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Columbia University President Bollinger's Statement on Free Speech / Minuteman Protest

Lee Bollinger | Columbia University has always been, and will always be, a place where students and faculty engage directly with important public issues. We are justifiably proud of the traditions here of intellectual inquiry and vigorous debate. The disruption on Wednesday night that resulted in the termination of an event organized by the Columbia College Republicans in Lerner Hall represents, in my judgment, one of the most serious breaches of academic faith that can occur in a university such as ours. more...  4 Comments

TA Tells Disabled Fan to 'Go Home' Instead of Yankee Playoff Game

Bob | For Emil Dammling, a 72-year-old wheelchair user from West Haven , Connecticut , attending New York City sporting events are the biggest thrills of his life. He was thrilled to have tickets to Tuesday night's playoff game at Yankee Stadium and took MetroNorth all the way from New Haven to Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, but that thrill would soon turn to dismay when he discovered that the elevator from the street to the mezzanine was out of service, an all to frequent occurrence according to disability advocates. more...  0 Comments

Ironworkers Union Segregates Mexican Workers

Gregory A. Butler | The Ironworkers Union has set up a segregated low-wage local for Mexican lathers in the south and west. This 21 state "local union", run by White officers, basically functions as a company union for low wage scab rebar contractors. more...  0 Comments

Black Cross Health Collective's "What to do if exposed to tear gas/pepper spray"

reposted | author: Lupin more...  0 Comments

Why Is Islam Under Attack? (Panel & Discussion)

P. Collins | "Why is Islam Under Attack?"
A meeting sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge
Saturday, 3 PM more...  4 Comments

Some Notes after the World Can't Wait Protest

Sam | I went to the World Can't Wait protest and, I have to say, I needed that. A lot of young people involved, people fired up, and beautiful weather: who can complain? That said, I had a few thoughts which I thought I'd share for the few activists reading this. [Photos || World Can't Wait -- For What?] more...  28 Comments

Mini-Riot at Columbia as Minutemen Forced Off Stage

Elliot D. Crooks and Comrade Gumby, breaking news taken from 'The Bwog' | As a large, vocal protest raged outside Roone Arledge Auditorium at Columbia University, Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist was heckled and confronted onstage by students, prompting a fistfight between students and the Minutemen. According to an on-scene report, "there [were] at least two minutes of chaos between students, other students and the Minutemen." It seems Gilchrist was prevented from speaking. [Read Original Post and Comments]

After the confrontation ended, a mosh pit of triumphal students and community members danced and chanted outside the auditorium, "Asian, Black, Brown and White, we smashed the Minutemen tonight!" more...  99 Comments

Walkouts and Protests Oct. 5 to "Drive Out the Bush Regime"

Jed Brandt / WCW | The World Can't Wait has called for a national day of action on October 5th against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. In New York City, students are walking out in the morning and people are gathering across the street from the United Nations as 12 noon. By 1:30 pm, a permitted march will go down 2nd Avenue to Union Square for an rally that begins at 4:00 pm. On Your Own Terms: Open Letter to Activists Regarding World Can't Wait || New York Protest Info || Complete listings of protests around New York State and the country. more...  0 Comments

Why Hillary Clinton Voted for the Anti-Immigrant Wall

By Bill Van Auken | Last May, in the wake of mass demonstrations that brought millions of immigrants to the streets in cities throughout the United States, New York’s Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton spoke with disdain for the Republican right’s proposals mandating a crackdown on foreign-born workers.

This Republican-backed legislation, which turned undocumented workers—as well as anyone who provided them with aid—into criminal felons, was the provocation that sparked the mass protests.
“I cannot and will not support one-sided solutions that sound tough but neither deal with our porous borders nor treat with respect and dignity the millions of families who live and work in our country,” Clinton declared.

Last Friday, however, she did exactly that, joining Senate Republicans and the majority of her Democratic colleagues in voting for an ignominious piece of legislation known as the “Secure Fence Act of 2006.” more...  1 Comments

On Your Own Terms: An open letter to activists regarding World Can't Wait

Jed Brandt | Tired of stewing in anger while "long war" and torture are normalized, working on campaigns that don't touch the highest powers and an activist culture where we tear each other down instead of pushing forward? Me too. That's why I'm getting involved in this fight and taking it to my neighbors, friends and the street on October 5. This is not a one-day fight. It's nobody's dog-and-pony show.

We resist or we are complicit. more...  24 Comments

Congress Calls for Direct Action

reposted | by: anonymous [comments] more...  4 Comments

Stop the G8+5, Defend Oaxaca! Virtual Sit-In!

edt, blhl, rtna | The borderlands Hacklab,Electronic Disturbance Theater and Rising Tide North America call for a virtual sit-in against the websites of the G8+5 and the Mexican government during the G8+5 meetings on October 3-4th, 2006 in Mexico.

To join the action, click here:
 http://sdhacklab.org
 http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html
 http://sdhacklab.org/oaxaca more...  2 Comments

Sixth Anniversary of al-Aqsa Mosque Intifada Passes Still Unresolved

Stephen Lendman | Palestinian Oppression Continues more...  0 Comments

Photos from Critical Mass, 9/29

Lauren | Critical Mass rode again last night. Here's photos from the ride. more...  6 Comments

Minuteman Founder to Speak at Columbia

Elliot Crooks, Swashbuckler | On Wednesday October 4th, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the rascist vigilante group the Minutemen, will be speaking at Columbia University's Lerner Hall (114th and Broadway) thanks to a lovely invitation from the campus Republicans. We're asking for people to come out and creatively resist the event. Previous Indypendent Coverage: |Armed Vigilantes ‘Patrol’ Mexican Border |How I Organized a May Day Shutdown |Immigrants Rising in Brooklyn |Latino Workers Face Tough Conditions in New Orleans Cleanup |250 Years of Backlash more...  15 Comments

10/7: The Lies about Islam

antiwar | **please forward widely!** more...  3 Comments

Journalism, Wall Street Journal Style

Stephen Lendman | How the Wall St. Journal savages Hugo Chavez. more...  0 Comments

Act Now: Federal Legislation Labels Activism 'Terrorism'

Animal Rights | The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is currently pending in Congress, and industry groups are doing their best to push it through quickly and with little public scrutiny, Patriot Act style, before Fall recess.
Please act now to make sure that the War on Terrorism, and the tragedy of 9/11, isn’t used to push a political agenda and silence dissent.
more...  0 Comments

Visualizing the Dead: Sunday Morning Vigil Brings Home Cost of Iraq War to 5th Ave.

Maria Skouras | On September 17, 2006 at 10 a.m., New Yorkers and tourists anywhere along Fifth Avenue between 8th and 73rd Street encountered demonstrators embracing silence to honor those American soldiers who have perished in Iraq as part of a vigil named “Number the Dead” (hyperlink to  http://www.numberthedead.com/). For one hour, participants held signs displaying the name, age, and hometown for each of the 2,683 U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq. more...  6 Comments

Met Life to Stuy Town Tenants: Middle Class My Ass! (Indypendent)

Bennett Baumer | Met Life advertises the market-rate apartments as “luxury” and charges thousands of dollars for them—not bad for a complex that many tenants referred to as “projects.” “Stuy Town set the mold for urban redevelopment. The government gave a huge gift to Met Life, condemning the land and turning it over to Met Life with large-scale displacement of poor people,” said tenant historian Roberta Gold. || Full Story more...  5 Comments

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