It's Our Democracy, Stupid!

Rev. Billy Talen | The only issue is Democracy and all the other issues become important after we’ve talked out our facts and our positions in a democratic way. That’s because we are citizens, not consumers. more...  5 Comments

New York’s Consumerism

Rev. Billy Talen | Mike Bloomberg’s persona is so comically a demonstration of Consumerism, that his illegal grab for another term and his spending $100 million on it – making the Mayorality one big product that he is buying - gives us the chance to demonstrate in unforgettable fashion how our Democracy needs to resist Consumerism. Let’s preach!
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Photo: Workers Rally at Scoop

Andrew Hinderaker | Workers and their supporters rallied at Scoop in SoHo demanding unpaid wages. more...  0 Comments

Local-lujah!

Rev. Billy Talen | Our intuition tells us that naked neighbors dancing as Mermaids down Surf Avenue is the best defense against the developers’ visions of Coney Mall… more...  1 Comments

New Yorkers Suffer Under Private Electric Company

Zelig Stern | Con Edison is a clear example that the mentality of “privatization and deregulation” has to go. Since it consolidated its private monopoly of power distribution, it has not operated in order to provide New Yorker’s with the electricity they need at a reasonable price or to provide its workers with a decent salary and benefits. Instead, Con Edison operates with the good of its shareholders in mind. As a result, New Yorkers are scraping to pay their bills, employees are losing benefits, and the public is being endangered, while executives and stockholders’ wealth is on the rise. more...  0 Comments

Taking it Beneath the Streets: Reverend Billy Campaigns on the F Train

Jacob Scheier | Mayoral Green Party candidate Billy Talen, better known as Reverend Billy, took his gospel of an affordable, neighborhood friendly New York City under ground this past Thursday. That is, in an performance-action entitled “F the Fare Hike,” Talen rode the F train from Broadway-Lafayette Street station to Jamaica Street in Queens to Coney Island, preaching all the while against the recently announced public transportation fare hike, and criticizing the tactics of his mayoral race rival, incumbent Michael Bloomberg. more...  14 Comments

The Church of Stop Bloomberg

Jacob Scheier | It’s hard to imagine someone as different from New York’s current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, as performance-activist William Talen (a.k.a. Reverend Billy), who recently announced his mayoral candidacy on the Green Party ticket. more...  5 Comments

A Taste for Change: Brooklyn Food Conference Organizers Step up to the Plate

Aron Guy | In many areas of Brooklyn, you can get a cheeseburger at 2 a.m. but you have to get on a bus to buy a head of lettuce. For Park Slope resident Nancy Romer, this is not acceptable. more...  1 Comments

Anarchist Forum: Peter Lamborn Wilson's 2008 Chaos Day 12/16, 7pm

LBC |
The History of Money since Sumeria to its
Apotheosis as Pure Imagination in the 21st Century more...  1 Comments

"This cop who did it must see what it is to kill a kid and to destroy a life."

emiliano | Amazing how different we are from other people in the world. In the US, teenagers are killed in cold blood every few weeks by police, and only minimal outcry is ever voiced, and usually it is from activists rather than the general public. We have become so totally jaded, consumed with our possessions, immersed in a sea of digits signifying the (ever more imaginary and precarious) financial wealth accredited to each of us, lost in our iPhones, boxed away for shipment in our SUVs, that the many deaths at the hands of the US government at home and abroad as well as the infinite harm we inflict on the world, well, we just don't notice it.

For perspective, here's a quote from the streets of Athens:

"Rage is what I feel for what has happened, rage," said one protesting student. "This cop who did it must see what it is to kill a kid and to destroy a life." more...  1 Comments

Noted Italian Restaurant Group Drops Wild Edibles Over Workers' Rights Abuses

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Frank Restaurants Demonstrate Support for Sustainable and Humane Food System

Noted Italian Eateries in the East Village Stop Serving Wild Edibles Seafood Over Workers' Rights Concerns more...  0 Comments

Rights advocates protest “Diamonds & Champagne” cocktail at Leviev’s store

Adalah-NY | New York human rights advocates protested this evening at the Madison Avenue jewelry store of Israeli billionaire and settlement mogul Lev Leviev where the elite, online social group “A Small World” held a cocktail party to "Buck the Recession with Champagne & Diamonds." Ten protesters chanted and banged drums on the street in front of the store despite the rain and cold, and despite an aggressive, but failed attempt by the NYPD to move them down the street from the store.
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Rent-A-Center Protests Continue in Queens; 2 Arrested

Aron Guy | Councilman Eric Gioia and other religious and community leaders gathered outside a Rent-A-Center on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens to denounce the destabilizing influence of rent-to-own businesses in low-income communities. Activist Taharka Robinson urged the passage of Assembly Bill 66, which would provide more consumer protection in the rent-to-own industry. Robinson and activist Kirsten Foy were arrested in an act of civil disobedience. more...  1 Comments

Hold Wal-Mart Accountable for its Part in Workers' Death

Brandworkers International | Shoppers are reportedly being investigated regarding their role in this incident.

Wal-Mart should also be investigated, specifcally under criminally negligent homicide law and reckless endangerment law, among other laws. more...  0 Comments

Lets Unite to Change Peak Oil, Resource Depletion, and Over Population

Frank Gifford | There is an amazing momentum of exploitation by the United States. Peak Oil, Resource Depletion, Climate Change, and Over Population. These problems really are imminently solvable, but only if we are able to perceive them as problems. Entropy Pawsed and Peace Communities are working to unite people to help to solve these problems. more...  0 Comments

Bed-Stuy Community and Religious Leaders Protest at Rent-A-Center as NYPD Arrests Two

Aron Guy | Community leaders in Bed-Stuy protested in front of two different Rent-a-Centers on Friday. Rent-a-Center's rent-to-own business model results in customers paying two or three times the retail price for an item. more...  5 Comments

Wal-Mart's Recklessness Leads to Tragic Trampling Death on Black Friday

Brandworkers International | Wal-Mart's failure to properly prepare for the busiest shopping day of the year has cost a worker his life. more...  1 Comments

A Marxist Look at Capitalism’s Global Meltdown.

Freedom Socialist Party | What caused Wall Street’s collapse and how can we fight bailouts, foreclosures and layoffs? Come hear what socialist feminist and union activist Susan Williams has to say about the crisis and why “spreading the wealth” is an idea whose time has come.
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See "Killer at Large" at the Times Center with Chevy Chase

ShineBox MP | The award-winning film, Killer at Large, is being premiered in New York at a screening where Chevy Chase will be honored for his involvement in curbing childhood obesity. more...  0 Comments

The Age of Austerity Dawns

Jurgen Kronig | The burst bubble of the New Economy should have been understood as a warning. Then as today, wishful thinking and greed blocked the view to reality. Recessions offer a period of welcome recovery. Losing the hectic turbo-capitalism is not really a great loss. more...  0 Comments

Election Night Photos, Brooklyn, Union Square, Times Square

Alex Nathanson | Celebrating Obama's victory, some danced, others sold condoms. more...  5 Comments

What you need during the Police State

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Meltdown in Paradise: Hawaiian Aspects of the Wall Street Disaster

Counterhegemonic | An old Hawaiian proverb states “O ka makapo wale no ka mea hapapa i ka pouli” (only the blind gropes in the darkness). more...  0 Comments

5TH ANNUAL REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th

In Our Hearts | The Really Free Market is an open-air bazaar and celebration, where we discard capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange. The 5th Annual Really Really Free Market will be held on Sunday, October 26th at St. Mark's Church (2nd Avenue between 10th and 11th), from 3pm until 11pm. more...  0 Comments

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