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Where have all the fighters gone?

Juan Gonzalez | In this passionate analysis, Juan Gonzalez writes:

"I have been amazed at the virtual absence of dispassionate and comprehensive analysis about this election; an analysis grounded in facts, one that places the conflict in the context of broader historical patterns, that consistently asks: what is in the best interest of working people and the marginalized or oppressed groups of New York City? Once you begin to look at the mayoral race from that deeper perspective, you begin to realize that there have been few times in recent memory when an urban electorate faced such a clear class choice – in the personalities of the candidates, their stands on the issues, and the forces they represent. more...  13 Comments

Victoria's Dirty Secret: Protesting use of clearcut paper

Ida C. Benedetto | As part of a national day of action, Greenpeace student activists and Reverend Billy protested outside of the Victoria's Secret on 35th st and Broadway Thursday night. Victoria's Secret sends out some million catalogues daily that are printed on paper made from clear cutting. Forest Ethics has succeded in convincing Office Depot to use recycled paper. The protest in New York is one of 350 that took place nation wide. See www.forestethics.org and www.victoriasdirtysecret.net for more information about the campaign more...  3 Comments

Peaceful Counter Recruitement Protest at Hunter College

Jacek Gancarz | About 50 people turned up at Hunter College, today, November 2, 2005 to protest the presence of US military recruiters at the college job fair. more...  6 Comments

World Can't Wait, NYC: Hundreds Walk-Out, Thousands March

Stanley W. Rogouski and a report by Jed Brandt | Jed Brandt writes: "Of the core crowd, 75% were high school and college students who had walked out from city-wide high schools and Manhattan campuses. The crowd was energetic, and noticably distinct from the "usual suspects" of the New York activist left who were totally missing in action as coherent groupings. Interestingly enough, this made the crowd distinctly more lively than ritual protests peopled by the activist scene, and more intimate and human-level than the largest mass mobilizations organized by UFPJ and ANSWER. There was a noticable drop in "grumbling at the margins." [Coverage at US IMC || More Photos]

Stanley W. Rogouski writes: "Several thousand people showed up to demand an end to the Bush Regime as part of a nationwide series of demonsrations put on by World Can't Wait. The march was dominated by NYC high school kids who walked out of school to protest the Bush administration. more...  115 Comments

Why I Said No to the UFT Contract

By Elizabeth Guidi | A United Federation of Teachers (UFT) delegate gives reasons to vote against contract covering New York City public school educators. more...  3 Comments

Event: Fight the Power -- The Hip Hop Struggle for Liberation

ROSA CLEMENTE | Friends, please pass it on, if you can come out to what will be a
wonderful event this Saturday, if you want to come and advertise an
event or represent your organization, this is a great opportunity, we
usually get 150 plus at this event, but you must contact me to reserve
space, no vendors please, just informational stuff, peace and love
Rosa

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Chris Owens Endoreses Gloria Mattera, Green Party Candidate for Brooklyn President

Owens Campaign/ cross posted | Chris Owens, Democratic candidate for
membership in the U.S. House of Representatives from
Brooklyn’s 11th Congressional District, today crossed party
lines and endorsed Green Party candidate Gloria Mattera for
Brooklyn Borough President over Democrat Marty Markowitz. more...  0 Comments

German Parliament building set ablaze

Hans Moleman | For the Nazis, who had been in power less than a month, since January 30, 1933, the Reichstag fire was the excuse for a hitherto unparalleled persecution of Communist and Social Democratic workers, intellectuals and party leaders. more...  3 Comments

NYU Grad Student Union Authorizes Strike

Sean Nortz | NYU Graduate Students, through GSOC/Local 2110 UAW, have authorized a strike this morning which will result in a complete stoppage of work by graduate students in response to the administration's refusal to renew their contract, which expired on August 31, 2005 (the National Labor Relations Board, composed largely of apointees from a reactionary Bush administration, determined, contrary to a 2000 ruling, that universities do not have to negotiate with graduate student unions). A contract "offered" to the union by the administration in August was "little more than a public relations stunt" which acquiesced to none of the principal demands in an acceptable fashion.

