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The Seahorse(-Cycles) are Coming! Workshops for LAST(?) Mermaid Parade

The Sea Horses and the Star Fishes | Bigtime real estate interest are moving in on Coney Island and this could spell the end for the Mermaid Parade and a lot more. Previous Coney Island Coverage || Bland As Sand: Developers Stalk Coney Island || Gritty and Trashy... That's Why I Love It || Getting Wet with Mermaids and Dykes more...  2 Comments

A Community Burdened With Columbia's Need to Expand

Paul Schrodt | Protesters of Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem hit another roadblock Monday when the City Planning Commission certified the school's application to re-zone Manhattanville. Now Community Board 9 is squeezed to come up with opposing recommendations over the next 60 days. more...  4 Comments

Sunlight in the Torture Chamber

Alex Nathanson | Steven M. Watt, Janis Karpinski, Josh Rushing, Jumana Musa, and Tara McKelvy discussed various aspects of the US torture policy at Sunlight in the Torture Chamber, an event hosted by the NYCLU. more...  3 Comments

A. Anti. Anti-Capitalista!

Calisse Brigade | It was the linking of the arms, over 200 hundred rows made up of 8 to 12 people each and a sister from Berlin who whispered ‘because of the snatch squads’ that reawakened my dormant thoughts on ‘the black bloc’. more...  7 Comments

Congress to Vote on School of the Americas this Wednesday

SOA Watch | The School of the Americas (SOA), in 2001 renamed the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,” is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. OVer 60,000 soldiers have graduated from the school, many of which have been implicated in some of the most notorious military dictatorships and human rights abuses in Latin America.

Congress is expected to vote on an amendment to the Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill that would cut funding for the SOA/WHINSEC and review foreign military training in Latin America and its consequences for human rights and civil liberties.
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Clearwater Festival 2007

Alex Nathanson | This past weekend, June 16th and 17th, Clearwater Festival was held in Croton Point Park in the town of Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County. Proceeds from the festival benefit Clearwater, an environmental education research and advocacy group. more...  2 Comments

The “Cloud” over Dick Cheney Just Got Darker!

William Hughes | Lewis “Scooter” Libby is a dark cloud hanging over the head of Dick Cheney. The Special Prosecutor is convinced that Libby lied to protect his boss, the V.P., re: Joe Wilson/Valeri Plame smear. This dark cloud, coupled with the “Nightmare” of impeachment, is Cheney’s new reality. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), et al, via H Res 333, intend to bring Cheney to Justice. It’s time for Rep. John Conyers of the Judiciary Committee to issue the subpoenas.

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Building Bridges Monday:Voices of Iraqi Workers; Battle for Welfare Rights

Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg | WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Monday, June 18, 2007, 7 - 8 p.m. EST, over 99.5 FM
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Canada Votes to Exclude Water from NAFTA

madhatter | Canada Votes to Exclude Water from NAFTA more...  0 Comments


AJLPP-New York | Willie Gaa, Philippine Ambassador to the US wrestled with claims of illegal arrest and detention of Congressman and labor leader Crispin Beltran and United Church of Christ Berlin Guerrero, the unabated political killings of unarmed social activists—at least 850 since Pres. Arroyo took power, and the involvement of the death squads affiliated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, during an open discussion at the Filipino Community Center last Saturday, June 16th.

A member of the Ecumenical Fellowship for Justice and Peace, a church-based human rights group, presented the full page advertisement of the ‘statement of concern’ of the church and labor community, demanding among other things an immediate end to state sponsored political violence and the release of all political prisoners in the Philippines.

