| In what is being called a "patriotic" gesture, major television news broadcasters have agreed to edit communiqués from Al Quaeda and Osama bin Laden. During a conference call with network executives on October 11, National Security Advisor Condaleeza Rice urged the networks to cut and edit bin Laden's statements because he does not deserve air time for "spewing propaganda." The networks capitulated. This is the first time major news organizations have so openly decided to edit information collectively, at the behest of a government official. A similar request was made to top newspaper editors. Overall mainstream media organizations are reporting a unprecedented lockdown on information from the government.more... 0 Comments
| New Yorkers call to rebuild the Memorial at Union Square tonight, one month after the fateful attacks. Due to the apparent NYC Park’s policy of taking down the beautiful artwork, candles, and flowers brought and visited by thousands of people daily, a few New Yorkers have begun to collect certain items from the memorial each night, replacing them after the NYC Parks does their clean-up. Possibly thousands will assemble tonight to reassemble an alter for peace dialogue and understanding in the memory of the missing and killed. People will be bringing candles, artwork, and flowers. Park Commissioner Stern still could not be reached for comment. For info from NYC Parks try 1-800-407-PARK.
| President Bush announced at 1 p.m. today that bombing of Afghanistan had begun in retaliation for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Early news reports indicated three Afghan cities, Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad, had been bombed by U.S. and British forces. (See Map)U.S. critics fear military intervention could result in a near genocide of Afghan refugees and political unrest in Pakistan.
In a national address Bush predicted the campaign against terrorists would last months. Afghan officials quickly characterized the bombings as terrorist attacks.
In New York, several thousand anti-war protesters marched from Union Square to Times Square in a rally organized by the New York Not In Our Name coalition. Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolpho Perez Esquivel and Maired Maguire addressed the crowd from Times Square. Listen to the speeches on Democracy Now!, and see photos   of the rally.
Protests were also announced today in Washington D.C., Seattle, San Francisco and other cities.
"The response of the US and its allies should not be driven by a blind desire for vengeance, but rather the renewed determination to work for a peaceful and just world,” the Nobel laureates said prior to Sunday’s bombing. Read a local anarchist's view of the anti-war efforts.more... 0 Comments
| 9.11 listens to the voices of New York City in mourning, a city coming to terms with the aftermath of events on September 11th and the potential violence of a protracted war. NYC residents respond to the tragedy with spontaneous memorials, public sites of grief and discourse where the transformation of mourning into a mobilization for peace and justice begin to emerge. 9.11 culminates with the first NYC peace march as the voices of the emergent peace movement begins to coalesce with broader globalization movement seeking economic and social justice. 9.11 offers initial critical perspectives of U.S. policy leading up to the World Trade Center attack, necessary to constructing an informed and rationalized response. The video also documents the media treatment and racial backlash against Arab-Americans and how those communities are responding
| Eight days after the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history, an anti-war movement has emerged in New York and cities around the world, calling for justice without war, to protest the Bush Administration's plan for the first war of the 21st century.
Several large anti-war rallies are scheduled in New York this weekend followed by a pair of anti-war marches in Washington D.C. during the weekend of Sept. 29.
Civil Liberties advocates have warned that a war has also begun at home. On Monday, New York Legislature -- with almost no debate -- passed the strictest anti-terrorism laws in the nation. In Washington, on Tuesday, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced major changes to immigration policy. Existing regulations allowed the INS to hold legal immigrants for questioning for no more than 24 hours before being charged. Now during times of emergency, immigrants could be held indefinitely.
The U.S. Congress is expected to soon begin debate on a series of anti-terrorism and immigrant laws including one that could allow the deportation of immigrants simply for the suspicion of being a terrorist.
Critics of the sweepings laws fear that non-violent activist groups such as the Direct Action Network and Reclaim the Streets will also be labeled as "terrorist" organizations by officials. On the anti-globalization front, the Mobilization For Global Justice has called off plans to host massive protests in D.C. in late September against the IMF and World Bank. And opponents to the Free Trade Area of the Americas also fear that Congress will grant President Bush fast-track authority.more... 0 Comments
| Several thousand mourners, largely peace supporters, gathered Friday night in Union Square for the city's largest vigil since the catastrophic attack on the World Trade Center. Proposed plans to send tens of thousands of ground troops into Afghanistan were widely criticized as activists warned such an invasion would lead to another Vietnam War.
