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Schedule of Protests in NYC for 3/4 - Spread the word!

media | Here's a list of resources and schedule for March 4th student actions for education in NYC. There will also protests nationwide, including SUNY and most notably in California. Spread the word! more...  15 Comments

Third NYC Encuentro for Dignity & Against Displacement

Movement for Justice in El Barrio | An invitation to: Members and families of organizations, community members, and people of good conscience, who are fighting against displacement in their communities across NYC.

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THIS SUNDAY: Gaza Report Back

The Indypendent | Join us this Sun., Jan. 17, for our Gaza report back, discussion and fundraiser at 5 p.m. at Brecht Forum. more...  7 Comments

Thousands of New Yorkers to March for Gaza December 27

Al-Awda New York | On December 27, 2009, while holiday crowds fill the streets, New Yorkers will hold a massive demonstration in Times Square to commemorate the anniversary of the deadly Israeli assault against the Palestinians of Gaza.
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Presente: Images from Protests vs. Colombian President Uribe on His Visit to NYC

Mike GW | Yesterday, September 24, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia was in town for the UN General Assembly. By noon, a picket line was up at his hotel. Protesters would hold half of a block of Central Park South for the next two hours while they leafleted, chanted, sang, and spoke against the presence of President Uribe in our city. more...  0 Comments

An Art Gallery on Christopher Street Looks Back

Julia Dunn | The Chair and the Maiden Art Gallery, near the Stonewall Inn, portrays Suzanne Poli's work from the Stonewall Riots 40 years ago to today's pride parades and held a reception for the artist on Thursday June 25 while displaying the images the week leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. more...  0 Comments

Iraq Vets Against the War Send Letter to Schieffer, Plan Protest at Hofstra Univ. Debate

NYC IMC/IVAW | Iraq Veterans Against the War is asking supporters to assemble "starting
2:30 pm" at Hempstead LIRR station, which means getting on either the 1:37
PM train from NY Penn Station (41st & 8th) OR the 1:37 PM train from the
Flatbush LIRR station at the Atlantic-Pacific subway stop (#2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to
Atlantic or N, R, M to Pacific). Most other trains to Hempstead take between 51
and 60 minutes from either station.

There will still be greeters at Hempstead station well after that time .

LIRR Hempstead train sched.

From Matthis Chiroux...

Dear Mr Schieffer,

I'm writing you today as a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War to make
clear the details of a demonstration we will be leading Oct. 15th at Hofstra
University prior to the final presidential debate and what our demands are and
will be.

We in IVAW demand that two of our members, myself and Kristofer Goldsmith, be
permitted entry to the debate and be allowed to ask each candidate one question.
If this demand is not agreed to IN FULL by 7 p.m. EST on the 15th, members of
IVAW will lead a large contingent of veterans and our supporters on a
NON-VIOLENT procession to the debate center and are prepared to risk arrest
and/or bodily harm attempting to enter to have our voices heard. (This action
will look very similar to our marches at the DNC and RNC which were widely
covered in the media and on youtube, should you wish to see what's coming.)

As the economy has continued its downhill slide this election season, the issue
of Iraq has been pushed further and further away from peoples' minds, as
well the platforms of the candidates. In addition, little to no attention has
been paid this election season to the abysmal failure of the Veterans
Administration to adequately care for our returning troops and their families
and how we can work as a nation to fix this problem.

As a result, more and more veterans are falling into debt, starving, going
homeless and killing themselves while the government REFUSES to allocate
sufficient funds for our much needed and deserved care while simultaneously
lining the pockets of the richest with $700 billion in taxpayer (including
servicemembers and veterans) money.

Such blatant betrayals of our services and sacrifices cannot go unaddressed by
IVAW, thus we will have our voices heard on the issues one way or the other, be
it from inside the debate hall, or be it to a hoard of domestic and
international press outside the event who have already expressed great interest
in and dedication to covering our demonstration.

What yourself and the candidates must decide now, Mr. Schieffer, is what the
legacy of this debate will be. Will this be remembered as an event where both
sides of the isle and the media came together to hear from our nation's
heroes, even if only for five minutes, or will the words and promises of both
candidates be forever shrouded in the image of a host of uniformed veterans and
their supporters going to jail because these campaigns cared too little to hear
from them?

Again, we are dedicated to 100% non-violence during this demonstration and will
resist no arrest. However, we will NOT, I repeat, we will NOT back down, be intimidated or moved in any way shape or form until our demands are met or we
are arrested.

I am attaching a press release we have been distributing for our action world
wide. Should you have any questions or wish to arrange entrance ahead of time
for our two members, contact me at*******.

I thank you for your time, sir, and look forward to meeting you in person.

For honor and

Matthis Chiroux

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will lead non-violent
demonstrations at Hofstra University prior to the final presidential debate Oct.
15 to demand two IVAW members be allowed to ask each candidate one question.

Should IVAW's demands not be met in full by 7 p.m., members of the
organization are willing to risk arrest by entering the debate to have their
voices heard by the candidates.

IVAW intends to "force the issue" that servicemembers and veterans
are not being heard or cared for by our leaders. The next president should make
caring for our wounded military a top domestic priority, in addition to ending
the war in Iraq.

