Posted by TAG - June 28, 2007 | News

Click HERE to hear Rev Billy and John Lawrence on WBAI (Photo: Fred Askew)

New York, NY – June 28, 2007. Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping and John Lawrence, President of Peace Action Staten Island (PASI), were interviewed on WBAI this morning. The purpose of this appearance on the Wake Up Call was to talk about the importance of the Peace Action peace rally which is occurring on Staten Island this Saturday – 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM. Reverend Billy will be there, with the Church Choir, as will the Rude Mechanical Orchestra. Take the SI Ferry to the Island, catch the S 51 bus at the ferry terminal and go 1 mile. Get off at Water Street – Tappen Park is on your right. Join the fun!

“Be there or be a four sided quadrilateral,” said Mark Rudd – one of many individuals and organizations who have endorsed the event.

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Posted by TAG - June 27, 2007 | News

Witness Against Torture marches to Clinton’s office (Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

New York, NY – June 27, 2007. Tuesday, June 26th – the United Nations International Day of Action Against Torture – was observed in New York City with an interfaith service at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Midtown Manhattan: Buddhist prayer bells and meditational breathing; a Christian prayer for the victims of torture; a Jewish request for divine help – to “restore due process and the rule of law” in the US, and; an Islamic appeal to Allah – to grant the gift of mercy to the tortured and the gift of compassion to the torturers, our nation’s leaders who “are acting so unmercifully”. Following the service a long column, clad in orange “Shut Down Guantanamo” tshirts, wound it’s way past Chuck Schumer’s office – finally arriving at Hillary Clinton’s NYC office where a press conference and vigil was held. Turnout was very good, despite the intense heat and humidity.

Black shrouded coffins, placards calling for an to US torture of “enemy combatants”, none of whom have ever been convicted of a crime, and black hooded protesters clad in orange prison jumpsuits occupied the square in front of Presidential hopeful Clinton’s office space. As the press conference began, staffers from Schumer’s office appeared to announce that Schumer would meet with the group at some future point. Organizers called on Clinton to do the same and eventually received word from her staff that she would “continue to work to close Guantanamo”.

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Posted by Alice Embree - June 24, 2007 | News

MDS Austin at the Hutto Prison Vigil (Photo: Nancy Simons)

Austin, TX – June 24, 2007. Pictured: Austin MDS at the Hutto Prison where refugee and immigrant families are incarcerated. It’s one of two U.S. sites where children are incarcerated. The ACLU is pursuing a lawsuit against the practice. The prison is run by a private company (Correction Corporation of America) near Taylor, Texas. This was the tenth vigil.

Against the Iraq War? Take a Stand And Have Some Fun Too!

Join the Staten Island chapters of Peace Action and Movement for a Democratic Society – and other local Staten Island activists – in calling for an end of the U.S. Occupation Of Iraq. Demand the Bush administration bring the troops home now. Make healthcare and education our priorities – not oil addiction, endless occupation, torture and war profiteering.

Join the Rally for Peace on Staten Island! Help us make this the Biggest Peace Rally EVER on Staten Island! Make plans to come: Saturday, June 30 from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM. Join us in Stapleton’s Tappen Park: Bay Street & Water Street . It’s a short ride by train from the SI Ferry.

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Tom Hayden and Mark Rudd (Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

New York, NY – June 18, 2007. On Monday, June 18th, Tom Hayden spoke at Barnes and Noble in the Village to promote his new book: Ending The War In Iraq. Hayden has formulated a theory of the origins of the war: the US ‘Machiavellian State’, and what sustains it; ‘pillars of support’. Part of this formulation is the need to “build a long-term anti-empire, pro-democracy movement as permanent force” to end the present war and prevent future relapses {1}. The talk given at B&N, from an obviously exhausted Hayden (jet lag), discussed his personal bitterness at how the two major wars that haunt modern US memory have stolen years of his life (and diverted his attention from other struggles), how essential it is to stay focused on attainable goals and how it’s ok to win. He also offered a strategy to attain victory. Although he described himself as a “politician” several times – as opposed to characterizing himself as a “Movement person” (which is the term he employed a year ago) he seemed to do so with a certain wry humor. Humor permeated the event – which, like the new book, drove home the point that the long struggle ahead requires well trained organizers – and a thoughtful approach.

“I felt invaded by the US war in Iraq” – Tom Hayden

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Posted by Hisham Bustani - | News

Hisham Bustani in Beirut

What the Hell is Going on in Palestine? Analysis of the Situation and Tasks on the International Level

Dr. Hisham Bustani is a writer and activist, based in Amman, a founding member of the Resistant Arab People’s Alliance and a member in its Coordination Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Thought Forum in Jordan.


The Jordanian Marxist writer and activist Hisham Bustani here analyzes the current internecine violence in Gaza its broader context. He argues that Hamas made a fatal error initially in agreeing as a revolutionary organization to become part of the compromised institution that is the Palestinian Authority. Bustani sees the pathway forward in Palestine not on the basis of the current “states” level, but by defeating the “state” in building a unified Arab mass movement, part of a people’s unity, an open space for all. Including Jews, but not as Zionists, settlers, invaders.

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Posted by Panama Vicente Alba - June 14, 2007 | News

A familiar face wearing the colors of our patria, October 25, 1977

New York, NY – June 12, 2007. This past Sunday the 50th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in New York City. Over the years it has become the largest expression of National/ethnic pride anywhere in the United States. This year’s parade was marred by an N.Y.P.D operation which appeared to have targeted the Latin Kings. Police deployed throughout the parade targeted anyone wearing gold shirts or beads. Hundreds of young people were arrested and charged with “unlawful assembly”.

It is impossible to attend a parade and not assemble either as participants or observers.