A collection of categorized links:
Across the nation similar vigils were held as part of a national day of mourning.
On Friday, President Bush also visited the bomb scene for the first time and vowed to "rid the world of evil." In Washington, the Senate authorized Bush to order troops to battle and 35,000 to 50,000 military reserves were called up. Questions also arose if U.S. intelligence agents misread or ignored warnings of the attacks.
Following the identification of the terrorist suspects, reports of anti-Arab violence increased in the area. On Friday, plans to firebomb the Brooklyn Islamic Center in Bensonhurst were foiled only after police saw a man carrying a bottle containing a gas-soaked rag. Earlier in the week a Long Island man tried to run over a Pakistani woman in a parking lot and threatened to kill her.
Vigils in Union Square and elsewhere are expected to continue throughout the weekend. Numerous fundraisers and collection drives for the victims of the horrific event continue.
| In the wake of the collapse of the Twin Towers in Manhattan, families are desperately going from hospital to morgue, searching for information about missing loved ones, as those in solidarity hold candlelight vigils all over the city.
However, some Americans are expressing their rage by verbally and physically assaulting anyone thought to be Muslim or from the Middle East. Israel is capitalizing on this tragedy by further repressing the Palestinian population, despite denials of any involvement.
While the corporate media continues to provide detailed accounts of the tragedy and relief efforts, they fail to ask tough questions about how or why this may have happened. But activists and independent journalists are taking creative measures to get people to think about other possible perspectives.
Officials remain tight-lipped about the death toll, saying it will take weeks to tally. Nonetheless, it’s thought that perhaps 20,000 people perished in the Twin Towers disaster, and up to 800 in the Pentagon attack, making this the single bloodiest incident in U.S. history.
Rescue workers are continuing the search for survivors, and the grim task of cleaning up the rubble and recovering bodies. The realization is starting to sink in that the world has been turned upside down. All air traffic remains grounded. The stock market will remain closed for almost a week – the longest hiatus since the Great Depression.
The streets of Manhattan remain eerily bereft of people and traffic, but the air is full of asbestos as dust clouds drift north. The silence is punctuated only by the sirens of emergency vehicles rushing about. Mayor Rudy Giuliani maintains the city is open for business, but many commuters are still too afraid to venture back into the city, but doing all they can to help a city still in disbelief.more... 0 Comments
| New York City is in a state of shock because both World Trade Center towers have been hit by hijacked airplanes and subsequently collapsed. In Washington, D.C., the Pentagon was hit with another hijacked plane , and all major federal buildings were evacuated. Los Angeles and Chicago also evacuated their tall buildings, and sports events across the country were cancelled. At this point, four planes are confirmed to have been hijacked. The fourth plane crashed in Shankville, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh.
At around 5pm, the building at 7 World Trade Center collapsed due to structural failure. This had been anticipated, and the building had been evacuated. A bit later, there were reports of fires and explosions of ammunition drops in Kabul, Afganistan, but the United States disclaimed any responsibility.
President Bush spoke to the country around 9pm, denounced the hijackings and crashes, and he pledged to track down those who planned them. Mayor Giuliani, Governor Pataki and Senator Clinton had all spoken out earlier to New Yorkers about the tragedy, on broadcasts mostly emanating from backup locations in New Jersey: the Twin Towers had supported the primary antennae of most New York-based TV stations. No-one is trying to estimate the casualities yet, other than the passengers on the various planes and at the Pentagon. The NYC Primary was postponed, bridges and tunnels are mostly still closed, and all U.S. air traffic has been grounded until at least noon on Wednesday. Aircraft carriers have been sent to the NY Harbor and Chesapeake Bay from Virginia, and military aircraft (F-15s) were sent from Syracuse and McGuire Air Force Bases to patrol NYC, reportedly carrying air-to-air missiles.
