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An Interview with NY Gubornatorial Candidate and Rebel Howie Hawkins

Maslauskas | An August 28 interview with NY gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. Hawkins is a cofounder of the US green Party, a Teamster truck unloader for UPS in Syracuse, a member of the IWW and lifelong organizer and activist for progressive and radical change. In the interview Hawkins discusses his campaign, his history as an activist, the environment, Great Recession, labor, socialism and the need for an alternative in this country.

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Amadi Ajamu | NYC Councilman Chares Barron is running for Governor, Buffalo's highly awarded educator/historian Eva Doyle for Lt. Governor and the Harvard educated attorney and former Administrative Judge, Ramon Jimenez is the candidate for Attorney General - November 2, 2010 elections. more...  6 Comments

Green Party Nominates Clark, Lawrence for US Senate; Willebrand Comptroller

Mark Dunlea | Gloria Mattera, a long time peace activist from Brooklyn was nominated to run for Lt. Governor on a ticket with Syracuse labor activist Howie Hawkins ( Colia Clark was nominated to run for the US Senate seat presently held by Chuck Schumer, while Cecile Lawrence was picked to fill out the Senate seat previously held by Hillary Clinton. Julia Willebrand, a long time environmental activist from Manhattan who received more than 117,000 votes for Comptroller four years ago, was chosen to run for that seat again. more...  4 Comments

Glad I Ran

Rev. Billy Talen | One part of our city is at war with the rest of us, and tries to normalize this violence with thousands of hours of family-friendly images of happy leaders. But we still have the basics of free speech, the immanence of gestures and language in our bodies. That’s why the police study us so hard – we are considered incendiary in our flesh. We could do anything. And in fact, gatherings of people in their physical form in public space – that is how history’s change has always arrived.
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Freedom Socialist Party letter on the 2009 NYC elections

Harlem | Freedom Socialist Party Open Letter on the 2009 New York City Elections more...  0 Comments

The Heckler

Rev. Billy Talen | Three weeks to go to the election. Last night I interrupted Mike Bloomberg’s opening statement in the debate. Three words into his first sentence I stood up, inhaled, and let out a preacher’s wail, the summit of years of loud practice. My words must have been whole. Every person on stage was frozen in an open-mouthed snapshot of surprise.
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It's Our Democracy, Stupid!

Rev. Billy Talen | The only issue is Democracy and all the other issues become important after we’ve talked out our facts and our positions in a democratic way. That’s because we are citizens, not consumers. more...  5 Comments

Tackling 9/11 Questions at the Ballot Box!

Sander Hicks | On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (“NYC CAN”) filed petitions for a referendum to create an independent investigation of 9/11/01.

The group, led by Victims’ Families, submitted 52,000 signatures to the City of New York. The new Commission would be independently funded, yet have legal authority from the City Council. If approved, New York City voters will be able to vote on this in the City-wide elections this November. more...  18 Comments

Toussaint slate has "lost the local" says opposition leader Steve Downs

Steve Downs | It's been more than a week since the ballots were counted in the election for convention delegates and the Local still hasn't posted the results. But United Invincible has a leaflet out claiming victory. They're working hard to spin the outcome without showing the numbers. Just one more example of their disrespect for the membership. more...  0 Comments

Photos: Rally Against Hondouras Military Coup (29 JUN 2009)

Andrew Hinderaker | Rally in NYC to support democratically elected Zelaya and denounce the Honduras coup. more...  2 Comments


Rev. Billy Talen | Our intuition tells us that naked neighbors dancing as Mermaids down Surf Avenue is the best defense against the developers’ visions of Coney Mall… more...  1 Comments

A Question Over Iran: Can the People Make History or Not?

By Mike Ely | The Kasama Project | There is a self-deceptive politics (among some leftists) that seeks to prettify all kinds of reactionary forces that (for one reason or another) are in opposition to U.S. imperialism — including Islamic reactionaries, Kim Jung Il, “hardline” revisionists of the Li Peng and Eric Honecker type and so on. And in the process they have a real, almost startling, hostility toward sections of the people who rise up in important if still-inarticulate ways. My sense is that such politics arise from a despair over actually developing our own revolutionary forces — and a resigned assumption that we have no other alternative but to fall behind any forces (ugly, oppressive, reactionary or not) who (one way or another) who seem to be on America’s shit list.


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Taking it Beneath the Streets: Reverend Billy Campaigns on the F Train

Jacob Scheier | Mayoral Green Party candidate Billy Talen, better known as Reverend Billy, took his gospel of an affordable, neighborhood friendly New York City under ground this past Thursday. That is, in an performance-action entitled “F the Fare Hike,” Talen rode the F train from Broadway-Lafayette Street station to Jamaica Street in Queens to Coney Island, preaching all the while against the recently announced public transportation fare hike, and criticizing the tactics of his mayoral race rival, incumbent Michael Bloomberg. more...  14 Comments

Bill the Billionaire

Steven Wishnia, John Tarleton, and Alex Kane | Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy re-election to a third term. The city’s economic and media power elites have already anointed him. more...  8 Comments

The Church of Stop Bloomberg

Jacob Scheier | It’s hard to imagine someone as different from New York’s current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, as performance-activist William Talen (a.k.a. Reverend Billy), who recently announced his mayoral candidacy on the Green Party ticket. more...  5 Comments


NYCLAW -- New York City Labor Against the War | Chicago Protest: U.S. Out of Middle East Now "This is the first speak out of this sort [that I know of] since Obama has been elected." more...  0 Comments


NYCLAW -- New York City Labor Against the War | If there is a happy ending to the Groundhog Day of repeated wars and plunder, it may well be found in the very mass movement whose enthusiasts registered voters and knocked on doors and brought Obama to power. Will they now be satisfied as spectators to the cynicism of "continuity"? more...  0 Comments

Venezuela Headlines #64

Michael Fox | Colombian Consul Removed from Venezuela for Supporting the Opposition - Suspect Arrested in the Labor Leader Assassinations - Corruption Investigation Continues Against Former Venezuelan Governor Rosales - Cemex takes Venezuela to World Bank Arbitration - Gallup Poll: Venezuelans More Satisfied Than Other Latin Americans - Venezuelan Parliament to Approve Referendum on Presidential Term Limit more...  0 Comments

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