"Right now there are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan going homeless,
hungry, into debt and contemplating suicide," said Matthis Chiroux, an IVAW
member from Brooklyn. "But the government says we don't have the money
care for those war heroes, so the V.A. continues its mission underfunded and
understaffed. But now we've found almost a trillion to bail out banks?
Where's the humanity in this?"

IVAW is currently working to contact debate moderator Bob Schieffer to make its
demands known.

"I watched the first debate the other night, for which the topic was
supposed to be 'foreign policy', yet it took 34 minutes before the words
'Iraq' or 'Veteran' left either candidates' mouths,"
said Kris Goldsmith, an IVAW member from Long Island. "I'm not
convinced that either Obama or McCain care about what is most important to
today's military and veterans. IVAW is committed to changing that."

Participants should begin assembling at the Hempstead Long Island Railroad
station at 2:30 p.m. At five, we will "walk" to Hempstead University
for further demonstrations.

IVAW was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 to allow
servicemen and
women from all branches of the military a chance to come together and speak out
against an unjust, unwinnable and illegal occupation. Today, IVAW has over 1,300
members in 49 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada, and on military bases in the
U.S. and overseas, including Iraq.

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Get Out the Pitchforks and Lighted Torches: Protest at Wall St. This Thursday at 4 p.m.

John Tarleton | This week the White House is going to try to push through the biggest
robbery in world history with nary a stitch of debate to bail out the Wall
Street bastards who created this economic apocalypse in the first place.

This is the financial equivalent of September 11. They think, just like
with the Patriot Act, they can use the shock to force through the
“therapy,” and we’ll just roll over! more...  2 Comments

Protests Continue in the Wake of 'Killer Cops' Acquittal

Soozy Duncan | A crowd of 50 protesters took it to the streets on Thursday afternoon, in what has been one of many protests following the complete acquittal of 3 police officers in the shooting death of Sean Bell. Bell, age 23, was killed in a hail of 50 police bullets on November 25, 2006, the morning of what would have been his wedding day. On April 25, 2008, the 3 officers indicted in the killing were acquitted on each of the 8 counts which had been brought against them for the incident. more...  0 Comments

Coalition initiates coordinated blockades in response to Sean Bell verdict

Amy L. Dalton | "If you're not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you're going to have to lock up the innocent," declared the Rev. Al Sharpton as he and other religious and community leaders, at the request of the family of Sean Bell, announced plans for a series of traffic blockades. In response, people converged on a half-dozen selected intersections, some intent on arrests and others to support. Here are pictures from the action that began at Varick & Houston Streets, marched slowly for a half mile along a route that was not disclosed in advance to those gathered, and stopped to block two adjacent intersections at Hudson & Canal, resulting in nearly two dozen arrests. Representing in colors were the NAACP and SEIU. more...  4 Comments

Howard Zinn Speaks in New York City

NYC IMC | Howard Zinn's A People's History of American Empire

New York, New York
Cooper Union: Great Hall
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Pics from PDC Free Mumia rally, March 28, downtown NYC

Aman Gill | A demonstration called by the Partisan Defense Committee on March 28, 2008, near City Hall in Manhattan rallied support for activist Mumia Abu-Jamal in the wake of a recent court decision against him. On March 27, 2008, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Mumia Abu-Jama's conviction of murder. The ruling, should it withstand appeal, disallows further challenges to the conviction despite a preponderance of evidence pointing to Mumia's innocence and to a police misconduct in investigating and prosecuting the case. It leaves Mumia facing two stark choices: life in prison or death by execution. more...  5 Comments

NYers protest Leviev's Israeli settlements, commemorating Palestinian "Land Day"

Adalah-NY | Forty New Yorkers commemorated the Palestinian national holiday Land Day Saturday with the eighth protest at the Madison Avenue jewelry store of Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev. The protest included songs, theater and testimonials from villages threatened by Leviev’s settlements. Land Day marks Palestinians' ties to their land, in defiance of Israeli efforts to displace them.
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Park Avenue Protest of Fundraiser for the Israeli Military

Soozy Duncan | A mixed group of approximately 200 activists chanted, waving signs and flags, outside the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday evening, protesting the $1000-a-plate fundraiser which was being held. more...  3 Comments

Coalition of Groups Call For End to Colombian Civil War, U.S. Aid to Uribe

Alex Kane | An estimated 130 people held a demonstration against the Colombian government on Thursday, March 6, 2008. The protest was held at East 57th Street and Lexington Ave. The demonstrators voiced opposition to various injustices perpetrated by the government of Alvaro Uribe Velez, the President of Colombia. The demonstrators were united in their calls for peace and an end to the civil war that has lasted for over 35 years. more...  3 Comments

Iraq Moratorium Event Targets Military Recruitment in El Barrio

Alex Kane | The event in New York City was held outside a military recruitment center in East Harlem on 103rd Street and Lexington Ave. A coalition of anti-war groups, including Code Pink NYC, World Can’t Wait and the Harlem Revolution Club, participated in the action that drew between 30-40 people. more...  5 Comments

