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Tackling 9/11 Questions at the Ballot Box!

Sander Hicks | On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (“NYC CAN”) filed petitions for a referendum to create an independent investigation of 9/11/01.

The group, led by Victims’ Families, submitted 52,000 signatures to the City of New York. The new Commission would be independently funded, yet have legal authority from the City Council. If approved, New York City voters will be able to vote on this in the City-wide elections this November. more...  18 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

Factory Occupations up in time of crisis

Marie Trigona | The phenomenon of worker occupations continues to grow as the world falls deeper into the current recession. Nearly 20 new factories in Argentina were occupied since 2008. more...  0 Comments

Democra-Phobia: Fear of Citizen Power in Honduras

repost of Al Giordano (with unknown additions/alterations) | "They’ve tried to make it seem like the conflict is about whether Zelaya himself could run for reelection, even though the proposed Constitutional Convention – if approved on November 29 to happen sometime after that date, the same day a new president would be elected, and if it permitted reelection of presidents – would nonetheless happen too late to allow Zelaya himself to pursue it. See how badly they’ve mangled the real story out of Honduras?
The real story began and continues to be one of poder ciudadano: Citizen Power.
Which is why the inordinate focus on the circus up above – not only in the corporate media, but also among some colleagues of the left – so badly misses the point of what is occurring on the ground in Honduras.
It’s as if, for some, the past dozen years of struggle, sacrifice and multiple victories by Latin American social movements never happened, or as if they were merely symbolic, lacking in hard substance. But we have reported the real story, time and time again, here: Citizen Power in Latin America has considerably strengthened the role of Latin American peoples as their own subjects and no longer the objects of impermeable imperial rule from afar." more...  0 Comments

Getting Dirty: Community gardens introduce solidarity

Freedom Walker Birch | The Black community is plagued with disunity. The plethora of approaches to solve this dilemma has failed to transform relations amongst people of color. But the recent influx of community gardens has introduced a simple, effective solution to building solidarity. more...  0 Comments

Lessons for Labor from Card Check's Death

Workers Action | Maybe you didn’t hear the news: Card Check — the key provision of the Employee Free Choice Act — is dead. You might not have gotten the message because U.S. labor “leaders” are remarkably silent on the issue. Not a peep.

The media, however, has the story right: the Democrats are now officially seeking a compromise, one that strips the bill of its essence — the right for workers to start a union by stating their intention to do so.

So why are most union leaders so quiet? No one likes to talk about their blunders, especially the colossal type. The defeat of Card Check is a mighty blow to labor, and admitting that your strategy failed to achieve it may cause others to question your authority.
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Rock Dove Collective Offers Alternative Means of Paying for Healthcare

Jacquie Simone | lThe Rock Dove Collective, an alternative community health exchange in New York City, is encouraging patients and healthcare providers to exchange services instead of money in return for treatment. Rock Dove offers a network of healthcare providers who accept mutual aid, meaning that they allow patients to provide services instead of paying for healthcare. more...  19 Comments

Calderon carries drug war to opposition strongholds

John Ross | MEXICO CITY/MORELIA (June 4th) - Despite a raging war against homegrown drug cartels, politics may well be Mexico's most dangerous drug. Addicted to authority, Mexican politicos crave more and more power and are disposed to obtain same by any means necessary. Conversely, the powerless, who are legion, crave drugs to assuage their condition.
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"Obama's Coup" in Honduras: The Right Strikes Back!

Immanuel Wallerstein | What about the United States? When the coup occurred, some of the raucous left commentators in the blogosphere called it "Obama's coup." That misses the point of what happened.. Neither Zelaya nor his supporters on the street, nor indeed Chavez or Fidel Castro, have such a simplistic view. They all note the difference between Obama and the U.S. right (political leaders or military figures) and have expressed repeatedly a far more nuanced analysis. more...  1 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

It’s Still a Military Coup in Honduras

Al Giordano | "The Honduran civil resistance may be ignored by the international media, and vociferously denied by those in the Oligarch Diaspora that spam the Twitter feeds and comments sections of the blogosphere claiming that gatherings of hundreds and thousands of dissidents were "only fifty people" and other such bold and wishful lies.
The Honduran Civil Resistance offers the faster path than any talks in San José toward ridding the country, and the hemisphere, of the cancer that began as, and continues to be, nothing “new” at all: Just another in a long line of industrial-strength military coups, in which the generals decree the parameters by which “civilian” subsidiaries may simulate government."

