Today we are releasing a list of delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention. This list includes the names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of RNC delegates in addition to what hotel each one is staying at during their invasion of New York City.
The stinking corpse of the FBI's infamous "Counter-Intelligence Program", or COINTELPRO, which was used from the 1940s through the 1970s against Communists, Anarchists, Civil Rights Activists and sundry other decent working-class militants, and which was "allegedly" discontinued in 1971, is fully risen from the grave once again.
In March of 2004, the Rochester City School District (Rochester, New York) suspended an Elementary
teacher named Lori Thomas for engaging in what I believe was totally appropriate and caring action that was
designed to teach one of her students the importance of respecting himself, his class mates and people in
Ms Thomas' suspension inspired her to wage an ongoing campaign that focuses on the dire need for us to
instill within our children (at an early age) the importance of respectful behavior. As part of her ongoing
campaign, she organized a "Save Our Children Rally," which took place at the Liberty Pole in downtown
Rochester on July 25, 2004. I feel honored to have been among numerous individuals invited to speak at the
July 25th Rally. My comments were as follows:
After thirty-one months in detention, Ansar Mahmood was deported by the United States government. He was flown out of JFK International Airport on a Pakistan International Airlines commercial flight accompanied by two guards. Because Mr. Mahmood was not informed of his exact deportation date ahead of time and because his telephone privileges were suspended at the time he was notified of his deportation, he was unable to contact his friends and supporters to tell them of his deportation until he was already at the airport. This meant that the people he had adopted as his American family and friends were unable to wish him good-by either at the airport or even on the telephone.
This brief article urges everyone to register and vote and to volunteer to register others through the Rochester Voters Alliance, a coalition of local organizations doing a voter registration drive focused on those areas in Rochester most underrepresented and underregistered.
AIDS activists from Rochester and Penn State were pushed and had a sign ripped from their hands by a rabid Kerry campaign volunteer in Greensburgh, PA on Saturday. The demonstrators were seeking to pressure John Edwards and John Kerry to speak substantively on the global AIDS pandemic and to tell the public how they plan to improve treatment and care for people with HIV around the world.
The battle now is to win an override. A two-thirds majority is needed in both the Senate and Assembly. The bill passed with votes to spare
in both, but this will not be easy, especially in the Senate. We write with an almost overwhelming sense of disgust and anger.
In light of the fact that this month marks the 40th anniversary of the July 1964 rebellion
or "riots" that shook Rochester to its "smug town" foundations, and in light of the fact that a newly released Documentary about the 1964 uprising tugs (or should tug) at our consciences, and remind us that it could happen again --- it seems that we would be making every collective effort, and engaging in every collective action possible to make sure that it doesn't. But, how can we possibly take collective action on an issue that most of us can't even come together (across racial and class lines) and talk about honestly and openly? The situation outlined below represents only a small, minute example of how individual and institutional racism functions. The whole purpose of this article is to inspire dialogue. Thus, I am hoping, in fact, pleading for feedback.
How do I describe the sense of dread that crawled under my skin as I observed that there were only two entrance/exits to this long narrow cage enclosed with two chain link fences, covered with a mesh net, topped with two rolls of razor wire...
NEW YORK CITY--I fish 50 cents out of my pocket and the Arab man behind the
counter puts a newspaper in a bag for me. The front photo shows a rubber-banded
pile of U.S. bills being counted out by brown hands--$500 blood money to the
family of each Iraqi the U.S. admits to having killed. Most of the victims will
never be named or counted- -but in the photo you can make out the faces of the
dead presidents on the bills. I think of the slave-owning presidents and the
war-making presidents, and all the toil and exploitation around the world that
those bills represent,
A Rally "Get the Job Done" on July 20 at Liberty Pole demanding the NY State Government enact REAL school funding reform will symbolize the failure of legislators, or more precisely the resistance from racist representatives in the NY Senate, to fulfill judicial orders from today as well as the past.
In Rochester, NY on a hot July night during the Summer of 1964, violence erupted at a street dance when a routine arrest took a turn for the worse. This evening set the scene for three days and nights of conflict and unrest that ended when the National Guard was called to a Northern city for the first time. July â€™64, a riveting and definitive document on the Rochester riots, gives voice to the people who lived through this brief period that altered the course of history in our community 40 years ago.
Director Eison and Producer Christine Christopher will be present to introduce their new film and answer questions from the audience.
"Now we get to go out and lie to our members once again," a union staffer recently complained to me. She was referring to the 2004 presidential election, and her frustration is understandable. Like most of organized labor she, and her union, are convinced that the Bush administration must go, and that the only way to make that happen is to persuade their members, and millions of traditional non-voters, that Senator John Kerry represents their interests. This is a thankless and difficult task since, like the sister says, it's a lie.