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Victory to NYC Transit Workers! Smash the Union-Busting Taylor Law!

Varlet | Attorney General Eliot "Strikebreaker" Spitzer and the MTA, issued court injunctions against the Transit Workers Union that will impose fines of $1 million dollars a day on the union! This is nothing less than a declaration of WAR against the working class in general, and particularly against the union movement. This conspiracy against the working class can and must be SMASHED through sympathy strikes to defend the TWU! If those fines are imposed, all the trade unions in the State of New York must be mobilized to SHUT DOWN THE STATE OF NEW YORK! more...  13 Comments

The right to strike, and equal protection under law

Charles | Today the members of the New York transit authority’s union went on strike. This has left nearly 8 million people without transportation for the duration of the strike. The mayor Bloomberg has said its an illegal strike.

Putting politics aside, it made me wonder about whether the union should be allowed to stop working or not. Notice I did not say “strike or not”. There’s a difference between the right to strike and the requirement to work. more...  3 Comments

Justice for NYC Transit Workers

Workers World | The big bosses don’t care what kind of a world our children live in. They’re trying to impose a “two-tier” contract—lower pay and benefits for future employees. But the transit union is taking a stand for our sons and daughters. more...  7 Comments

Transit union seeks a decent contract

Milt Neidenberg | The MTA, top Republican and Democratic city officials, and the major media are waging a frenzied anti-union campaign to get the workers to accept a two-tier wage contract that would create divisions within the union. However, a progressive group of City Council members from working-class neighborhoods held a press conference on Dec. 14 to say that any strike will be the responsibility of the MTA.
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Aussie Immigration Prisons Film Night

A. Imondi | Premiere of a new Documentary about Australia's notorious immigration prisons.
"Waking Up The Nation" documents the 2-months/12000 miles journey of a group of Australians who
travel around the continent to hightlight the abuses against asylum seekers in detention, and to visit
the people incarcerated in the camps. more...  1 Comments

Open Source Intelligence Conference Jan. 16-20 in the Washington D.C. area

Jason -JZ- Liszkiewicz | The Rise of Open Source Intelligence

Can we exit the Culture of Fear and enter a newer society?

An Open Source Society consisting of a series of Citizen Intelligence Networks.

Visionary Cells well equipped with the knowledge and tools to govern

their bodies and all bodies of knowledge to govern the global body,

empowering the majority beyond our wildest dreams.

On January 16-20 a conference described as "James Bond morphing into

Hackers who morph into the Peace Corps who morph into moral

capitalists raising four billion from poverty through the power of

information and open source intelligence" will host 60 exhibits, 20

top speakers, and 400-600 international "players" at the Sheraton

Premiere in Tyson's Corner Virginia in the Washington D.C. area.

Visit, Fax 703.266.6391, Call 703.266.6390

Speakers –

Schedule –

- War & Peace - Wealth & Democracy - Open Source Intelligence -

- Peace Keeping Intelligence - Open Source Democracy -

- Citizens' Intelligence Network -


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IOP '06

Information Operations, Open Source Intelligence,

and Peacekeeping Intelligence

Information Operations (IO) represents the new semantics of war &

peace, wealth & democracy. Information Peacekeeping (IPK) is the

converse of Information Warfare (IW). America is soon to have in

effect a range of Joint Intelligence Operations Centers or Commands

(JIOC) with embedded Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) feeds in all

languages on all topics, and the requisite man-machine Foreign

Language (FL) and Advanced Analytics (AA) able to make sense of all

information, in all languages, all the time.

Modern IO consists of Strategic Communications (the message), Open

Source Intelligence (the shareable reality), and JIOCS with FL and AA

(the technologies).

Modern IO is the new American "way of war" and offers enormous

potential in ten "IO-heavy" mission areas:

· Strategic Communication & Public Diplomacy

· Peacekeeping Intelligence & Information Peacekeeping

· Early Warning & Stabilization-Reconstruction Operations

· Homeland Defense & Emergency Responder Civil Support

· National Education & National Research for National Wealth

Join Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), Alvin & Heidi Toffler, and

many other world-class speakers including Canadian, Croatian, Dutch,

English, South African, and Swedish experts on the emerging

intersection of open source software, open spectrum, open source

information, open access copyright, and open societies.

