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On Storytelling and Remembrance (The Indypendent)

A.K. Gupta | The media are our collective eyes. When and how they cover an event can change history. Mass uprisings in Latin America, full of life, creativity and conflict, offer all the elements of a compelling story but receive minimal attention from the corporate press. It is into these events that North Americans like Brad interject themselves, as reporters, witnesses and solidarity activists. They don’t have a billion-dollar corporation behind them, but many still produce stellar reporting. more...  3 Comments

A Day of Tears and Laughter: Brad Will Mourned and Celebrated at Memorial Service

John Tarleton | Two hundred friends of Brad Will sang, cried, shared stories, marched through the Lower East Side and stormed a padlocked community center Saturday as they remembered the longtime activist and independent journalist who was murdered on Oct. 27 by Mexican paramilitaries.

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Photos of Memorial for Brad Will: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Charas for the People

Background on Brad Will:

NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will Shot Dead by Government Forces in Oaxaca
Last Dispatch from Brad Will: “One more martyr in a dirty war—one more time to cry and hurt.”
Brad Will’s Remarkable Life
Death of a Journalist: PDF of the latest Indypendent
Brad Will and the Fifth St. Squat Eviction more...  10 Comments

Oaxaca at Any Cost

Barucha Calamity Peller | Barricades removed by the Federal Preventive Police, during their invasion and occupation of Oaxaca City since Nov 1, may be reconstructed throughout the city as early as tonight.

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Photos of Memorial for Brad Will

Ida C. Benedetto | Photographs from Today's memorial at St. Mark's Church and the march through the east village more...  6 Comments

Brad Will: Weekend Memorials and Events.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Memorial at St. Mark's Church, 1-5pm, located at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 10th St.

After Party at Time's Up!, 8pm-2am, 49 E. Houston St.

Sunday, Nov. 12, Noon-dark
Nueva Esperanza Community Garden on 110th Street at Fifth Avenue more...  0 Comments

El Puente Needs Your Support

El Puentista | On Friday; October 6th, the EI Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, our nationally celebrated, public high school was summarily evicted from its home of 13 years by edict of the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Citing their "sudden" awareness of worsening building conditions (the same conditions that drove el Puente for years to demand DOE support), the DOE dangerously and disrespectfully removed the Academy's operations to M.S. 50 literally overnight, without any prior consultation with the students, parents, administrators or teachers of either school community. Such an impulsive and autocratic maneuver makes a mockery of EI Puente Academy's early support of the more autonomous, DOE "Empowerment Zone" as well as EI Puente's good faith engagement with DOE in a publicly private partnership, uniquely endorsed unanimously in a Board resolution by the NYC Board of Education. more...  2 Comments

The McGowan Aftermath: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Armadillo (from the comments) | The system wanted/s us to believe that it is extreme tactics that make us radical, that score us cool points with our companeras/os. They wanted us to believe that it was the sound of breaking glass that shut down the WTO meeting in Seattle. This is patently not true. What shut down the WTO meeting was a coordinated and international effort of unions and NGO along with intense bravery of direct action tactics. Don't get me wrong, I love a good fire, I love the thought of going up against the police in the streets if we have the numbers to pull it off, but tactics do not a revolutionary strategy make. Revolutionary strategy requires an infrastructure to be built that can sustain and move foward. Tactics minus strategy is suicide. more...  3 Comments

Update: Daniel McGowan & Codefendants Accept Non-Cooperation Plea Agreement

Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan | We would like to inform everyone about the events in court today. After months of negotiations and consideration, Daniel, along with Jonathan Paul, Joyanna Zacher and Nathan Block, pled guilty to some of the many charges. We cannot emphasize enough what an extremely difficult decision this was for Daniel and we will continue to give him our full support. [Original Story and Comments || Notes from the Hearing || Audio from the Post-Hearing Press Conference] more...  2 Comments

The Daily Violence of SUV's: SUV hits SUV hits family, kiling 5 yr old in Brooklyn

nytimes repost | A Ford Explorer hit another vehicle yesterday in Brooklyn, then careered onto a sidewalk, plowing into a mother and her three children walking to school, killing the woman’s 5-year-old son before stopping about a block away, the police said. more...  1 Comments

Worldwide Action to Take Place in Support of Oaxaca on November 20

fff | On October 27, paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico murdered Indymedia journalist Brad Will. He is one of dozens who have lost their lives at the hands of pro-government forces while participating in the largely nonviolent resistance to government oppression in that region. Mexican president Vicente Fox used Brad’s death as a pretext to send 4,000 federal police into the city of Oaxaca; these forces are systematically brutalizing the population.

