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Mayday plus one - save Children's Magical Garden

JK Canepa | Gerson wants to see if the community wants to save the Children's Magical Garden, the only garden I know of that's dedicated just for children in the city, and one of the very very few in the Lower East Side below Houston Street. He wants to know if he should ask Serge Hoyda, the developer who owns 1/3 of the garden, to keep the existing garden as is by donation or exchange for the land, making all the children very happy! Or if we'd be just as happy to have the garden bulldozed by Serge, and replaced with an apartment building with over 70% luxury units.
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Man shot at Kent State says tape may reveal order to fire

madhatter | Man shot at Kent State says tape may reveal order to fire more...  0 Comments

Greece: The student movement appears dead but it is has only adapted

Aris Oikonomou | The movement against education reforms that have lasted almost a year have according to some has died. However according to students themselves they are only adapting to the new conditions. They are very alive, of course tired but alive. Ahead they have student elections, the application of the reforms already voted and the resistance to new ones. The privatization the Greek education system will be that easy more...  0 Comments

DEMOCRACY AT WORK?

Thomas Riggins | Despite mass support for gun control Congress is sitting on its hands. more...  3 Comments

UNCIVIL SERVICE municipal forced labor in New York City

Gregory A. Butler, local 608 carpenter | Why does a city with the strongest civil service unions in the nation operate the largest forced labor programs in America - WEP and the so called "community service program"? more...  0 Comments

Massacre in Mogadishu—war crime made in the USA

By Bill Van Auken | The brutal military siege against the Somali capital of Mogadishu constitutes a war crime for which the US government bears the principal responsibility.

While the mass media in the US itself has largely averted its eyes from the carnage, Ethiopian military units, backed and advised by Washington, have unleashed an intense bombardment of Mogadishu’s crowded and impoverished urban neighborhoods, killing and wounding thousands and turning hundreds of thousands more into homeless refugees.

This latest round of fighting has pitted the US-backed Ethiopian forces and, in a lesser role, forces loyal to the so-called Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of former warlord Abdullahi Yusuf against supporters of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which had administered the city and much of southern Somalia before the US-backed Ethiopian invasion last December. The siege follows a similar Ethiopian offensive against Mogadishu three weeks ago in which more than 1,000 people were killed, the great majority of them—then as now—civilians. more...  0 Comments

What’s Really in the Flake-Gutierrez (STRIVE) Act?

Marcial Castro | Many traditional immigrant rights organizations are putting enormous pressure on grass roots groups to support the “Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act” (STRIVE). This proposal, put forward by Democrats Jeff Flake (AZ) and Luis Gutierrez (IL), is being presented as a “lesser evil” and “the best we can get”. While on the surface it isn’t as overtly aggressive as Sensenbrenner’s HR4437, this remains an enforcement-first bill and offers little or nothing to immigrant workers and their families.

ImmigrantsThis is not what millions of immigrant workers marched for last spring. This is not why hundreds of grass roots organizations were formed across the country in order to fight for unconditional legalization for all.

Far from unconditional legalization for all, the STRIVE Act imposes many conditions, restrictions, and fines in order for immigrant workers to achieve even partial legal status, let alone full rights for all, and excludes millions.

It indefinitely delays any legalization program until the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certifies to Congress that new systems to make immigration document verification more secure are ready to use; that a new Electronic Employment Verification System has been implemented; and that new border surveillance technology has been adopted and implemented. more...  0 Comments

Wonderland Down Under: Snoop Dogg refused visa

dingo | Upside-down logic in the land down under

Internationally known racist, war criminal, Iraqi holocaust denier and coward prime minister of Australia, John Howard stated that [black] entertainer Snoop Dogg had been banned from entering Australia for “sound reasons … I have to be careful what I say in these matters but he has been ... well there are certain judgments that are made on certain advice that I can't go into, but the reasons for banning him are sound," said Howard. Perhaps the black rapper is also a HIV carrier and votes Democrat! Howard recently levelled more criticism on US Democrats in relation to the war in Iraq. The absurdity and hypocrisy of Howard’s behaviour is reaching levels unimagined by even his most fervent critics. more...  2 Comments

OSHA FALLS DOWN ON JOB

Thomas Riggins | OSHA has left the regulation of worker's safety up to the corporations on the basis of 'voluntary compliance." more...  0 Comments

The John Jay College Student Work Brigade Manifesto of New Orleans

The John Jay College Student Work Brigade | During Spring Break 2007, from April 1 through April 10, a group of thirty (30) people from New York City participated in the John Jay College Student Work Brigade to New Orleans with the intention of living up to John Jay College's mission: "Educating for Justice." more...  0 Comments

Who Killed Dr. Graham?