This is the reason why whoever organizes a parade must obtain a parade permit, something which parade organizers do each and every year. In the United States freedom of expression guarantees the individual the right to wear any color desired. In the our community it is often said that “Pa los gustos se inventaron los colores” – colors were invented to please taste. In our community yellow/gold is a very popular color in the summer because it contrasts with the beautiful pigmentation of brown people’s skin.

The use of beads is also extremely popular in our community. They are worn as ornaments by men and woman alike. This particularly true of young people. Yes, the Latin Kings wear Black and Gold beads. Black and Gold beads are not illegal, nor do beads indicate membership in the Latin kings. The use of beads is particularly prominent amongst the many thousands (perhaps millions) in our community who practice the Yoruba religion. Many such individuals were either arrested or ordered to remove their beads during this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade

Being Puerto Rican, Latin@, or a Latin King is not a crime. Are there criminals amongst us?

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Posted by TAG - June 4, 2007 | News

Gay Men’s Health Crisis marches on Staten Island
(Photo: Thomas Good / Next Left Notes)

New York, NY – June 2, 2007. A couple hundred marchers turned out on a beautiful day for Staten Island’s third annual Gay Pride Parade. The throng assembled on the FDR Boardwalk just before noon beneath an arch of multicolored balloons – signifying diversity. A number of groups fielded contingents: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC); The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center; Las Buenas Amigas; The Empire State Pride Agenda; Staten Island Committee Against Bigotry; Stonewall Democrats NYC; The Gay Officers Action League (NYPD); Marriage Equality NY, and; Peace Action Staten Island (PASI). The event was sponsored by Community Health Action of Staten Island. Some of NYC’s elected officials turned out as well: Councilman Eric Gioia (D, Queens) and Congressman Anthony Weiner (D, 9th CD) both joined the procession. The march stepped off around 12:30 and wound its way down the boardwalk to the picnic area at Midland Beach. A light breeze kept everyone cool and made a great event even more enjoyable.

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Posted by Next Left Notes - June 1, 2007 | NLN Archive

SDS New York To Protest At The US Merchant Marine Academy

By NLN Staff Writers

SDS promotional flier designed by Daniel Garrick

NEW YORK, NY – George W. Bush is speaking at the 2006 commencement at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY on the morning of June 19. Join Students for a Democratic Society and friends in confronting Bush’s criminal acts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The recent revelations of atrocities in Haditha and Ishaqi and elsewhere clearly reveal the barbarity of the US Government’s actions. In an effort to end the US war crimes, stop the use of torture and eliminate “pre-emptive” invasions, SDS New York City is calling for a nonviolent protest at the Vickery (Main) Gate of the USMMA at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 19, 2006.

Doug Viehmeyer an event organizer with Bergen County SDS (NJ), said: “The architects of the Iraq and Afganistan wars and occupations are clearly war criminals. While the military personnel are directly responsible for the recent atrocities in Iraq the ultimate responsibility lies with the civilian and military leadership that orchestrated the wars. They must be confronted – and stopped.” Viehmeyer added: “This is a nonviolent act of civil resistance and we urge everyone to join us in the streets.”

“We are asking people to bring noisemakers: pots and pans and other weapons of mass democracy,” said Thomas Good of Movement for a Democratic Society, the post-grad wing of SDS. “We are nonviolent but we will not be silent – what we are seeing here is not a liberal democracy gone somehow wrong. This is an emerging fascism and it is our duty as residents of the US to stop the madness,” he added.

“What we want people to realize, is that these are mariners, not marines. They didn’t sign up to kill or die or fight in an illegal war. They have absolutely every right to resist that war and refuse to fight; and we completely support them in that right. We regret if our presence is at all upsetting the students but we have a duty to speak out when the world’s biggest war criminal is in our city,” said Brian Kelly, a member of Pace University SDS.

The action has been endorsed by:

  • Paul Buhle, author and senior lecturer at Brown University
  • Campus Antiwar Network (CAN)
  • CodePINK New York City
  • CodePINK (national organization)
  • Grandmothers Against The War
  • Grandmothers For Peace International
  • Tom Hayden
  • Charlie Jenks, Traprock Peace Center
  • Aron “Pieman” Kay
  • Left Turn Magazine
  • Dave Lippman, the “Singing CIA Agent”, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Malachy McCourt, author, radio host and Green Party candidate for Governor
  • Manhattan Green Party
  • New York City War Resisters League
  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Harry Siitonen (member IWW, SPUSA)
  • The Socialist Party of NYC
  • Jonathan Tasini, Democratic Party candidate for US Senate (NY)
  • Paul Zulkowitz (member Green Party NYS)
  • The event is open to the public.

    To get to the US Merchant Marine Academy:

    By Train:

    From Penn Station (34th St & 7th Ave), take the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Railroad to the Great Neck Station (about 35 minutes). Take the “N58″ Long Island Bus to the Academy ($2.00 – exact change).

    By Car:

    Long Island Expressway to Exit 32/Little Neck Parkway. Left (heading north) onto Little Neck Parkway for 3/4 mile, to Northern Boulevard. Right on Northern Boulevard/Route 25A. Go east through the village of Little Neck for several traffic lights to the intersection with Great Neck Road. Go left (north) on Great Neck Road, then straight (bearing left as roads fork off to the right). Continue north. The road becomes Bayview Avenue, then West Shore Road (total distance: 2.5 miles). At end of West Shore Road, turn right on to Kings Point Road. At the next stop sign turn left onto Steamboat Road. The main gate is one block ahead.

    SDS is an education and social action organization dedicated to increasing democracy in all phases of our common life. It seeks to promote the active participation of young people in the formation of a movement to build a society free from poverty, ignorance, war, exploitation, racism and sexism.

    For More Information:
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