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Columbia Update: Provost Releases Letter Detailing Results of Massad / MELAC Investigation

Updater | Given the inadequacy of our grievance procedures, I believe it is important not only that we work to strengthen them, but also that we move quickly to create a process capable of responding now to current complaints by students in a serious, fair, and comprehensive way. I recommend that the Vice President for Arts and Sciences convene an ad hoc committee, drawn from the faculty, to hear student complaints and, when appropriate, investigate them. This committee will help us resolve some of our existing grievances while we await the formation of the permanent grievance processes that Arts and Sciences is committed to creating. The committee will hear all issues students and faculty bring before it, but its mandate will not include investigating anyone's political or scholarly beliefs or any departments or curricula. more...  1 Comments

BBC Reveals NYC is Testing Toxic Experimental HIV Drugs on Kids

Ben Hastil | A nine-month-long BBC investigation has revealed that the city of New York City has been forcing HIV positive children under its supervision to be used as human guinea pigs in tests for experimental HIV drug trials, in some cases against their will. All of the children in the program are under the legal guidance of the city's child welfare department, the Administration for Children's Services. Most were living either in foster care or independent homes run on behalf of the local authorities, Almost all the children are believed to be African-American or Latino. One New York social worker told the BBC she had never been informed that the drugs she was administering to children were experimental and highly toxic. more...  12 Comments

Legislature Embraces Halfhearted Reform of Rockefeller Drug Laws

Mark Dunlea | (from the AP): "Negotiators reached a tentative deal Tuesday to ase some of the harshest mandatory prison sentences under the state drug statutes that carry former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's name. The Legislature wanted to approve the agreement as early as Tuesday afternoon. "

(from the Open Newswire): "The deal falls short of what the Greens would want. No end of course to the war on drugs. No amnesty for nonviolent offenders, though they could apply for release based on the new guidelines. Judges are not given discretion on sentencing but the sentences are substantially reduced and the amounts of drugs increased.

"A lot of credit to (grandpa) Al Lewis, Randy Credico, the Kunstler Fund and the Mothers of the Disappeared, for fighting on this issue for so many years, bringing visibility to the weekly pickets. A true voice in the wilderness."

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Critical Mass Hearing Before Federal Judge, 12/8, 10:00 am

Matthew Roth | The next (and hopefully final) hearing on Critical Mass before Judge William Pauley is Wednesday morning at 10:00 am. This is an evidentiary hearing, meaning that witnesses will be called to the stand, examined, cross-examined, berated and chastised, etc. U.S. District Court 500 Pearl St. (just West of Foley square, btw. Pearl and Worth streets) 11th Floor Wednesday, December 8th 10:00 am more...  16 Comments

Columbia Students Speak Out Against Intimidation of Professors on Campus

Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Academic Freedom at Columbia | WHO: The Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Academic Freedom at Columbia, a group of members of the Columbia University community concerned with the vitriolic and unsubstantiated attacks against faculty and departments of the university. WHAT: A student-led press conference and speak-out to defend professors who have come under attack in recent weeks for their political beliefs. We demand that President Bollinger and the New York City Council call off their investigations and that the University defend these professors and provide a climate that is open to debate and dissent. more...  8 Comments

CPB-Funded WBAI Still Blocking Listener Community Control

alternativemediawatch | The Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded WBAI Management & Staff Gatekeepers are still blocking authentic listener-sponsor community control of WBAI's studios. more...  3 Comments

Anarchist counter-inauguration site up

odb | check it out more...  44 Comments

Gardeners Plot New Homes

nyc print/photo team | photo: Antrim Caskey more...  0 Comments

Legal Rights on Trial

By Ann Schneider | John Ashcroft has decided to pass the baton of U.S. Attorney General, but the impact of his tenure leaves many questions. In a federal courtroom at 40 Centre Street in downtown Manhattan, the ongoing trial of longtime civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart may answer one question: can the government undermine such basic legal rights as the confidentiality of attorney-client relations? more...  1 Comments

Harmonic Insurgence

Antrim Caskey | Chrissy Word (left) and Mara Goodman (right) of the a capella group Harmonic Insurgence sing about unequal wages between men and women at the community church on East 35th Street. Harmonic Insurgence also sings about AIDS, War, Freedom and the disappearing pacific salmon. more...  1 Comments

Celebrating 400 Years of Turkey Shoots

John Tarleton | Thanksgiving Timeline more...  2 Comments

No Thanks

John Tarleton | Protesters Commemorate the Holiday’s Forgotten History more...  0 Comments

Critical Mess

Chris Anderson | The 500 or so bicyclists who converged on Union Square for the Nov. 26 Critical Mass had probably become resigned to the presence of the NYPD at their monthly event. The August Critical Mass, which drew over 5,000 people three days before the start of the Republican National Convention, resulted in over 250 arrests. This marked the beginning of a period of intense police harassment of the ride, which had previously gone on unmolested for years. In September, nine participants were arrested and 40 bikes were seized, while October saw 35 arrests. more...  2 Comments

THE INDYPENDENT Issue #61

NYC IMC print team | The Indypendent December 1-14, 2004 more...  0 Comments

CALL IN! Tomorrow to STOP CHARAS DEMOLITION - Tuesday 12/7, 10:30am

Charas Supporter | Dear friends of CHARAS: If you can't make it to the press conference and rally tomorrow Tuesday, Dec. 7, or have the urge to call someone when you get to work, Please call Deputy Mayor Rubles-Roman starting at 10:30am and ask her to Stop the Demolition of CHARAS/El Bohio Cultural & Community Center! more...  1 Comments

Time's Up! Weekly Movie Night. Thurs 12/9 Control Room

Timmy | Thurs. 12/8, 8pm. 49 E. Houston btw. Mott and Mulberry St. Free. more...  2 Comments

Political Prisoners - Mumia and Palestine, Thursday Dec 9

New Jersey Solidarity | Political prisoners struggle for freedom in Palestine and the US more...  1 Comments

Building Bridges Radio Monday, 12-6 - 1.Bhopal Survivors2.New Path for Indian Labor

Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash | WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash Monday, December 6, 2004, 7 - 8 p.m. EST, over 99.5 FM or streaming live at http://www.2600.com/offthehook/hot2.ram more...  0 Comments

An Evening With Mumia: Film and Discussion

Erin Siegal | Come join the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition of New York City and New School Students for a Democratic Society for an evening of solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal on the 23rd anniversary of his arrest. more...  1 Comments

Media That Matters Film Festival Call for Entries!

Wendy | CALL FOR ENTRIES: fifth annual Media That Matters Film Festival Deadline: January 5, 2005 You've made a film with a message. MediaRights will deliver your message to audiences around the country all year long. Submit your short film to the fifth annual Media That Matters Film Festival today! more...  0 Comments

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