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MPG Reacts to Offer of Support for Employees with Criminal Complaint

Industrial Workers of the World | MPG unsuccessfully attempted last week to cause the arrest of a former employee and his supporters after they visited the company to offer aid to workers concerned about more layoffs at the company without adequate notice or severance. Former MPG employee Joseph Sanchez and other members of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union discussed the availability of free legal and advocacy support for current MPG workers and distributed informational leaflets. more...  0 Comments

Investment Giant BlackRock Divests from Leviev’s Africa-Israel Due to Israeli Settlements

Adalah-NY | In another stunning blow to Israeli settlement-builder Lev Leviev, the Israeli business magazine Globes Online has reported that BlackRock Inc., one of the world’s largest investment management firms, has divested from Leviev’s Africa-Israel Investments. The Globes article follows a similar report by the Norwegian news service Norwatch. The move comes after a nearly two-year long global boycott campaign of Leviev’s businesses that developed in response to the billionaire’s construction activities in at least four Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank, all of which violate international law, and his abusive labor practices in the diamond industry in Angola and Namibia. more...  0 Comments

Gourmet Exploitation?

Stephanie Basile | Workers are calling on upscale grocery store Agata and Valentina to respect its workers’ right to organize. more...  0 Comments

Amnesty International Withdraws from Leonard Cohen's Israel Concert Fund

PACBI & NYCBI | Amnesty International has announced today that it will abstain from any involvement in the Leonard Cohen concert in Tel Aviv and will not be party to any fund that benefits from the concert's proceeds. A number of media accounts had reported that Amnesty International was to manage or otherwise partner in a fund created from the proceeds of Cohen’s concert in Israel that would be used to benefit Israeli and Palestinian groups. Amnesty International’s announcement today followed an international outcry over the human rights organization’s reported involvement in the Leonard Cohen concert fund, and an earlier international call for Cohen to boycott apartheid Israel.
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NYC Garment Workers Challenge Sweatshop Conditions

Brandworkers International | Garments workers in NYC are working to challenge sweatshop conditions in garment factories and hold clothing companies accountable for the actions of their subcontractors. more...  2 Comments

43rd precinct attacked and arrested Juanita Young's family Saturday night

Kathie | Police brutality activist Juanita Young and her family have been harassed by the NYPD and the 43rd precinct in particular since her son Malcolm Ferguson was killed by NYPD in 2000. Just a few hours ago, over a dozen cops from the 43rd converged at her home and brutalized her older son and arrested him, her two daughters, a nephew, and two family friends.

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Igniting Awareness Of Child Exploitation In New York

Julia Dunn | This article is about the documentary, "Very Young Girls" as well as the home that houses the girls featured in the film, Girls Education and Mentoring Services and details what GEMS and Gabriela Network are trying to accomplish by uniting and raising awareness about the prices of the sex industry in the United States. more...  0 Comments

Homeless Advocates Arrested

Alex Kane | Nine people were arrested this afternoon by the New York Police Department after occupying a vacant lot for over six hours to press their demand that the city use vacant property to house the homeless. more...  16 Comments

Beyond Attica: The Untold Story of Women's Resistance Behind Bars

Hans Bennett | "When I was 15, my friends started going to jail," says Victoria Law, a native New Yorker. "One by one," Law recalls, "they landed in Rikers Island, an entire island in New York City devoted to pretrial detainment for those who can not afford bail." Law shares this and other recollections in her new book, 'Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women' (PM Press). more...  2 Comments

Letter to New York Times Journalist Simon Romero

Jed Brandt | Is your commitment to US imperialism and the entitled management of Latin America by its landed, commercial and military elites purely ideological, by heritage, or more traditionally mercenary? Did a sexy girl spurn you in youth for the campus Marxist poet and the superior entertainments of his fitted leather jacket, does it burn? more...  0 Comments

Open Letter to the Labor Research Association: Don't Honor Israeli Apartheid

Michael Letwin, NYCLAW | As discussed below, "TULIP," initiated by Stuart Appelbaum, is a "progressive" mouthpiece for the Histadrut, the Zionist labor federation that has spearheaded -- and whitewashed -- apartheid, dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians since the 1920s. more...  9 Comments

Unbinding Pregnant Inmates

Jacquie Simone | A July 9 rally, organized by the Correctional Association of New York, New York Civil Liberties Union and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH), was held outside Governor Paterson's NYC office in support of state anti-shackling legislation (S.1290-A/A. 3373-A). The bill would ban the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery and limit the use of restraints during transportation to and from hospitals in New York. The demonstrators are hopeful that Paterson will sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by the New York State Senate and overwhelmingly by the state Assembly in May. more...  0 Comments

In Queens, singing protesters urge Motorola boycott due to Israeli rights abuses

New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel | Twenty New York human rights advocates captivated Astoria, Queens shoppers today with songs and street theater calling for a boycott of communications giant Motorola until it stops selling products that aid Israel’s army and settlement movement. Today’s protest outside a Sprint store selling Motorola cellphones on Steinway Street was the second of five summer actions planned by the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI). The protests are part of a growing worldwide boycott movement, which gained momentum with Israel’s attack on Gaza killing 1400 Palestinians. more...  2 Comments

Viva Palestina: Convoy Prepares to Head for Rafah

Soozy Duncan | After days of gathering supplies and last-minute organizing in Cairo, the Viva Palestina U.S. convoy is beginning to mobilize. This morning 87 members of the caravan traveled to pick up 47 never-used trucks which will be loaded with medical aid to be brought into Gaza. The remaining half of the delegation will re-join the drivers near the Egyptian border before all cross together through Rafah.

Update: From the NYC IMC News wire || Dispatch from Soozy Duncan of the Indypendent || Viva Palestina Website || Al-Awda NY Blog more...  0 Comments

Photo: Workers Rally at Scoop

Andrew Hinderaker | Workers and their supporters rallied at Scoop in SoHo demanding unpaid wages. more...  0 Comments

While Supporters Held Vigil, Brooklyn Father Ordered Deported

The Politics of Immigration | “RoxRoy is really putting his neck out there in this struggle,” said Pastor Michael Ellick of Judson Memorial Church, a founding member of the New Sanctuary Coalition. “He knows full well that he might be risking his own case by taking this public stand. But every day he makes moral choices that look to the broader picture.” more...  7 Comments

Peruvian Community in Action Protest at the Peruvian Consulate

Nick Cooper | 30 people gathered today in front of the Peruvian Consulate to protest the treatment of indigenous in Peru and to support the Peruvian general strike. Nick Cooper spoke with those in attendance. more...  0 Comments

Voices of the Other New York: Dispatch from the Second Encuentro for Dignity

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Amid the global financial crisis, the private equity companies that once threatened to swallow up the last of Manhattan’s affordable housing stock may be on the road to mass extinction. And amid the political crisis in Albany, the politicians who promised rent reform may be on the road to nowhere. But the “Other New York” is still here and still at it, fighting for the block and the dignity of its denizens.
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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

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

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