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DECISION TIME FOR TOOKIE (Indypendent)

F. TIMOTHY MARTIN | Barring intervention by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California will execute Williams by lethal injection on Dec. 13.
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THE PEOPLE’S LAWYER: JUDGE CAVES ON SUBWAY SEARCHES (Indypendent)

ANN SCHNEIDER | It is difficult to equate the “few seconds” of intrusion riders must suffer with the possibility of another terrorist attack, but Judge Berman took a shortcut to the detriment of us all when he found that the search policy need not actually increase security as long as it has some, minimal deterrent value.
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NYU GRAD STUDENT: WHY I AM ON STRIKE (Indypendent)

MICHELLE FAWCETT | Why do we struggle so? Because, unlike President John Sexton and the NYU brass, we truly are passionately devoted to academic freedom and advanced intellectual inquiry, and we think the university should be the place where we can pursue that.
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Lynne Arriale Makes Inroads into Male Dominated World Of Jazz

Donald Iarussi MFA | In the late 1980's I met then Lynne Bernstein at a club in NYC.

I was forunate enough to videotape her, be her publicist and book her at
clubs in NYC. She is an amazingly talented person and has helped women make inroads into
the male dominated world of Jazz,

As Her then Publicist, Lynne had won the international Jazz Piano Competition. When I called the mainstream press to tell them the news. They would reply "You means in the womans competition?"


I am looking forward to seeing more jazz festivals in the USA feature talented women on the
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FIERCE Organizes to Keep Christopher St. Pier Open

Ida C. Benedetto | LGBT youth of color made a strong show at Community Board 2 meeting to avdocate for later curfew. FIERCE organized some 40 members and 30 supporters to attend the meeting, adding to the 30 other people in attendance. Despite their overwhelming presence, some residents and shop owners suggested that these youth aren't the people hanging out on the pier late at night. One after another, members of FIERCE and their supporters stood to articulate the importance of the pier to the community and the need to access the space late into the eventing.


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Big Break in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

Dave Lindorff | The Third Circuit Appeals Court has agreed to hear not just Abu-Jamal’s claim of jury selection bias in his 1982 murder trial, but also claims that the prosecution illegally told the jury their decision regarding guilt would not be final and that the trial judge was biased at the post-conviction hearing on the case and the merits of the evidence presented. more...  1 Comments

Victory for Mumia

www.freemumia.com | Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued the most important decision affecting my client, Mumia Abu-Jamal, since the lower federal court ruling in December 2001. An order was issued this morning that the court will accept for review the following issues, all of which are of enormous constitutional significance and go to the very essence of Mumia's right to a fair trial due process of law, and equal protection of the law under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution... more...  3 Comments

Canada's Prince of Darkness: Michael Ignatieff

CHUCKMAN | THOMAS FRIEDMAN IN STRIPED PANTS more...  0 Comments

The Indypendent

NYC Print | A Lesson in Class: Striking NYC grads put it all on the line more...  4 Comments

From Venezuelan Hearts To The U.S. Hearths

Xavier Tayo | In the Tremont section of the Bronx on Tuesday U.S. Congressman Jose Serrano, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United States Bernardo Alvarez, and CITGO CEO Felix Rodriguez announced the details of a deal to deliver low cost heating oil to residents of the South Bronx. The program was brokered by Representative Serrano and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez while touring the Bronx last September.

"The low-income residents of my district who will benefit from this historic agreement are going to see real savings and improvements in their quality of life," Congressman Serrano said. more...  1 Comments

New Yorkers Rally For Tookie Williams as Clemency Deadline Nears

Stanley W. Rogouski | Poets, musicians, and political activists met at the National Black Theater of Harlem on 125th Street to protest the coming execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the Crips, writer, and nobel prize nominee.