Newswire Commentary / Analysis
D.C. Independent Media Center reporters on the scene at the Pentagon say things are calm but smoke continues to bellow from the building into neighboring areas. "The scene on the ground was calm but kind of agitated," said videographer Brian Long. [video of Pentagon burning] "They were evacuating all of the people so there were throngs of people moving. There was a lot of smoke. There was a massive plume of smoke that was spreading into Crystal City."for more information about the Pentagon crash, please see DC-IMC more... 0 Comments
| One month after over 200,000 critics of corporate globalization descended upon Genoa, Italy to make their views known to the "G8," leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful countries, the political fallout from the demonstrations still remains unclear. Genoa marked the first time an anti-globalization protester was killed in the Global North, although scores of demonstrators have been killed protesting in countries in the southern hemisphere.
| About 30 people picketted while others handed out flyers in front of the Italian Consulate Friday evening in response to the shooting of a protestor at the G8 summit. The picket in New York City was organized Friday by the NYC Direct Action Network (DAN). They are planning another picket for Monday at 4:30 pm, also at the Consulate (690 Park Avenue and 68th Street).
| After threats that Vieques activists would be barred from the Puerto Rican Day Parade, activists took part in the annual celebration Sunday condemning U.S. Naval use of Vieques. See Photos. The parade attracted upwards of 2 million people. En Español
| At 9:00 a.m. on Monday, 18 irate WBAI (99.5 FM) listeners marched into the station's studio to read a statement on air demanding a reversal of the sharp, rightward political turn and selective censorship of programming, as well as an end to attacks on workers' rights. An Indymedia reporter covering the event was allegedly assaulted by WBAI staffer Paul DiRienzo, who later compared the Indymedia and Save Pacifica movements to those who kill abortion doctors. Listen here. Read a report from 2600.com on the protest. For the latest on WBAI's recently concluded fund drive, read here.
| On Sunday, June 3 in New York City's Bryant Park, the New York Civil Liberties Union held its 7th annual anti-death penalty rally. The State has six prisoners on death row; speakers included prisoners recently exonerated.
On Mayday, 6 young people were arrested at New York City's Mayday March for Worker's Rights, with several charges, including violating the Anti-Mask laws. The Marchwas organized by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants. It started at Union Square, with several stops around the city, including the union-busting deli East Natural and the Garment District. It was dispersed abruptly by police at the IMF/World Bank offices at 2nd Ave. Several people were harassed at the March by NYPD officers, including an IMC cameraman and an organizer for the march. Some activists who were arrested were eventually released, according to the People's Law Collective.more... 0 Comments
| As the corporation-state's mass media networks churn out misinformation, Indymedia will be providing a voice for a diverse group of people mobilizing across the hemisphere against the FTAA and Summit of the Americas. Extensive IMC coverage is listed at indymedia.org/ftaa. Audio, video, photos and written accounts of the news as it happens will continue to be updated.
In a stunning turn of events, last Thursday, the National Congress of Mexico invited the leadership of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) to meet and discuss the San Andrés accords (the implementation of the accords, which were passed but vetoed by former President Ernesto Zedillo, is a key Zapatista demand). The vote that approved the resolution that called for the initiation of a dialogue with the EZLN was extremely close (220 in favor and 210 against). Because the approval of the resolution and subsequent invitation was given to the Zapatistas during what was supposed to be their last event in Mexico City - a mass rally and speaking event in front of the Federal Congressional buildings on March 22 - the offer was announced in a dramatic fashion, as subcommandante Marcos told the large crowd the breaking news between the speeches of the commandancia of the EZLN. A thunderous response followed the announcement, as the crowd roared with delight at the surprising turn of events.
Although the manner in which Marcos broke the news implied that the Zapatistas would accept the invitation, the official announcement came later in the evening, undoubtedly because of the need for the commandancia to meet and discuss the invitation (More: see IMC Chiapas for ongoing updates about the address to the National Congress by the EZLN). Despite the mainstream media's inability to comprehend as much, Marcos acts as a spokesperson and not as the lone decision maker of the General Command of the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee (CCRI-CG), which is comprised by 23 commandancia who represent an array of indigenous ethnic groups. The CCRI-CG leads the EZLN, while important political decisions remain in the hands of the 38 autonomous indigenous communities who comprise the civilian base of the Zapatistas.
The surprise invitation and its subsequent acceptance reversed an earlier decision by the EZLN to leave the distrito federal on Friday, March 23 (Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and resides in the Federal District).
