Joseph Nevins, New American Media | As families celebrate Father’s Day, consider the case of Roxroy Salmon. The father of four U.S.-born children, Salmon has lived in the United States for more than 30 years. Yet the Department of Homeland Security now threatens to deport him to Jamaica, a country where he has not resided for decades, due to minor drug convictions from more than 19 years ago for which he served no time. This would effectively deny his children their father by permanently exiling him from his family and their common homeland. more... 1 Comments
Stanley W. Rogouski | About 300 people gathered at the UN to show their solidarity for the anti-government protesters in Iran. more... 3 Comments
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.
Iran: What fraud? | The first thing to make clear about the Iranian election is that the U.S. and other imperialist states have no right to intervene. The media here are now filled with moralizing, even racist scolding of Iran over the election results. Who are they to act so hoity-toity? Remember George W. Bush’s open theft of the 2000 election in Florida? more... 1 Comments
Team Fun | Photos and Audio of the Take Back WBAI rally, June 17, 2009 more... 14 Comments
Tom Wetzel (repost from Znet blog) | I was prompted to write this by Paul D'Amato's two recent articles in Socialist Worker criticizing anarchism ( http://socialistworker.org/2009/02/27/refusing-to-be-ruled-over), and ( http://socialistworker.org/2009/03/06/marxist-view-of-the-state) but this will also give me the opportunity to provide an explanation of some basic social anarchist ideas. I take it that social or Left-anarchism and libertarian socialism are the same thing. Thus I use the phrases "social anarchism" and "libertarian socialism" interchangeably. more... 0 Comments
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
Movement for Justice in El Barrio | This past Sunday, June 7th, 2009 in zapatista East Harlem known as El Barrio, the Second New York City Encuentro for Dignity and Against Displacement, with the participation of 38 organizations representing the resistance against neoliberalism in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. This second encuentro, just as the first one – held two years ago -, was inspired by the encuentros of the Zapatistas in Mexico from below and to the left, in order to get know each other and recognize one another in our struggles for a world where many worlds fit and against neoliberal exclusion.
Press release by activists (photos by Jb) | Activists charge Schumer with complicity in the murder of dozens of indigenous Peruvians killed over the weekend in a wave of repression against indigenous people engaged in nonviolent protest against the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement. Peruvian President Alan Garcia has used the FTA as a pretext to institute new laws that usher in an unprecedented wave of extractive industries – expanding logging, oil and gas drilling, mining, and destructive agriculture into the Amazon Rainforest. more... 4 Comments
Wanda Rivera | As the controversy about whether or not the State and Federal governments would allow unconventional gas drilling in upstate rural areas heats up, dozens of environmental activists rallied outside of City Hall on Wednesday in an animated protest to urge Councilmember Gennaro - the Council's Environmental Protection Committee Chair - to follow through on his declared opposition to gas drilling statewide. Meanwhile, Congressman Hinchey on the federal level introduced similar gas drilling friendly legislation that would leave the state's food and water supplies vulnerable to devastation.
Jessica Aguirre | As New York prepares for LGBTQ pride celebrations, a new case of homophobia-driven police brutality has sobered the city. more... 3 Comments
Lyell Davies | May 28, 2009—Community television producers and a former Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) staffer assembled outside MNN to charge that the station is failing in its mission of providing media services to community organizations and is cracking down on staffers opposed to the organization’s present direction. more... 0 Comments
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
IndyVideo | An exposé of one of the biggest scammers in the rent-to-own industry - Rent-A-Center. Community leaders Taharka Robinson and Kirstin Foy lead a New York City-based movement to regulate an industry that has taken advantage of low-income, minority consumers for decades. Find out what it's going to take to put this predatory renter from preying on our neighborhoods.
exquiste | As usual the philosophical-politico Manhattanite university crowd turned out, as well as a handful of strictly Brooklyn party types. The half-anarchist half-hipster crowd couldn’t help but appear reminiscent of a certain catastrophic scenario in recent memory. Around 1:30 AM police showed up outside the 210 Cook street building and unplugged the sound system.
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
Emma | Bernard White contextualizes his firing as Program Director of WBAI in the larger struggle for the direction of the Pacifica Network. Details financial interests in the station and divisive tactics used against him. Other members of the WBAI community make comments denouncing the firing and supporting the station. more... 19 Comments
Steven Wishnia, John Tarleton, and Alex Kane | Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy re-election to a third term. The city’s economic and media power elites have already anointed him. more... 8 Comments
Adalah-NY | New York activists gathered in front of Radio City Music Hall Sunday night during a Leonard Cohen concert to call upon the singer/songwriter to cancel his scheduled September concert in Israel. The protesters sang songs, chanted, handed out leaflets to concert attendees and produced sidewalk art. The call comes in support of earlier calls by Jews, Palestinians, Israeli citizens and residents of the UK, and coincides with the publication of an open letter by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calling for protests throughout the cities Cohen is touring. more... 16 Comments
New School for Endless Occupation | To help push along the inquiry into the facts concerning the occupation of 65 Fifth Avenue on April 10th 2009, we are offering clear and direct responses to all the questions that the New School Investigation Committee is seeking to answer. We do hope this clears some things up.
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