The graduate students and their union have the overwhelming support of undergraduate students, faculty, and the rest of the NYU community. The administration must now show what its priorities are through its response to the strike.

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World Can't Wait: November 2, NYC

Stanley W. Rogouski | On November 2nd, in over 60 cities across the country, including high schools and colleges in many of these cities, The World Can’t Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime will launch what it claims is "the first national movement in American history dedicated to driving a sitting president out of office." more...  33 Comments

Bushspeak

CHUCKMAN | DARK AND GARBLED WORDS more...  1 Comments

“Snowstorm” Planned to Highlight Support for Access TV.

Lyell Davies | On November 7th at 9pm eastern-standard time (8pm central, 7pm mountain, 6pm pacific, 5pm Alaska, 4pm Hawaii) the ACM is calling on access TV centers nationwide to stop their regular programming in unison and for one minute to air “snow” on their channels. ACM executive director Anthony Riddle says this gesture will draw attention to the seriousness of current anti-access legislation in Washington and show viewers what their cable-box could look like without the programming offered by access TV. more...  0 Comments

Halloween Critical Mass

roger m | Several smaller groups of riders originating from various locations collected into 2 main groups of 200 or so which moved separately around Manhattan. Both groups made a pass through Times Square. Smiling traffic cops waved our group through. It was great to mass through Times Square for the first time in many months.

For some reason the cops left the ride alone. I don't know of any arrests. There was a helicopter overhead and a number of scooter cops around Union Square. I mused that the authorities were respecting the holiday and having a temporary cease-fire. A more realistic theory was offered that the fascists were called off due to the upcoming mayoral elections.

[Also See: Bikblog post on the Halloween CM || Photos || Bike Kill 2005] more...  5 Comments

A New Mission for Americans

John M. Kelley | The platform we need to demand in order to win elections and restore America more...  1 Comments

Police Crack Down on Cyclists Day Before Critical Mass.

Sebastian C. | One biker notes: "Heads up everyone! Looks like the crackdown is starting a day early this month... I wasn't privy to any ticketing myself, but it looks like they're itching to ticket any and all cyclists this fine day."

[Another Report of Aggressive Ticketing] more...  8 Comments

The Indypendent Sweeps the "Ippies" for 3rd Straight Year

IMCista | NYC Indymedia's free biweekly newspaper The Indypendent won 11 "Ippies" Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet sponsored by the Independent Press Association of New York. It was the third straight year that The Indypendent's volunteer staff has won more Ippies than any of the IPA's other 94 member papers. more...  2 Comments

50 people rally for Miguel Malo at Hostos in the Bronx

s.a.n. (reposted from SLAM listserve) | Today's press conference in front of Hostos drew 50 spirited supporters of Miguel Malo who protested yesterday's outrageous verdict. The turnout, which would have been impressive in the best weather, wasall the more so given harsh winds and a torrential downpour more...  2 Comments

"Thank You Rosa Parks" Memorial Quadruple Mashup

Hip Hop Music | Sly's "Thank You.." mixed with Outkast's "Rosa Parks" mixed with The Neville Brothers "Sister Rosa" mixed with 1956 Rosa Parks interview from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Thank You Rosa Parks MP3 (with additional cameos by Dick Gephardt, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Lewis and Amy Goodman) [Read More and Download] more...  0 Comments

This Wednesday 7pm: Activist forum on "The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Non-Profits, NGOs & Social Movements"

Max Uhlenbeck |
Please come out this Wednesday night for an important movement discussion with activists & organizers from around New York City. Also this is a magazine release event and fundraiser for Left Turn magazine & Sista ii Sista, come out and support! more...  0 Comments

Miguel Malo Found Guilty of "Reckless Assault" in Hostos College Protest Case

Sarah Stuteville | In a chilling verdict, the jury in the re-trial of Miguel Malo found the former Hostos College student leader guilty of "reckless assault" and disorderly conduct during a one-person protest he held in August 2001. Malo was escorted out of the court room in handcuffs and as of writing is still in custody. more...  2 Comments

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