What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us
Dave Lindorff | There is an bill in Congress to investigate Bush for impeachable crimes. Did you know that? If not, maybe you should be asking your local media outlets why you don’t know about it.
Images: Times-Up Memorial Bike Ride
fred askew | Photographs from the Times-Up Memorial Bike Ride
Coup payoff in Haiti: Batay Ouvriye get US $100,000 Grant
Haiti Action | Recently declassified National Endowment for Democracy (NED) documents reveal that a "leftist" workers' organization, Batay Ouvriye (BO), which promoted and called for the overthrow of the constitutionally elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was the targeted beneficiary of a US $99,965 NED grant routed through the AFL-CIO's American Center for International Solidarity (ACILS). Listed in NED's "Summary of Projects Approved in FY 2005" for Haiti, the grant states, "ACILS will work with the May 1st Union Federation- Batay Ouvriye [ESPM-BO] to train workers to organize and educate fellow workers."
how much is enough? enough
Murdock Todd Cote | Read and learn
Impeach the Liar-in-Chief
populist | Our Founding Fathers would not have approved of Bush concerning his honesty or his abuse of the powers of his office.
The CIA in Poland Again; Did the CIA lend a Hand to the Central/East European Purge Trials?
reprint of William Blum by bob mcglynn | OPERATION SLPINTER FACTOR:
The CIA has been accused recently of secretly transiting prisoners to Poland and Romainia for interogation. It turns out that CIA doings in East/Central Europe had an additional sinister past; Did the CIA lend a Hand to the muderous Post-War Communist Central/East European Purge Trials?
Sander Hicks Running for Governor
please come out to Vox Pop 1/13/06 because:
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER/AUTHOR SANDER HICKS RUNS FOR GOVERNOR
Maverick Media Activist is a Hot Contender for the New York Green Party’s Nomination
On Friday, January 13th, at 7 PM, media maverick Sander Hicks will take the stage at Vox Pop, his fair-trade, union-shop, coffeehouse, and announce his run for the Governorship of New York State. A member of the Green Party, and a New Yorker since 1991, Hicks will announce his three-point platform, a vision of “Peace, Truth and Sanity.”
As founder of two independent media companies, Hicks vowed to continue his fight against the corporate consolidation of big media, a monopoly that deprives people of the information they need to make sound choices.
The Nazis at Nuremburg were prosecuted for wars of aggression. To keep the New York National Guard on the right side of the law, as governor, Hicks will recall them from the illegal occupation of Iraq.
Hicks’ program calls for an independent investigation into the 9/11 attack, through a new Governor/Attorney General’s Joint Task Force to work with citizen’s watch groups and Hicks’s own contacts among members of Congress. Hicks vowed to make New York State a leader in Universal Healthcare. As an anti-racist activist for Long Island coalition UPSERJ, Hicks learned how to dismantle the institutional racism and anti-immigrant hate that continues to damage the American social fabric. In fact, Hicks believes that the racism that the USA has been plagued with historically has only been exacerbated by the era of fear, paranoia, and down-sized civil liberties ushered in by the 9/11 attacks.
Hicks vows to fight economic inequality through State-sponsored entrepreneurship training and seed capital. “As a two-time entrepreneur, I have been shocked at how little support the State’s ‘Small Business Services’ provide.” With a Teddy Roosevelt-esque trust-busting spirit, Hicks goes a step further, “Our economy is increasingly built up against the little guy, the mom and pop shops. We’ve got to stop our towns and cities from giving tax breaks to the big box stores and the Wal-Marts, which are crushing the life out of the system. This economy thrives on competition and quality service, not by giving breaks to the mega-corporations.”
Hicks testified recently to the New York State Board of Elections on the issue of electronic voting machines, which are on the verge of coming to New York state. “We must fight election fraud in New York. We have to refuse insecure electronic voting machines. On my recent book tour, people nation-wide told me how terrified they are about losing their power, their ability to vote.”
Hicks doesn’t mince words about current Gubernatorial front-runner, NY Attorney General Elliott Spitzer, “Spitzer showed his true colors when he stopped investigating corporate corruption on Wall Street. Activists in New York City begged Spitzer to undertake a real investigation into 9/11, into the homicide of almost 3,000 people, and yet he refused. He started out idealistic and crusading, but he's turned into political mush.”
On January 13th, Hicks will be joined on stage by folksinger Holley Anderson, and political comedian Ravi Kisoon.
Hicks is nationally-known thanks to Cinemax movie “Horns and Halos” which documented his gutsy media battle against G.W. Bush from 1999-2001, fought through Hicks’ re-publishing of a controversial Bush biography, Fortunate Son. The book was the first to point out the connection between the Bush and Bin Laden families, and on 9/11, it proved painfully prescient.
