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Billionaire Land Grab Crashes

Daniel Goldstein | Bruce Ratner’s $4 billion, 22-acre, 16-skyscraper Atlantic Yards proposal is in jeopardy due to a perfect storm: turmoil in the credit markets, the demise of the real estate boom, the astronomical increases in construction material costs, a lack of available tax-free housing subsidies, relentless community opposition and vigorous state and federal litigation. more...  1 Comments

This One Time, At Activist Camp...

Samantha Gorelick and Alex Kane | Want to learn how to change the world without having to set foot in a regular classroom? Opportunities abound this summer. Depending on your tastes, you can find workshops and discussions that range from the very theoretical to the intensely practical, from the urban to the outdoors. more...  1 Comments

What to Expect from the Conventions

Team Colors & the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest | Doubtless, there will be some—perhaps ten, perhaps ten thousand—for whom the conventions are a life-changing experience, and others for whom they will be non-events. We get out of life what we put in. But one has to prioritize—so how important are these conventions, anyway? more...  0 Comments

Army Sgt. Matthis Chiroux Refuses His Deployment to Iraq

Erin Thompson | Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, a 24-year-old who spent nearly five years serving in the U.S. Army, publicly refused his orders to deploy to Iraq today. Chiroux made the statement in the rotunda of the Cannon Building of the House of Representatives, just minutes after 8 members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War testified about the realities of the U.S. occupation of Iraq to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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El Pueblo Unido: Images of May Day 2008

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Photo essay on the immigrant freedom marches and rallies that brought thousands into the streets across New York City, on International Workers Day, May 1, 2008.

From the Brooklyn Bridge to Chinatown to Union Square to ICE, the people united demanding: Stop the Raids & Deportations. Legalization For All Immigrants. Justice For All Workers. Let the people speak for themselves. more...  0 Comments

City Council Members Join PSC Budget Effort to Stop CUNY Cuts

Dorothee Benz/Professional Staff Congress | Fourteen City Council Members joined more than 150 City University of New York (CUNY) faculty, staff and students at a City Hall press conference today calling on the Mayor and the City Council to restore budget cuts to CUNY that the Mayor proposed in his Executive Budget last week, and to provide additional, urgently needed funds for our city’s university. more...  0 Comments

Coalition Against Privatization Protests GHI/HIP Privatization

Coalition Against Privatization | On May 9th, a group of determined protesters gathered in front of the office of State Superintendent of the Insurance Eric Dinallo at 25 Beaver Street in Downtown NYC to oppose the proposed conversion of GHI & HIP to a new for-profit company. more...  4 Comments

Civil Disobedience Pray-In Over Acquittals in Sean Bell Killing (photos)

Jonathan McIntosh | MAR/7/08 - Fueled by outrage over the acquittals of NYPD officers involved with the killing of Sean Bell thousands of people staged a dramatic rally and pray-in at One Police Plaza near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and six other locations in the city. Surrounded by a swarm of reporters and cameras dozens were arrested for civil disobedience while praying in the street including Nicole Paultre-Bell, Joseph Guzman, Trent Benefield and the Reverend Al Sharpton. more...  0 Comments

Calling all students & people in support of Venezuela: Rally May 15 @ Waldorf/Astoria


On May 15 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, a U.S.-backed student spokesperson of the opposition to Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution will receive $500,000 from the right-wing Cato Institute based in Washington, D.C. more...  9 Comments

Jewish 'Schlockettes' Denounce Zionism At Radio City Israel Gala

No Time To Celebrate NYC | A small group of anti-Zionist Jews calling themselves "Schlockettes" and their giant Handala puppet provoked stares, anger and intense conversations at Israel's 60th Anniversary Celebration at Radio City Music Hall last night with a high-kicking musical protest. The group of fifteen sang, danced and performed a cheerleading routine in front and at times in the midst of crowds of attendees waiting in line to enter the event while across the street a separate Palestinian solidarity rally was held. The event was the beginning of two weeks of events through out New York City that Jewish activists have pledged to disrupt under the banner of "It's No Time To Celebrate." more...  2 Comments

