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Police Raid 13 Thames Art Space, arresting members of Anarchist Media Collective

I AM Collective | On April 13 in Brooklyn NY, the NYPD entered without a warrant 13 Thames Art Space, a Bushwick based art and performance space where members of the Independent Anarchist Media (I AM) Collective have been organizing the Fourth Annual NYC Anarchist Film Festival in honor of Brad Will. Read More || DC-IMC feature with pics

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Running Up That Hill (and Out of This Town): NYC Humiliates David Irving

Some Friendly NYC Antifa | Once we were alerted to the whereabouts of Irving's talk, hilariously booked at the Times Square Doubletree Hotel as "The Real History Conference," we activated our network of shadowy agents. A little reconnaissance goes a long way, and we quickly found the best route onto the sixth floor of the hotel. Once there, thirty pissed off anti-fascists rushed the door. Of course Irving and his protectors quickly closed and dead-bolted themselves inside, stranding both his personal assistant, Jaenelle Antas, as well as self-described "next Hitler" Alex Carmichael. more...  18 Comments

Victory! Holocaust Revisionist Event Canceled in NYC!

New Yorkers Against David Irving | It wasn't difficult to figure out where David Irving, under a fictitious name, reserved space to spew his holocaust revisionism. And it didn't take too much explaining before the venue manager decided to cancel to event. Only a bigot would want this filth associated with their venue! more...  6 Comments

Who's Gonna Run This (Nazi Out Of) Town?!?

New Yorkers Against David Irving | David Irving is a notorious pro-Nazi history writer. He has made repeated anti-Semitic, Holocaust Denial and racist statements over the years, including that "no document whatsoever indicating the Holocaust occurred" has been found, and "the holocaust of the Germans of Dresden was real. The holocaust of the Jews in the Auschwitz gas chambers is a fabrication." Although he has retreated from some of these statements, Irving has continued to blame Jews for what the Nazis did to them; he attempts to minimize the scope of the Holocaust; and he publicly praises Adolf Hitler. more...  12 Comments

NYC Anarchist Black Cross Statement of Solidarity with Tortuga House

NYC Anarchist Black Cross | As functionaries of the state continue apace with a campaign of irritation and attempted repression, they are now focusing on the house of a recent G-20 arrestee. We firmly stand in solidarity with the recipients of this raid and support them as they defend themselves. 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

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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A Question Over Iran: Can the People Make History or Not?

By Mike Ely | The Kasama Project | There is a self-deceptive politics (among some leftists) that seeks to prettify all kinds of reactionary forces that (for one reason or another) are in opposition to U.S. imperialism — including Islamic reactionaries, Kim Jung Il, “hardline” revisionists of the Li Peng and Eric Honecker type and so on. And in the process they have a real, almost startling, hostility toward sections of the people who rise up in important if still-inarticulate ways. My sense is that such politics arise from a despair over actually developing our own revolutionary forces — and a resigned assumption that we have no other alternative but to fall behind any forces (ugly, oppressive, reactionary or not) who (one way or another) who seem to be on America’s shit list.

READ:  http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/a-question-over-iran-serve-the-people-or-not/

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Holding on in East Harlem and Points West, North and South

Black Agenda Report | “Neoliberalism is the root cause of rampaging gentrification and displacement, from New York to New Orleans to Atenco, Mexico.” Keen observers of political-economy would agree with this assessment from Zapatista-inspired community activists in Spanish Harlem, who recently organized an “encuentro” with similar minded Black and Asian activists. All concluded that the issue is bigger than Harlem: “This displacement is created by the greed, ambition and violence of a global empire of money that seeks to take total control of all the land, labor and life on earth.” more...  0 Comments

NOAM CHOMSKY ADDRESSES THOUSANDS AT RIVERSIDE CHURCH

Jacquie Simone | Renowned leftist intellectual, linguist and author Noam Chomsky discussed democracy, the economy and global crises June 12 at Riverside Church in Harlem. more...  8 Comments

Press Release: Socialists Call for Swift Action to Combat Swine Flu Outbreak

Socialist Party USA, NYC Local | “Access to healthcare is no problem for a billionaire like Michael Bloomberg,” says Billy Wharton, Chairperson of the Socialist Party of New York State, “for the rest of us hospital visits mean facing medical bills and debt." more...  0 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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Carl Davidson's Report for the Left Forum

Carl Davidson | New York City's annual 'Left Forum' this year was a solid success. Under the theme "Turning Points, it drew more than 2000 participants to Pace University April 17-19, to take part in some 200 panels featuring around 600 speakers.
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Notes From the New School Occupation

Counterhegemonic | Overall, the occupation was a victory. It was a victory for a particular method of direct action politics which is sorely needed in the US. There will be no Greece in the US anytime soon but the energy and romantic leaps made by university students still hold the possibility for reviving the near-moribund political imagination of the left. Occupy-Refuse-Resist! more...  2 Comments

Project Chanology Shows How It's Done

Fredric L. Rice | Project Chanology was launched early this year and already the the collective has become well respected around the world with favorable as well as idiotic news coverage within the increasingly obsolete mainstream media. Chanology shows the world the coming thing in Internet-based anonymous organization of citizens for the opposition of organized crime and unethical corporations.
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DC rally: world warned of nuclear nightmare

Ahmar Mustikhan, Freelance Journalist | The American Friends of Baluchistan, a voice for peace in southwest Asia, expressed solidarity with the victims of Mumbai mayhem at a rally in Washington DC. It deplored Pakistan has refused to hand over the wanted terrorists. more...  0 Comments

KKE [Communist Party of Greece] Statement on the General Strike

Communist Party of Greece | Official statement of the KKE on current events in Greece' more...  0 Comments

Brasil has surrendered to World Bank again

Bruno Lima Rocha | The crisis in the global financial system has fully reached Brasil. The reason is simple. This is a nation ruled by bankers. The most powerful man here is a top Bank of America CEO. His name is Henrique Meirelles (Mr. Meirelles) and has a solid career linked to BankBoston. He is the chairman of Brazilian Central Bank (BC) and gained status of minister – as a promotion - because he was being accused by his personal fortune without origin. more...  0 Comments

SCIENCE BUSTS REPUBLICANS ON VALUES

Thomas Riggins | Republicans are a bunch of hypocrits




Research shows that Republicans only give lip service to humanistic values.




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Low-Wage Capitalism

Fred Goldstein | Low-Wage Capitalism describes in sweeping detail the drastic effect on the working class in the United States of new technology and the restructuring of global capitalism in the post-Soviet era. It uses Karl Marx's law of wages and other findings to show that these developments are not only continuing to drive down wages but are creating the material basis for future social upheaval. more...  0 Comments

The Weeds that Bind

Reginald Blanton | Remember that “strange fruit”--African Americans hanging from that “good ol’ oak” in the middle of the town’s square, burned and dismembered before throngs of white, and sometimes smiling, spectators? This wasn’t only the Death Penalty’s popular form throughout chattel slavery and up until the early 1900’s but is the grave in which the Death Penalty’s roots are deeply embedded. more...  0 Comments

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