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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

Domestic Workers Fight for Bill of Rights

Labor Justice Radio | The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights is before the New York State Senate RIGHT NOW. Help make New York the first state in this country to respect and protect the lives and work of domestic workers. Domestic Workers United (DWU) has worked hard the last 5 years to get this far- the New York House has passed the bill and the Governor has promised to sign it. more...  1 Comments

It's Our Democracy, Stupid!

Rev. Billy Talen | The only issue is Democracy and all the other issues become important after we’ve talked out our facts and our positions in a democratic way. That’s because we are citizens, not consumers. more...  5 Comments

Deconstructing Myths About WBAI 99.5 FM

Lisa V. Davis | It is time to start deconstructing the many myths that have run rampant on Indy Media lately about WBAI and I will start with the biased article written by John Tarleton on May 15th.

To See the Full PDF article with charts go to:
 http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2009/07/21/truth_about_the_wbai_listenership.pdf
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Even as MTA hikes fares, service lags on the L train

Jessica Aguirre | The MTA L train has a good reputation. Its cars are clean, the announcement boards are reliable, the Straphangers campaign always gives it a high subway report card rating. But for L train riders, who have recently undergone service disruptions in addition to citywide fare hikes, things may not be as rosy as they seem. more...  0 Comments

Friends of Brad Will Protest for Juan Manuel

Nick Cooper | “Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno, the man falsely accused of Brad’s murder, is also a part of this movement, also a man of principle. That Brad’s murder is being used to railroad a fellow political activist is the most profound insult to his memory. And it is not the first time that his death has been used in such a way.” more...  4 Comments

Former Workers File Lawsuit Against Scoop NYC

Jacquie Simone | Hours after 15 former workers filed a lawsuit against Scoop NYC, dozens of people gathered outside the high-end fashion boutique’s store at 475 Broadway to protest the chain’s unfair labor practices and discrimination against immigrant employees. 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.

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Photos: Rally Against Hondouras Military Coup (29 JUN 2009)

Andrew Hinderaker | Rally in NYC to support democratically elected Zelaya and denounce the Honduras coup. more...  2 Comments

Workers and allies shake up Rite Aid shareholder meeting in NYC

Rand Wilson | Veteran Rite Aid employee Angel Warner from the company's massive million-square-foot distribution center in the high-desert community of Lancaster, California, stood up for employees at the company's annual meeting. more...  0 Comments

Photos: Protest at Rent Guidelines Board Meeting (23 JUN 2009)

Andrew Hinderaker | Despite protesters calling for a rent freeze, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted to raise rents for about one million rent-stabilized apartments. more...  1 Comments

A Permit-Less Parade For More Than 51

Julia Dunn | The Radical Homosexual Agenda hosted its third parade without a permit to protest the parade permit law passed in New York City, that was deemed unconstitutional by a criminal court judge, but prevents groups of 50 or more from marching together without a permit from the New York Police Department.

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NY Premiere of "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe"

Soozy Duncan | There will be a Q&A with directors Sarah and Emily Kunstler, Phil Donahue, Liz Fink, and Yusef Salaam, moderated by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman after the screening of "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe"
Saturday, June 20 at 12:30 pm
BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

To read review of the film, see below. more...  0 Comments

Stop Cutting Our Public Libraries

NYC Local of the Socialist Party USA | If passed, this cut will result in the loss of 943 jobs, and severe reduction of library hours. Brooklyn Public Library hours are proposed to be cut to 25 hours a week to a Monday - Friday 1pm-6pm schedule - eliminating Saturday service. These reductions would bring library operating hours to the lowest since the 1970’s. more...  0 Comments

New Yorkers Suffer Under Private Electric Company

Zelig Stern | Con Edison is a clear example that the mentality of “privatization and deregulation” has to go. Since it consolidated its private monopoly of power distribution, it has not operated in order to provide New Yorker’s with the electricity they need at a reasonable price or to provide its workers with a decent salary and benefits. Instead, Con Edison operates with the good of its shareholders in mind. As a result, New Yorkers are scraping to pay their bills, employees are losing benefits, and the public is being endangered, while executives and stockholders’ wealth is on the rise. more...  0 Comments

Tenants Lose Home Due to Landlord Neglect

Aaron Howell | Tenants living in rent-regulated apartments lost their homes two weeks ago when New York City deemed the building’s structure unsafe from a collapsing façade. Unfortunately for the tenants – who have been in homeless shelters, staying at friends and given shelter by the Red Cross – the city ordered the front facade completely removed and won’t let the tenants move back in until the owner replaces the façade, which he won't immediately do. more...  0 Comments

Taking it Beneath the Streets: Reverend Billy Campaigns on the F Train

Jacob Scheier | Mayoral Green Party candidate Billy Talen, better known as Reverend Billy, took his gospel of an affordable, neighborhood friendly New York City under ground this past Thursday. That is, in an performance-action entitled “F the Fare Hike,” Talen rode the F train from Broadway-Lafayette Street station to Jamaica Street in Queens to Coney Island, preaching all the while against the recently announced public transportation fare hike, and criticizing the tactics of his mayoral race rival, incumbent Michael Bloomberg. more...  14 Comments

Bill the Billionaire

Steven Wishnia, John Tarleton, and Alex Kane | Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy re-election to a third term. The city’s economic and media power elites have already anointed him. more...  8 Comments

The Indypendent: "WBAI Showdown: Power Struggle Escalates"

John Tarleton / The Indypendent | By early April, the station had fallen $128,000 behind on rent for its office space at 120 Wall Street and owed another $75,000 in back payments for its transmitter atop the Empire State Building. According to Lavarn Williams, WBAI’s then General Manager Anthony Riddle renegotiated the lease with Silverstein Properties without notifying Pacifica’s national leadership. Riddle, the station’s fifth general manager in seven years, was removed from his position May 6. Under the revised agreement, Williams said WBAI (and by extension the Pacifica Foundation) faces making two rent payments totaling almost $60,000 in May, two more payments totaling $75,000 in June and two more rent payments by July 25 totaling $45,000 or be subject to immediate eviction if it misses a single payment.

The first check for $29,444.30 is due May 18 and another check for the same amount is due May 25.
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