Mothers call for Mother’s Day boycott of Israeli settlement-builder Leviev

Adalah-NY | Women distributed the boycott call today at Leviev New York. The call states: M’azuza Abu Rahmeh, a mother from Bil’in, explains, “I hope that on this important day for mothers that no women in the world will have to live through this type of experience and that instead they will live with their families and homes, in security and peace.” Halima Husain, a mother from Jayyous, adds, “I hope that free people around the world will boycott Israel’s occupation and will not support businesses of wealthy Israelis like Leviev who is building the settlement of Zufim, and that they will stand with us to lift this shadow and darkness that hangs over the Palestinian people.” more...  4 Comments

May 1st: Worker's in NYC Protest (Photos)

Thomas Marczewski | Immigrants, union members and workers of all creeds celebrated May 1st with protests and marches throughout NYC. Demanding better rights, access to greater opportunities and safeguards for their neighborhoods demonstrators protested outside of the city hall, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, and congregated at Union Square. more...  1 Comments

US Wide May 1 Mobilizations

May 1 Mobilizations for May 1 | The Coalition in Defense of Immigrants Rights (CDIR) –USA and the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) announced today that mass actions for May 1 will be held in major U.S. cities to commemorate International Workers Day and demand full rights and legalization for all immigrants.

In major cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, Filipino Americans are joining up with their Latino immigrant allies to protest ICE raids and anti-immigrant bashing. They will also demand legalization and full rights for all immigrants.

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Martin and Malcolm Alive in Today's Black Radicalism

Bill Fletcher Jr. | King concluded that it was not enough to win an end to formal segregation or even to win voting rights. For the last two to three years of his life he focused on the intersection of racial justice, economic justice (including his Poor People’s Campaign and support for unionization) and what we would now call global justice (specifically his courageous opposition to the Vietnam War) more...  0 Comments

Community Groups in Harlem Protest Council Members Efforts to Gentrify Their Communities

Movement for Justice in El Barrio | The threat of community displacement and gentrification has been rearing its ugly head across all of Harlem. The three Council Members, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Robert Jackson, and Inez Dickens, who supposedly represent the three districts that make up Harlem: West Harlem, Central Harlem, and East Harlem, have banded together time and again to support gentrification and displacement. more...  1 Comments

We Are All Sean Bell: Images of People's Justice, Part 1

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | "We Are All Sean Bell": Images of the People's Justice March that took the streets of Queens on Friday, April 25, 2008. The spark: The acquittal of the three cops who fired 50 shots into an unarmed Black man on his wedding day in 2007.
The demand: Justice for Sean Bell and All Victims of Police Brutality. Community Control of the Police.

(Part 2 coming soon with images from the breakaway march through Jamaica, Queens) more...  4 Comments

The Indypendent Issue #119: Subprime Color Line

The Indypendent | The latest issue of the Indypendent is out, with a cover story on how the foreclosure crisis is ripping off blacks and seniors. Also, included in the culture section are reviews of movies and books. In addition, a story from Ethiopia on how global climate change is sparking conflict. more...  0 Comments

The Benefit of the Doubt

Kat Aaron | As NYPD rolls out police with machine guns in the subways, police in the Sean Bell shooting are acquitted on all charges. Is the NYPD trying to send a message with the timing of their new Operation Torch? more...  3 Comments

Calls for Justice Are Loud in Sean Bell Case

NYC IMC | Following yesterday morning's announcement of Judge Cooperman's "not guilty on all counts" acquittal verdict of 3 of the 5 NYPD officers involved in the murder of Sean Bell, hundreds gathered in Queens to express their outrage more...  1 Comments

Sounding the Bell for Justice

Yonathan Dessalegn & Amy L. Dalton | On Friday, April 25th, hundreds of outraged protesters converged at the Queens County District Attorney’s office in Kew Gardens, Queens to protest the acquittal of police officers responsible for Sean Bell’s death. From there they walked several miles past Queens Boulevard to the heart of Jamaica, where the shooting took place.
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