Last week, on Tuesday, March 20, President Fox had asked the Zapatistas to talk with him and promised to meet more of their demands to resume negotiations. Fox specifically declared that the three bases the Zapatistas are demanding to be disbanded would immediately transform their operations to only include social work functions. The following day, however, Marcos had announced at a mass rally at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), attended by over 60,000 people, that such declarations were only declarations and had not been carried out (this was also iterated in a press conference before the event).
The Chiapas-IMC reported that the federal military proceeded in deismantling its military base in Río Euseba. There are still two of seven key miltary bases - La Garrucha and Guadalupe Tepeyac - that the EZLN has demanded to be dismantled (in total, over 250 remain) before they re-enter peace negotiations with the President.
Fox also had stated that he hoped that the Zapatistas would be able to talk to the National Congress before they left, despite the fact that the leader of his own political party in the Senate, Diego Fernández de Cevallos, seemingly wanted nothing to do with the Zapatistas on their terms. Such reluctance explains why the invitation was a surprise and most likely came about only as a result of the significant amount of public pressure the Zapatistas have applied during and after the Zapatista caravan, where mass rallies have been continually held (read below for more info on the Zapatista caravan or see our additional feature page for more comprehensive coverage and links).
[Watch the Big Noise Tactical / Chiapas Media Project production "Storm from the Mountain" part 1 and part 2 about the caravan and it's implications. Part 1 features footage of the caravan and interviews about related issues, while part 2 features additional interviews and footage of the event at the Zócalo.]
Meanwhile in Chiapas, ranchers, paramilitares and anti-zapatistas protested in San Cristóbal de las Casas demanding the expulsion of foreigners and creating a generally hostile environment. In light of this, it is unsurprising to find reports that have revealed renewed police and military harrasment in Chiapas.
On Sunday, March 11, over 200,000 people flocked to the Zócalo in Mexico City to welcome the 23 commanders of the EZLN (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) and subcomandante Marcos.
The March 11 addresses by the commandancia culminated a two-week, 12-state caravan through southern and middle Mexico, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to hear their message of peace, hope and dignity for the indigenous cultures of Mexico, while resisting the neoliberalist economic pressures of globalization. It still remains to be seen now whether the newly elected Mexican president from the opposition party, Vicente Fox, will pressure his congress to ratify the San Andrés accords included in the Indigenous Rights bill, or follow through on the promise he made earlier this week to meet the other two demands the EZLN have for resuming peace talks -- freeing all remaining Zaptista political prisoners in Mexico and removing an additional 2 military bases in Chiapas (read a NYC-IMC article about the San Cristóbal demonstration that initially voiced the Zapatistas´ "three signals").
| On January 20, 2001, more than 20,000 people from across the country converged in D.C. to oppose the coronation of George W. Bush in the largest counter-inaugural protest since Nixon's '72 re-election.
| On Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at approximately 8:35AM EST, during an unscheduled "Report to the Listener" program, Utrice Leid issued what she, in her own words, termed an "edict," which will restrict producers and staffers at WBAI from making any mention of internal station issues on the air. She did not discuss what measures would be taken if her edict is ignored. According to at least one caller, she has yet to respond to calls for explaination of her actions during the "Christmas Coup" at WBAI, instead blaming the struggle (in part) on producers and staffers for being racist. Read more...
NEW VIDEO:Save Pacifica Video
| About twenty thousand protestors gathered in DC on January 20th to protest the beginning of a new administration. Thousands of signs mocked George 'Dubya' Bush, the incoming US president, along the parade route and at scattered protest areas from Freedom Plaza to DuPont Circle, Stanton Park, and more.
One bold action by anarchists replaced a US flag along the parade route with a red flag, a black flag, and an upside-down American flag (a symbol of distress). Other actions involved throwing oranges to symbolize the missing Florida votes and using one's body to display a message (signs were somewhat restricted along the bleacher-lined parade route).
Notice: This is a beta site. Limited features only until upgrade is complete. more...
(c) Independent Media Center. All content is free for reprint and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere, for non-commercial use, unless otherwise noted by author. IMC not for content (expand this). more...
imc-nyc at lists.indymedia.org |