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Sept 11th Mosque Rally Photo Essay One

Chris Voss | I was traveling in New York and decided to attend the rally, I have not developed all my film, but here is the first roll. I was impressed (I live in Oakland, CA) how despite such a horrendous tragedy, new york can come together and see through their grief. What a great city. more...  3 Comments

Zapatista-Inspired Rally Held in New York City; Aims to Fight Gentrification

Paola Reyes | Over 120 people and 40 organizations participated in the Third Encounter for Dignity and Against Gentrification hosted by the Movement for Justice in el Barrio this past Sunday in East Harlem, New York. more...  4 Comments

Running Up That Hill (and Out of This Town): NYC Humiliates David Irving

Some Friendly NYC Antifa | Once we were alerted to the whereabouts of Irving's talk, hilariously booked at the Times Square Doubletree Hotel as "The Real History Conference," we activated our network of shadowy agents. A little reconnaissance goes a long way, and we quickly found the best route onto the sixth floor of the hotel. Once there, thirty pissed off anti-fascists rushed the door. Of course Irving and his protectors quickly closed and dead-bolted themselves inside, stranding both his personal assistant, Jaenelle Antas, as well as self-described "next Hitler" Alex Carmichael. more...  18 Comments

How David Irving Spent Friday the 13th

One People's Project | Friday the 13th doesn't always mean Jason is going to come out and slash you up. If you're Holocaust denier and Hitler apologist David Irving (that's starting to be his name around here) that might have been preferable to his New Jersey experience that day. Jersey doesn't like Nazis, and will do something about them when given the chance. That is probably why this was the first stop on his East Coast tour that Irving saw opposition. He held his speaking engagement at a Best Western in Pompton Plains, NJ, and antifa, who were told that another venue canceled him but went to check it out just to be sure, found out that the true location. If that wasn't bad enough, hackers zeroed in on his websites, giving antifa everywhere an early Holiday treat - information on all of his supporters. Today he is supposed to be in New York City, but he has to find another place there too. The original spot closed his doors to him once they learned who was coming his way. Antifa did good - damn good this evening, and even if you can't find what venue Irving duped into hosting him, you can most certainly now find a lot of the folks down with him. Works for us! David has his spin going on this one, saying, "We are puzzled that they (antifa) are so frightened by historical debate." Well, we are puzzled about you being puzzled, Dave. Debate can only be had when you have those you are debating in the same room with you, which you tried so hard to avoid and always do. This time it was in vain, and now a lot of you-know-what is going to hit the fan. See what happens when black (clad) cats cross your path on Friday the 13th, Dave? more...  56 Comments

Victory! Holocaust Revisionist Event Canceled in NYC!

New Yorkers Against David Irving | It wasn't difficult to figure out where David Irving, under a fictitious name, reserved space to spew his holocaust revisionism. And it didn't take too much explaining before the venue manager decided to cancel to event. Only a bigot would want this filth associated with their venue! more...  6 Comments

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

NYC Anarchist Black Cross Statement of Solidarity with Tortuga House

NYC Anarchist Black Cross | As functionaries of the state continue apace with a campaign of irritation and attempted repression, they are now focusing on the house of a recent G-20 arrestee. We firmly stand in solidarity with the recipients of this raid and support them as they defend themselves. more...  0 Comments

Venezuelan president meets with New York unionists

Hugo and General Joe | "Washington's plans in South America have failed, said the Venezuelan president. He told the workers that capitalism has failed and that while the Soviet Union fell apart, it was never a threat. The U.S. and European powers were the threat. "They fought against socialism," he said and pointed out that since its inception, the Soviet Union had gone through many wars and that "socialism got lost along the way."

"Imperialism fought against the workers' dream of building a new world," he said, "but "the only way to save the world is socialism. Obama talks change, change, change. Tell me how, within the framework of capitalism?"

Once the Soviet Union was gone, Chávez said, "The neoliberals were able to impose themselves." Neoliberal proposals became stronger and "the free market has messed everything up. What is labor flexibility for them becomes hungry children." more...  0 Comments

Letter to New York Times Journalist Simon Romero

Jed Brandt | Is your commitment to US imperialism and the entitled management of Latin America by its landed, commercial and military elites purely ideological, by heritage, or more traditionally mercenary? Did a sexy girl spurn you in youth for the campus Marxist poet and the superior entertainments of his fitted leather jacket, does it burn? more...  0 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

A Question Over Iran: Can the People Make History or Not?

By Mike Ely | The Kasama Project | There is a self-deceptive politics (among some leftists) that seeks to prettify all kinds of reactionary forces that (for one reason or another) are in opposition to U.S. imperialism — including Islamic reactionaries, Kim Jung Il, “hardline” revisionists of the Li Peng and Eric Honecker type and so on. And in the process they have a real, almost startling, hostility toward sections of the people who rise up in important if still-inarticulate ways. My sense is that such politics arise from a despair over actually developing our own revolutionary forces — and a resigned assumption that we have no other alternative but to fall behind any forces (ugly, oppressive, reactionary or not) who (one way or another) who seem to be on America’s shit list.