When prompted by the comment that nothing seriously is being done by the Philippine government, to stop the attacks on legitimate opposition, Gaa said that at least four people have now been convicted and that the government promotes ‘witness protection program.’ The release of the Melo Commission, he said, is an indication’s of the government’s willingness to resolve the issue. more...  0 Comments

New York Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Karen O'Keefe | New York has a real shot of joining the 12 other states that allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ approval. more...  0 Comments

Hundreds of Thousands March and Reconstruct Barricades in Oaxaca City

Barucha Calamity Peller | JUne 14th one year anniversary-barricades are reconstucted in Oaxaca CIty as thousands march on the capitol more...  0 Comments

Civil suit victory against killer cop in the Bronx!

October 22 Coalition-NY | On June 6, 2007, in the Bronx Supreme Court, a jury of six decided in favor of Juanita Young in the civil suit against New York City in the killing of her son Malcolm Ferguson from seven years ago. After the week and a half trial, the jury deliberated for almost four hours, returning with a verdict that supported Juanita's claims of excessive force by police officer Louis Rivera. The jury awarded Juanita more than what was asked for (her attorney Seth Harris asked for $7.5 million - the jury awarded her $10.5 million. They increased the punitive damage amount from $5m to $7m), a clear msssage that Rivera was in the wrong! more...  0 Comments

Selling PlaNYC With a Mercedes Benz Logo and Promises of Flowers

Paul Schrodt | This was a discussion about selling the city’s PlaNYC for environmental sustainability to the entire public—even influential business owners who may be wary of environmentalism without side benefits. Three officials spoke to the Women’s City Club of New York about how the city will implement the plan, which expects to meet certain goals by 2030, and what problems it might face. more...  1 Comments

Venezuela: The case of RCTV and the fictional democratization of communication

El Libertario' editorial staff | * The Collective of “El Libertario”, Venezuelan anarchist newspaper, makes public its reasoned out position in the debate generated by the case of RCTV, in where the current government imposes a solution where we pass from the meanness that the capitalistic private oligopoly of TV to the dreadful that could be the monopoly of a bureaucratic and authoritarian state. more...  13 Comments

The Beach Gestapo, or, The Gentrification of the Water

Susan Stark | I've loved this ever since I was a little girl in Michigan, swimming in the great, fresh-water lakes that surround the state. And it's the same here in New York, the same beautiful sand, water, waves, and wind. As an adult I swim in the salt-water of the Atlantic.

But one thing I and other New Yorkers could do without are the obsessive and harassing park personnel and policies, otherwise known as the Beach Gestapo.
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Words For Freedom: A Talk With Journalist John Pilger

Paul Schrodt | Prolific and seemingly unshakable, journalist John Pilger has spent the better part of a 49-year-long career—52 documentaries and six books—digging his teeth into the world’s troubled powers, muckraking his way through wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, the Middle East and elsewhere, all the while chronicling the “secret history, which is often very shameful." more...  0 Comments

Brooklyn Cultivates 21st Century Citizens

Gillian M. Kalson | New York City’s asphalt will soon be sprouting leafy lettuce greens and feeding itself, according to Ian Marvy, co-founder of the Red Hook Farm, in Red Hook, Brooklyn (RHF), a sustainable community garden growing and selling over 40 crops while educating people about organic produce and the effect agriculture has on the environment.
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South Bronx Bus Tour Raising a Stink in Hunts Point

Mothers on the Move | This Saturday, June 9, Mothers on the Move (MOM) will take neighbors on a tour of the toxic riverfront site in Hunts Point to investigate: the New York Organic Fertilizer Company (NYOFCO) and the Dep’t of Environmental Protection’s Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant, as well as the DEP's proposed waste processors and Bloomberg's proposed new jail. These projects are opposed by the neighborhood residents, who are demanding a community center. more...  3 Comments

A Light Within (the Heart of Empire): The 2007 US Social Forum

Max Uhlenbeck | While the WSF has come under heavy criticism over recent years, due in part to the increasingly dominant role that the political parties and large multinational NGOs play in the shaping and framing of the event, the USSF got off to an encouraging start when it was announced last year that it would take place in the southern state of Georgia, and that Project South would be one of the groups initially bottom-lining the organizing. more...  2 Comments

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