More Coverage from LA Indymedia: "Mr. Williams is a death row inmate at San Quentin who is scheduled to be executed on December 13th, unless Governor Schwarzenegger intervenes to commute his sentence to life without parole." more...  0 Comments

U.S. Christians March on Guantanamo to visit Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Thomas Good | Santiago, Cuba Twenty-five Christians in the nonviolent tradition of Dorothy
Day and the Catholic Worker arrived in Cuba last evening and plan to set out
from Santiago today on a solemn fifty-mile march to the prison camp at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They seek to defend human dignity by visiting with the
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IMAGES: New Jersey Bear Hunt 2005

Erin Siegal | At daybreak this morning, the second New Jersey bear hunt in the last 35 years kicked off in Wawayanda State Park in Sussex County, NJ. The first day of the six-day hunt is toted as an attempt controlling the population of black bears regarded as nuisances. The species have made a comeback from the brink of extinction, but are now being forced into areas populated by humans due to the slow creep of suburban sprawl, and human encroachment upon the bear’s natural habitat. Black bears are regarded as nuisances because of their tendency to raid improperly disposed human garbage bags in search of food. more...  3 Comments

Teaching (and Learning) at the City University

Yvonne Liu | I taught Intro to Sociology last spring at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, a school that attracts many immigrant and working-class youth. Ninety percent of the class was ESL, and there was a range of students, from 18- and 19-year-old first-year college students to adult learners returning to school for their Associates degree. It was my first experience teaching at the college level, and it was deeply rewarding. more...  14 Comments

Judge Caves In; Says Suspicionless Subway Searches Are Legal

Ann Schneider | Only moments after hearing closing arguments in a two-day bench trial, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman issued a 41-page opinion on Friday December 2nd ruling that random, suspicionless subway searches are constitutional. One of the plaintiffs in the case was carrying a copy of “It Can’t Happen Here,” on the day he was searched but the irony was lost on Judge Berman. more...  2 Comments

Help Free the CPT 4

Concerned Friend of Peace | We appeal to those holding these activists to release them unharmed so that they may continue their vital work as witnesses and peacemakers.

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT  http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4324.shtml more...  1 Comments

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil

Ida C. Benedetto | The LGBT center hosted a day of speakers yesterday for World AIDS Day. People also worked on memorial quilt patches. The global theme for this year was Out of Darkness. The vigil left the LBGT center on 13th st and went north on 8th ave to the original cite of the Gay Men's Health Crisis offices. There, names of many who passed away from AIDS were read. [More Photos] more...  0 Comments

Praxis Poobahs Agree to Give $790K Back to Agency

Housing Works | Praxis poobahs agree to give $790K back to agency

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SPITZER: Accused duo of profiting off non-profit funds

Early Thanksgiving week, former officials of New York City AIDS-housing nonprofit Praxis Housing Initiatives "settled an investigation into allegations they used agency funds to create and operate competing homeless shelters," the New York Blade reported, as did the Daily News, the New York Post) and numerous other outlets.

Veteran followers of AIDS housing in New York City may remember that Praxis had close ties to Giuliani administration deputy Fran Reiter, who was instrumental in taking city contracts away from Housing Works in the 1990s. In the suit HW brought against the city alleging that the contracts were pulled as a retaliatory gesture for HW's outspoken criticism of City Hall, testimony was even offered suggesting that the city was poised to give Praxis control of HW's East 9 th Street and East New York residences if the contract-loss forced HW to relinquish operation of those facilities.

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Come Show Tookie Your Support in Brooklyn, SAT 12/3

CEDP and Brownstown Books | COME SHOW TOOKIE YOUR SUPPORT IN BROOKLYN

GET EDUCATED and GET ACTIVATED!

Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stan Tookie Williams
Brownstone Bookstore

409 Lewis Ave. [at Decatur St] Take the A/C to Utica Ave.

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20th annual Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners ***NEW VENUE***

Partisan Defense Committee | The Partisan Defense Committee’s 20th Annual Holiday Appeal benefit for class-war prisoners featuring live jazz with Bern Nix/Francois Grillot, Prajna and Madsól. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Speakers include Lynne Stewart, Barry Bachrach (attorney for Leonard Peltier), Rachel Wolkenstein (PDC Counsel, former attorney for Mumia). Friday, December 9, 6 to 11pm, 6 Harrison St., Manhattan. For more information call (212) 406-4252. more...  1 Comments

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