"The photo, above, was taken on Friday by Chiapas Indymedia veteran Tiros. There were even larger blockades and marches on Saturday, as this communiqué we received (and now translate) from the Honduran Comun-Noticias organization, which reports on yesterday’s mass marches toward the capital city of Tegucigalpa from many directions:
Thousands of demonstrators, who closed one lane of the Siguatepeque-Tegucigalpa highway for the entire day, arrived Friday afternoon in Comayagua, where they joined the marches in the city’s main streets and the occupation of Central Park.
Despite that some drivers tried to pass the organized lines of the demonstrators, the people did not retreat and impeded the traffic of oil tankers and trucks that transported the products of pro-coup businesses…"

""Update II: VTV reports that its journalists and those of TeleSur have been forcibly brought to the airport for expulsion from Honduras. Beyond this latest evidence that the coup is neither democratic nor values press freedom, it is worrisome because it reveals that the coup's next steps are likely so repressive and atrocious that it can't withstand reporting of it to the rest of the world." more...  1 Comments

The Sic Transit Gloria Exhibit Glorifies Biking in a Crowded City

Julia Dunn | The Sic Transit Gloria Exhibit highlight all things transportation related, and many bicycle focused pieces. The Reinvention of the Wheel panel presentation combined many groups together to talk about progress and where New York City stands now. 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

Photo: Workers Rally at Scoop

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

While Supporters Held Vigil, Brooklyn Father Ordered Deported

The Politics of Immigration | “RoxRoy is really putting his neck out there in this struggle,” said Pastor Michael Ellick of Judson Memorial Church, a founding member of the New Sanctuary Coalition. “He knows full well that he might be risking his own case by taking this public stand. But every day he makes moral choices that look to the broader picture.” more...  7 Comments

AJLPP Condemns the Series of Indiscriminate Bombings in the Philippines

AJLPP | The Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) based in the United States, and the Filipino-American Community expressed outrage over the series of bombing in the Southern Philippines. The AJLPP express grave concern that the July 5-6 bombings in Mindanao may spread to the other urban centers like Manila. We squarely lay the blame to the US-Arroyo regime and her subalterns in the military who may be behind these barbaric bombings. This is the same scenario staged by the US-Marcos regime when it declared martial law in 1972. Although the perpetrators like to appear that the targets of the bombings are Catholic Cathedrals, Christian population centers and points to the MILF, Abu Sayyaff (ASG) or JI-Al Queda, the Filipino people suspects that the military is behind the bombings as elucidated by ISAFP Sgt. Vidal Doble. more...  0 Comments

IFCO/PASTORS FOR PEACE 20th Annual Caravan to Cuba Sent Off

IFCO - NY BUS | On July 6th, the NY Bus for the IFCO/Pastors for Peace 20th Annual Caravan to Cuba set-off to Concord, New Hampshire yesterday and today we are in Boston doing an event and collecting aid! It is a very exciting time for the caravan as we collect 250 tons of humanitarian aid all across the country on our way to McAllen, Texas to challenge the immoral economic embargo that the US placed on Cuba 48 years ago as well as challenging the travel ban with our bodies crossing the border into Mexico with 135 people. The NY Bus is only one of 14 different vehicles with drivers and caravanistas who are traveling around doing events in different cities every day. To stay updated on the Pastors for Peace routes please go to www.pastorsforpeace.org and find the blog that is updated daily by our caravanistas! more...  0 Comments

Peruvian Community in Action Protest at the Peruvian Consulate

Nick Cooper | 30 people gathered today in front of the Peruvian Consulate to protest the treatment of indigenous in Peru and to support the Peruvian general strike. Nick Cooper spoke with those in attendance. more...  0 Comments

Coney Island Redevelopment Plan Passed

Melinda Tenenzapf | The City Planning Commission voted 12-0 on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 to approve the 3rd drafted Coney Island Redevelopment plan. Upon the first vote by Chairwoman Amanda M. Burden, union leaders and community members stood up in protest, holding signs and chanting “Good Jobs! Affordable Housing!” more...  1 Comments

Defeat Capitalism - Leave the false freedom in the dust!

anon | The yearly meeting of the economically leading nations, which in the last times 2007 and 2008 caused massive protests in Germany and Japan, this time takes place from the 8th till the 10th of July in Italy. Eight years after Genua, the rightist extremist premier Silvio Berlusconi again hosts the summit meeting. At that time the italian police shot and killed a demonstrator and tortured dozens. The premier plead for acquittals, some responsible persons have been advanced to EU positions meanwhile. more...  0 Comments

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