READ:  http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/a-question-over-iran-serve-the-people-or-not/

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NOAM CHOMSKY ADDRESSES THOUSANDS AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH

Jacquie Simone | Renowned leftist intellectual, linguist and author Noam Chomsky discussed democracy, the economy and global crises June 12 at Riverside Church in Harlem. more...  8 Comments

Press Release: Socialists Call for Swift Action to Combat Swine Flu Outbreak

Socialist Party USA, NYC Local | “Access to healthcare is no problem for a billionaire like Michael Bloomberg,” says Billy Wharton, Chairperson of the Socialist Party of New York State, “for the rest of us hospital visits mean facing medical bills and debt." more...  0 Comments

The Indypendent: "WBAI Showdown: Power Struggle Escalates"

John Tarleton / The Indypendent | By early April, the station had fallen $128,000 behind on rent for its office space at 120 Wall Street and owed another $75,000 in back payments for its transmitter atop the Empire State Building. According to Lavarn Williams, WBAI’s then General Manager Anthony Riddle renegotiated the lease with Silverstein Properties without notifying Pacifica’s national leadership. Riddle, the station’s fifth general manager in seven years, was removed from his position May 6. Under the revised agreement, Williams said WBAI (and by extension the Pacifica Foundation) faces making two rent payments totaling almost $60,000 in May, two more payments totaling $75,000 in June and two more rent payments by July 25 totaling $45,000 or be subject to immediate eviction if it misses a single payment.

The first check for $29,444.30 is due May 18 and another check for the same amount is due May 25.
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THIS IS WHAT SOLIDARITY LOOKS LIKE?

Gregory A. Butler, local 608 carpenter | Why are there two separate May Day rallies in New York City this Friday?

What is the reason for this division in the workers movement? more...  11 Comments

Horses, Stocks and Booze

Billy Wharton | Now, as the economic miracle of Wall Street has degenerated into a nightmare of zombie banks, state bailouts and toxic assets, Kate’s patrons are left to wrestle with a destruction of wealth so monumental that it swept away their stock market illusions. more...  0 Comments

Carl Davidson's Report for the Left Forum

Carl Davidson | New York City's annual 'Left Forum' this year was a solid success. Under the theme "Turning Points, it drew more than 2000 participants to Pace University April 17-19, to take part in some 200 panels featuring around 600 speakers.
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What's the Matter with the Left Forum

Steven Sherman | In its organizational structure and attitude, the Left Forum isolates itself from most social movements. But it also refuses to constitute itself as a living organization. Instead, the preference is to berate all existing forces and implore participants to somehow get their act together. Unless it shifts the way it does things, it risks irrelevance. more...  13 Comments

Twenty-Four Hour Protest Outside Zionist Organizations’ Office Draws Hundreds

Alex Kane | About 900 New York City Jews participated in a twenty-four hour protest outside the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency offices on 3rd Ave. between 40 and 41st St. in Manhattan, calling for justice for the Palestinian people and an end to the occupation of Palestine.

Related Coverage from NYC IMC: Related coverage from NYC IMC: Banner Drop Over Cross Bronx Expressway Continues Wave of Jewish Solidarity || The Indypendent Issue 131: Standing Together: Jewish, Muslim and Arab-American Activists Join In A Common Cause || NYCers Say Don't Break Palestinian Hearts on V-Day || U-Lock Justice for Palestine Says Fuck Bourgeois Parties Celebrating Massacre || New Yorkers, Boycott Israel Now! || ON MLK DAY, NYC JEWS CALL FOR ISRAEL TO HALT WAR CRIMES AGAINST PALESTINIANS || Thousands Line the Streets of 7th Avenue, Calling for an End to the Israeli Assault on Gaza more...  0 Comments

Statement from the Bronx Anarcho-Communist Alliance

BACA | These are volatile times. As we all know, on December 6th one of our comrades was shot and killed in Greece. Our brothers and sisters in Athens, Thessaloníki, Dimitrios and all around the country that claims to be "the birthplace of democracy" have shown the Greek government and the governments of the world what they will get if they continue to ignore the needs of the worker and continue to show us where their true allegiances lie by bailing out their friends: the banks and the corporations. The entire world is covered in gasoline, Greece is only where the first match was struck. more...  7 Comments

5 Disastrous Decisions That Got Us into This Economic Mess

Joseph Stiglitz | We are at a dangerous moment. Behind the debates about future economic policy is a debate about history.
Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate, is a professor of economics at Columbia University. more...  0 Comments

In this week's Socialist WebZine....

Socialist WebZine | * Debs and Tubman Win National Holiday Poll more...  2 Comments

DC rally: world warned of nuclear nightmare

Ahmar Mustikhan, Freelance Journalist | The American Friends of Baluchistan, a voice for peace in southwest Asia, expressed solidarity with the victims of Mumbai mayhem at a rally in Washington DC. It deplored Pakistan has refused to hand over the wanted terrorists. more...  0 Comments

Canada's 'socialist' NDP supports US Terror War in Afghanistan

NoDifferencePartyWorker | In a shocking betrayal of significant Canadian anti-war sentiment, the New Democratic Party has joined the pro-war Liberal party in a coalition party designed to unseat the ruling Conservative Party government of Stephen Harper.
The NDP is now in support of the US led War on Terror in Afghanistan. This shocking betrayal by a "left" party must not go unremarked or unprotested. This pro-war position must be reversed. Please email NDP Party leader Jack Layton with your protests:  layton.j@parl.gc.ca more...  1 Comments

A French Take On "Human Rights"

Thomas Riggins | French Foreign Minister Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Junking Human Rights (when necessary). more...  0 Comments

EMERGENCY NYC SOLIDARITY DEMO WITH CHICAGO FACTORY OCCUPIERS

Counterhegemonic | Stand in Solidarity with Chicago Factory Workers Occupying Their Factory Since Last Week, Demanding Vacation, Other Unpaid Wages more...  1 Comments

The Crisis

Bernd Drucke | The capitalist system does not make a mistake; it is the mistake. Capitalism is the problem. The solution would be an independent-socialist social order whose highest principles are mutual aid, respect for nature and a nonviolent rule-free humanly just world. more...  1 Comments

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