Sander Hicks, The New York Megaphone | The conviction of Bush advisor Lewis Libby shows that we’re dealing with a yet-to-be determined level of opportunistic criminality in the Bush White House. The new book by former Federal Prosecutor Elizabeth De La Vega, United States vs. George Bush, et al. (Seven Stories, 2006) makes a strong legal case for a Federal Grand Jury indictment of the Bush Administration for knowingly hoodwinking public opinion into supporting the Iraq bloodbath. The 9/11 attack was the stimulus the Bush administration needed to fulfill its documented obsession with wars of foreign aggression. more...  0 Comments

The Mad Professor

Robert Brennan, The New York Megaphone | None of us will be around to argue whether there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans in the later days of the 21st century if we don’t have clean air to breathe. We simply must use clean energy and more biodiesel, and use more bikes and fewer cars, now. more...  2 Comments

Bush regime should surrender to nation

D. Shays | It is the far-right neocons in the White House who should surrender to the citizens of the U.S. for their crimes against this nation and humanity as a whole. more...  0 Comments

ImPEACHment fever spreads!

WSQT Guerrilla Radio 87.9 FM in DC | Gonna take it to the country, gonna impeach me a President! All over the US, impeachment fever is spreading. With Kucinich introducing articles of impeachment against Cheney, the isue is now on the table for discussion, over dinner or otherwise.
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The Copy/South Reader Response Project vs. WIPO's IP Day

The Copy/South Research Group | To mark World Intellectual Property Day (26 April), the Copy/South
Research Group calls on you to take up its slogan --'Encouraging
Creativity'-- and send in your creative thoughts and opinions on the
role of copyright law and ideology in the countries of the global South.
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Travesty of War: Lest we Forget

peptide | For reasons too numerous to cite, I weep as I write this piece. Today is the highly emotive, for Aussies and Kiwis, ANZAC day – a day of remembrance and commemoration for those who desperately seek a national identity in a modern alienated society. There is NOTHING whatsoever to glorify in War. WAR is the lowest form of human expression; those who glorify it deserve our unrelenting critical attention. Those who attempt to exploit highly emotive and largely mythologised events deserve to be questioned, what are their real intentions? more...  0 Comments

Mumia Abu-Jamal Rally on April 24 Spotlights May 17 Oral Arguments

Abu-Jamal-News.com | On April 24, supporters of black death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal gathered in Philadelphia to celebrate Mumia’s birthday, and to publicize the upcoming oral arguments before the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on May 17, for which Mumia’s international support network has called for a mass demonstration. more...  0 Comments

New Subpoenas in Bush Scandals May Come Tomorrow

David Roknich | 4 new subpoenas will be considered on Wednesday, April 25th 2007 by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Their central theme is the mishandling of information by the White House, at times in clear violation of federal law. A summary... more...  0 Comments

Community junta for May 1st:ONE YEAR LATER--April 28

Art For Change & Carlitos Cafe-East Harlem | Please join us for two days of community planning and art-making in preparation for the May 1st immigrant rights march. This is a day where we will be producing creative work that reflects and comments on the current immigration struggles in New York and the U.S. at large. There will be workshops offered by the artists exhibiting their work and invited guests. The artwork made at this Junta will be put on display at the Carlitos Cafe and/or used during the march. Feel free to invite friends and family of all ages to this special event. more...  0 Comments

Dancing With Myself

J. Alexander Nixon, The New York Megaphone | While he was mayor, Rudy Giuliani implemented his “quality of life campaign” which presumably was meant to make NYC a prettier, happier place to live. He tried to cut down on things like graffiti and jumping the subway turnstile. Because the cabaret laws were already on the books (but hadn’t been enforced in years), Giuliani simply beefed up enforcement. As a result, “Guiliani Time” caused a lot of bars and clubs to be fined or closed down. By 2002, of the 4,811 city venues with liquor licenses, only 276 were licensed cabarets where people were allowed to dance. more...  0 Comments

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