The people of Oaxaca have not backed down – through days of courageous fighting, they have managed to protect their radio station at the university, repelling machine gun wielding armored police with only sticks, stones, and hope. On November 5, tens of thousands marched through the streets of Oaxaca, calling for the federal police to leave.
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The limited meaning of the mid-term election results


Breaking: Daniel McGowan To Plead Guilty

Lauren Regan and Alejandro Queral | The four remaining non-cooperating defendants in the Oregon “Green Scare” case have agreed to accept responsibility for their own roles in environmentally motivated crimes, but do not agree to provide information or testify against anyone now or in the future. more...  18 Comments

Activist Tim Keating on Brad Will

Paul DeRienzo & Joan Moossy | Tim Keating appears with Joan Moossy and Paul DeRienzo on Let Them Talk, a weekly live talk show on public access TV in Manhattan. You can watch the program on YouTube at more...  0 Comments

Tim Keating of Rainforest Relief on his friend murdered journalist Brad Will

pdr | On Let Them Talk with paul DeRienzo & Joan Moossy Manhattan Neighborhood Network qt 8 PM Tuesday's Channel 56 or on the web at channel 56 or archived at more...  0 Comments

Nov. 8 Statement by the Family of Brad Will

The family of Brad Will | The family of Brad Will has issued the following statement:

"We understand that two of the group of five allegedly involved in Brad's murder have been arrested in Oaxaca. We applaud this action but also note that the other three implicated directly in the crime remain at large. We urge that efforts immediately be expanded to find and arrest all of those involved in all recent killings there." more...  2 Comments

Eminem finally did it: Democrats win

Ideas For Action | If only Eminem (aka Slim Shady) had released his video a few months before the 2004 elections (instead of the few days before), we might have seen a very different result in Ohio. Well two years later people have finally gotten mr. shady's message. Not as if much is going to change with a new section of the US ruling class now in power of course. more...  2 Comments

Photos and Short Update from Oaxaca, November 6th: Women's march

Barucha Calamity Peller | From Indybay
11/8: Shortly after midnight, Ministerial (State) Police reportedly shot live ammunition at people on the Carrillo Puerto barricade; no one was injured. At around 1 a.m., gun shots were reported near the Soriana barricade, and there were six arrests at the Carrillo Puerto barricade.
11/7: The APPO women's march in Oaxaca was attacked by the Policía Federal Preventiva (PFP), and a total of 16 protesters were arrested in Oaxaca throughout the day, including eight people kidnapped off the street by agents in a white van, according to reports on APPO Radio. Report and photos | Faces of Oaxaca | More photos from the barricades
11/6: Radio Universidad (in Spanish)

November 5th: After a week of defending their barricades, more than a million people joined the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca's (APPO) 6th Mega March. This morning, paramilitary forces repeated their pattern of early morning gunfire at the barricades, wounding 22-year-old Marco Sanchez Mertinez; he is in grave condition. 12 buses and a caravan of cars arrived from Mexico City for the march. Photos and Audio Report and Written Report from today. Photos from CMI Chiapas of Federal Police waiting for the march. | Read minute-to-minute updates from Oaxaca

Radio Universidad, the movement's only remaining radio station was successfully defended on Thursday after fierce battles with the Federal Police. Photos: 1 | 2 | Video | Listen to Radio Universidad.

San Francisco Bay Area activists and reporters are in Oaxaca covering the popular movement:

Photos from Tristan | Nov. 5th in Oaxaca by Tristan | The Battle for the University by Tristan | Previous report by Tristan

Coverage of the Women's March by Barucha Calamity Peller | Photos from the Barricades |Photos and Audio Report from Nov. 5th | Minute to Minute reports November 2nd | November 4th

Reports by Danielsan and Ariel (since October 12th): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Videos from Indymedia Oaxaca | Coverage from past week | Solidarity Actions in the Bay Area and Beyond

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National Sweep: Just A Step Forward--But What a Step!

MyDD | National Sweep. Democrats take the national majority in the House, Senate, Governors, and State Legislatures. The only thing Republicans have left--Bush--still sports a sub-40% approval rating. more...  5 Comments

Democratic Sweep In New York (And Maybe U.S.)

Gotham Gazette |

Democrats swept all statewide races yesterday. Attorney Eliot Spitzer was elected governor, according to unofficial results, and Hillary Clinton won her bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. (Click here for more complete election results as they come in.) Democrat Andrew Cuomo won the race for attorney general, and Comptroller Alan Hevesi won re-election despite the scandal over his use of a state employee as his wife’s chauffeur. It remains unclear, though, whether Hevesi will be able to serve out his four-year term. Spitzer’s running mate, State Senator David Paterson of Manhattan, will become the state’s first black lieutenant governor. [Read More at Gotham Gazette] || MyDD: Just a Step Forward, But What a Step || OnNYTurf: Lieberman-- I Won't Be Beholden To Any Party

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Dudas sobre quien acompañaba a Brad | Dudas sobre quien acompañaba a Brad more...  10 Comments

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