More info: www.hicksforgovernor.com, www.sanderhicks.com, www.voxpopnet.net
Sander Hicks is one of the most colorful media activists of his generation. He has appeared on HBO/Cinemax numerous times over the past couple years in the independent publishing saga, “Horns and Halos” which documented Hicks’s heroic attempts to get the truth out about G.W.Bush. His new book, The Big Wedding (Vox Pop, 2005) breaks new ground on the little-known history that lead to 9/11, and on the US intelligence whistle-blowers who tried to stop it. Hicks has written feature articles for the Long Island Press, reviewed the 9/11 Commission Report for the New York Press, and broke key news stories on INN World Report Television (FSTV, Dish Network). From 2001-2002 he worked as an anti-poverty activist for UPSERJ, on Long Island. In 1996, he founded Soft Skull Press, Inc. He has worked on Wall Street, as a playwright for Playwrights Horizons and New Dramatists, and as a shift manager at Kinko’s. He was recently elected, in a landslide, to lead the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association, in Flatbush, Brooklyn. There, in Flatbush, with his wife Holley Anderson, he runs Vox Pop/DKMC a media company and coffeehouse. Hicks and Anderson are proud parents of their son, Coleman Elias Anderson Hicks.
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The Terrorist Worker
Nicholas Powers | The subway strike of 2005 can be summed up by a phrase, “black workers are Evil Doers.” When the Transit Workers Union 100, a majority Caribbean-Latino-Asian-African American local walked off the job, the media immediately fused images of criminals and terrorists to the picketing workers.
Reform and revolution
Sam Marcy | What has made the Cuban Revolution unique? Why is it such a beacon to the workers and oppressed masses, not only of Latin America and the Caribbean but around the world?
There have been many uprisings, guerrilla wars, progressive electoral victories and military coups in Latin America in the course of this century. But the triumph of Fidel Castro's guerrilla army over the Batista dictatorship did something that no previous struggle had accomplished.
The Mayor Has No Clothes: Bloomberg's Crime Myths
Sean Nortz | The only reason many people ignore these unsavory aspects of Bloomberg's administration is the oft-repeated myth that he has drastically reduced crime and made this city the safest in the country.
But some recent and criminally ignored articles by Paul Moses from the Village Voice make this argument highly questionable and unveil a system of corruption and deceit established with the aim of fixing New York City's crime statistics.
Why the TWU strike was an historic event
Milt Neidenberg | The strike will resonate far beyond this city, particularly among the more oppressed, low-paid multinational workers—including many women and immigrants—who suffer intensified deprivation and indignities. Because of the strike, TWU Local 100 and its leaders came out stronger, with a contract they can live with and their dignity intact. Considering that it came during the most relentless and protracted attack on the labor movement, this was the biggest and best thing that has happened in years. That makes it an historic event.
Asylum America: Bush’s Charade
cleaves | Pat Robertson, noted American Christian fundamentalist and mental deficient, claims that Ariel Sharon is being punished by God for “dividing” Israel. Pat Robertson remains in ‘care’ and is happy to reside in the most affluent psychiatric institution in the world, the USA.
IRS tracked politcal party affiliation
posted by keeley | As it hunted down tax scofflaws, the Internal Revenue
Service collected information on the political party affiliations of
taxpayers in 20 states.
Pornographer supports our troops, gets more than he bargined for
gonz3000 | A well camouflaged free-speech fight has been brewing in Polk County, FL, for the last few months. Like many an exercise in First Amendment rights, it involves a pornographer. But, this time around, righteous indignation at naked boobies is a means to an ends.
Wrong Doers Versus Whistleblowers: How Patriots Act
Mary La Rosa | Remorse and religion is the standard of those representatives pleading guilty to government bribes and lies. Courage and conviction is the standard of American whistleblowers, Sibel Edmonds and Bunnatine Greenhouse. Is there a Patriot Act that can protect whistleblowers and reflect the standards of how patriots are free to act?
The Last Straw?.........It Should Be!
messenger | The administration is saying that huge damage was done to our
intelligence gathering capabilities by the person who leaked the
story to the NY Times.
Christiane Amanpour Vanishes From Transcriptland
Chris Anderson | Less than a week ago, the New York Times published a lengthy article on the ways that the Internet is changing the news industry. Among the many practices mentioned was the opportunity for both sources and TV news organizations to publish complete transcripts of interviews online, even if only a fraction of the interview appeared in the time-crunched broadcast. As the Times noted, "some news outlets are posting transcripts of their interviews with newsmakers, and some reporters are posting their own material."
Now, it seems that posting the complete transcript of an important interview has boomeranged back on NBC in a big way.
small WORLD interview with Richard M. Smith, Digital Privacy
small WORLD Podcast | Interview with Richard M. Smith about digital privacy.
Quinn Is In
No Land Grab |
Neigborhood activists in Brooklyn are breathing a sigh of relief this morning, upon hearing the news that big Ratner booster Bill deBlasio has conceeded to and announced his support for Concilmember Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in the race for City Council Speaker. [Read More]
From RTW 31: Toussaint’s Contract Deal Falling Apart - Mass Membership Meetings Must Decide the Way Forward!
Eric Josephson, Track Division, TWU Local 100 | The Local 100 ranks still feel the power of our strike. We have to fight back against Pataki and management’s new attacks. But that’s the last thing on President Toussaint’s mind. He’s still trying to talk his way out of the mess he’s gotten us into and trick us into supporting his deal.