All participants in the three day event will receive the new book on

IO, as well as new books on Commercial Intelligence and on

Peacekeeping Intelligence. One may elect to participate in only one

day, and/or the training day on Friday.

All participants receive three weeks of free access to Silobreaker

analytic link and visualization tools, and thousands of international


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How You Can Help: A Message from supporters of Transit

red flags and black cats | It's looking like a strike, and when transit workers move -- let's show our support! more...  0 Comments

TWU Local 100: We're Fighting for the Future of All Workers! No More Stalling! Strike to Win -- Now!

Revolutionary Transit Worker | Behind the MTA’s outrageous demands for givebacks stands Governor Pataki dreaming of running for President, and a capitalist class looking to make an example out of transit workers. Demanding that the next generation work harder for years longer and pay more for “benefits” is an attempt to divide Local 100. And it is a message to the entire working class that there will be no “American Dream” – future generations will have to work harder and longer for less and less to keep up the bosses’ profits. more...  4 Comments


me | Please join Transport Workers Local 100 President Roger Toussaint, New York City Central Labor Council President Brian M. McLaughlin and Executive Board members for a rally and march in support of Local 100
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Haiti's Achievements with Aristide and Lavalas - now lost since the U.S. led coup ousting him

STEPHEN LENDMAN | Haiti's achievements under Aristide and Lavalas during their 10 years in office and conditions there now since the coup more...  0 Comments

Informant Testimony in Arson Cases [AP Article]

Gumby Cascadia | An Arizona bookstore owner charged with ecosabotage in Washington helped the Earth Liberation Front plan the 1998 firebombing of a Vail, Colo., ski resort according to information in an affidavit unsealed in federal court here.

In the affadavit FBI agent John Ferreira wrote that the informant said William Rodgers of Prescott, Ariz., attended a meeting in western Colorado where the arson was planned.
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Starbucks Workers Union / IWW Picket

Worker Freedom | Start: Dec 17 2005 - 1:00pm
End: Dec 17 2005 - 3:00pm
Timezone: US/Eastern
Event Details:
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***IWW Starbucks Workers Union Benefit Show***

Worker Freedom | Come support the organizing efforts of Starbucks workers by
joining us for some great music and affordable drinks.
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Books Through Bars Movie Night TONITE!!! 8PM

btb | Books Through Bars Movie Night 12/16, 8PM more...  0 Comments

Teamsters Raid On IWW Drive Fails

Worker Freedom | On Nov. 1, Local 810 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters lost an NLRB election for the roughly 300-worker transportation department of New York City internet grocer FreshDirect, LLC. The local had lost an election in 2004 for the same unit. Despite having won the support of over 100 workers who could have been organized into a powerful union presence, Local 810 abandoned the field after that election.
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Haitian Workers Win Contract from Dominican Textile Giant

Grassroots Haiti | Two years of hard struggle by organized workers, supported by Batay Ouvriye, have yielded impressive results, showing once again that it is only by organizing themselves, rather than relying on governments, that working people can make real advances.
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Brief Reportback on Kissinger at NYU

~ | The NYU grads agitating for a union held a noisy demonstration outside.

The panel was mostly in Spanish til it got to Kissinger - then some of the grad students who were ther unfurled a banner of their demands - shouted them and upbraided the NYU president for inviting a war criminal -before they were hustled out.

As Kissinger resumed mumbling compliments at the success of Columbia (country, not University) He was shouted down and called a mass murderer several times and the NYU president was again upbraided.

The crowd inside the small auditorium was mostly conservative and did not join in. This was repeated once more, later, during Kissinger's segment of the panel. All was captured by the contingent of foreign press and photographers.

Also - the small demonstration outside could be heard, faintly, inside. more...  4 Comments

NYC transit workers need a decent contract

Workers World | The 33,000 transit workers deserve every nickel they’re asking for, without concessions and tradeoffs, and a safe work environment. The public demands the right to a safe affordable ride. The millions of straphangers are inextricably tied to the transit workers and their union. The MTA is their enemy, too. more...  3 Comments

Populist #18

Franklin | On the Judicial Branch, continued more...  0 Comments

South American Death Squads and Tasers

An inquiring mind | The connection between Taser International and the country of Chile dates to before the millennium. Shortly after assignment of their Middle Eastern sales territory to former Steman International representative, Malcolm Shermer, the South American territories were awarded. more...  0 Comments

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