New York & London protesters call for Valentine’s boycott of Leviev over Israeli

Adalah-NY | Facing the shop window at LEVIEV New York which was emblazoned with the words “Celebrate Love with Leviev” in pink, the New York protesters carried red, heart-shaped signs saying “Settlements are Heartless,” “Have a Heart Leviev” and “Won’t You be Just.” more...  9 Comments

Discuss & Debate the 2008 Elections in Red Hook Thursday

Indy Person | The 2008 elections are upon us, whether we like it or not. So, who's up? Who's Down? What does it all mean? And how can progressives and radicals best respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the presidential elections? Indypendent contributors Jessica Lee, Arun Gupta, Steven Wishnia and Nicholas Powers will be discussing all of this and more at Freebird Books on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Freebird Books in Red Hook. Freebird Books is located at 123 Columbia near Kane. Nearest subway stop is the F train at Bergen St. more...  1 Comments

Harlem Community Forum Blasts Bloomberg's Gentrification Plan

Alex Kane | A “Harlem Community Forum” organized by Nellie Hester Bailey, director of the Harlem Tenants Council, was held on January 23 at the Ambrose Church on West 130th Street. Around 60 people came out to the event, which was billed as a response to the Bloomberg proposal to rezone 125th Street in Central Harlem. The six panelists touched on a diversity of issues including race, gentrification and the connection between this proposal and the Columbia University planned gentrification of West Harlem. more...  6 Comments

NYC Indymedia Open House!

NYC IMC | NYC Indymedia Open House This Tuesday at 7pm! Our office is located at 4 W. 43rd St.(btw 5th and 6th Ave.) Suite 311. To find out more, call 212-221-0521 more...  0 Comments

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

NYC IMC | MLK Day March Against Wage Slavery, IAC March Against Racism, 23rd Annual MLK Day Celebration. more...  3 Comments

Obama, race and the African American community

Alex Kane | Around 75 people gathered at the Ambrose Church on West 130th Street in Harlem for a discussion organized by the Harlem Tenants Council on race, the African American community and Barack Obama. Activists from a variety of causes including police brutality, housing and political prisoners talked about what the candidacy of Obama meant to the black community. more...  5 Comments

NY Human Rights Carolers Debut Songs Protesting Leviev’s Israeli Settlements

Adalah-NY | A diverse group of enthusiastic participants sang loud and creative versions of 11 traditional holiday songs. Carolers serenaded upscale Madison Avenue shoppers and New York City police with the debut performance of “I Made a Little Settlement” to the tune of “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”:

“Apartments for Jews only, Discrimination, sure!
He thinks Palestine's the problem, and Apartheid is the cure!”

“Oh boycott boycott boycott, Don't buy Leviev today
Funds crime with all that profit, Who needs diamonds anyway?”
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Friends and Family of Daniel McGowan Mark 2nd Anniversary of Green Scare

Alex Kane | Around two-dozen members of Friends and Family of Daniel McGowan and others braved the cold and held a demonstration on Herald Square, at West 34th Street and 6th Ave., marking the two year anniversary of Operation Backfire and the Green Scare. The protest started at 1 pm and lasted till about 2:30 pm, and was held in the middle of a shopping mayhem atmosphere, with hundreds pouring into Macy’s. more...  1 Comments

Despite Protest, Dershowitz Funds Occupation.

Adalah-NY | New York, NY, Dec. 8 - Wealthy Madison Avenue holiday shoppers were greeted Saturday afternoon by boisterous music and dancing, as 60 New Yorkers protested in a growing campaign to boycott Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev over his settlement construction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Participants performed a joyous dabke, a traditional Palestinian dance, and chanted to music from the eight-piece Rude Mechanical Orchestra. During the protest, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz entered LEVIEV New York and emerged to jeers as he displayed a LEVIEV shopping bag to the crowd.
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Fighting for Justice, One Building at a Time

Stephanie Basile | Movement for Justice in El Barrio has been fighting the effects of neoliberalism in East Harlem. Two years ago they decided to connect their struggles to struggles all over the globe when they became adherents to the Zapatistas' Sixth Declaration. They recently conducted a presentation explaining their own work and their relationship to the Zapatistas. more...  3 Comments

Adalah-NY Responds to Leviev, Plans Additional Protest

Adalah-NY | “Leviev claims that we are ignorant of his activities. We know that he is destroying West Bank Palestinian communities like Bil’in and Jayyous with the Israeli settlements his companies are building,” said Ethan Heitner of Adalah-NY. “The five settlements where he has built homes threaten to derail the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that started in Annapolis last week. They carve the West Bank into disconnected enclaves, seize valuable resources, and isolate Jerusalem, rendering the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible. Leviev’s philanthropy in other parts of the world is small compensation for his contribution to inflaming arguably the world’s most important political conflict.”
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Empty Buildings, Crowded Shelters

Supporter | On November 26th, Picture the Homeless and the Charles H. Revson Fellowship co-sponsored a panel at Columbia University entitled "Empty Buildings, Crowded Shelters." A packed house came to hear about the intersections of homelessness, housing policy, and vacant property. more...  2 Comments

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