Noam Chomsky discussing the crisis formed from unregulated capitalism, and how to create social movements that have the power to fight it.
As a commentator, educator, public intellectual, and one of the best known anarchist voices in the U.S., Noam Chomsky has become a defining perspective as social movements develop. His analysis of the shift in global capitalism, and our own role in its flux, has seen a recharge of importance as we entered the “new normal” of the post-2008 economy. Like was done with workplace struggles at the birth of the union movement, we are attempting to locate housing struggles out of the abstract legislative sphere and back into the neighborhoods. With the foreclosure crisis and the Occupy Movement that followed, a housing movement that saw occupation and defense as central began to be birthed against all conventional wisdom.
I sat down with Noam Chomsky to discuss the growing Take Back the Land and housing justice movements, the nature of the foreclosure crisis, the Occupy Movement, and what radical politics will look like in this new period of social movements.
In this interview, David talks about his entry into the peace movement, the abolition of war, the sequester, and North Korea, among other topics.
Either we're gonna stop investing in billionaires, bombers, and the war machine, and start investing in people or we're headed for absolute disaster, be it climate disaster, nuclear disaster, or other military and economic and environmental collapse. We have to change course.
You do not have to be a designer to see that Rochester has a problem—well, a number of problems, actually. That we continue to make the same mistakes, however, regarding design of our built environment, is perhaps one of the most egregious. This column highlights some of the worst offenders in Rochester—some of which are still being built…
Submitted by SusanGalloway on Mon, 2013-04-15 03:37
As the Federal government and state governments are putting more and more importance on standardized tests, parents, educators, students and community members are fighting back against this trend. Parents in the RCSD and surrounding towns spoke out on Friday in support of their children refusal to take the new NYS standardized tests. These tests are based on the new common core curriculum that has been set up by NYS. The testing is supposed to start on Tuesday April 16, 2013.
Elliott Adams is a very reasonable and easy person to talk with. A Vietnam War Veteran and past-president of Veterans For Peace, Adams put his body on the line to defend this country against communists only to realize that communists and the Vietnamese were not his enemies, but rather that his own governement was the enemy. To that end, Adams has put his body on the line in the way of the military industrial complex being arrested numerous times for civil disobedience against the unconscionable and immoral actions of the United States government. And now they have drones.
It is important to understand that drones are being used to commit war crimes... It will not be stopped unless we the people make it stop.
On April 10, 2013, Rochester Indymedia had the chance to interview veteran and peace activist Elliott Adams who will be going to Syracuse, NY on April 26-28th for the “Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire" convergence. Check it out!
For more about the upcoming, anti-drone "Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire" convergence in Syracuse, NY, please go to Upstate Drone Action dot org.
Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State- and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
On April 4th, Rochester Indymedia had the chance to speak with Nick Mottern--a Vietnam War veteran turned anti-war activist. He runs the website KnowDrones.com and he has traveled nation-wide showcasing his model drone exhibit in order to raise consciousness about the negative moral implications of drones. In addition to his current antiwar activities, he teaches workshops on how to build model drones and will be giving a workshop at the convergence being held in Syracuse, NY—Resisting Drones, Global War, and Empire—from April 26th to 28th.
Submitted by Jack Ossont, Coalition to Protect New York on Wed, 2013-04-03 22:35
April 2, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Citizens’ Challenge to Painted Post Municipal Water Sale Upheld
NYS Supreme Court Judge rules that Village skipped necessary reviews.
Citizens across New York cheered last week when a New York State Supreme Court judge annulled the bulk water sale agreement between the Village of Painted Post in Steuben County and a Shell Oil affiliate, SWEPI, LP.
On March 25, Monroe County Justice Kenneth R. Fisher issued his decision voiding the agreement and enjoining any further shipments because the Village had not done the required environmental review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
On February 7, 2013, at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, faith, labor and community members heard from garment workers who sew apparel in Honduran and Haitian factories owned and contracted by Gildan Activewear, a Montreal-based apparel company that supplies government entities in addition to companies like Adidas and Walmart.
My name is K, nice to meet you. Welcome to some of my darker experiences as a trans woman. After a few foiled attempts at trying to “better” the trans community and graduating from undergrad I decided it was time to move back to Rochester where I grew up and started my transition. To be honest, I felt entirely defeated as a person and sat on my increasingly fat ass for a year before I decided to start doing something about it. So here it is, I’m going to tell bits and pieces of a particular story that involves rape, the trans community, the gay community, racism, sex
Submitted by SusanGalloway on Sat, 2013-03-23 01:20
10 years ago the U.S. attacked the country of Iraq over lies that were repeatedly told to the people of the U.S. and the world. The mainstreet/corporate media played a large part of selling the Bush Administartions need for the invasion of Iraq. Rochester Indymedia and other independent media outlets in the U.S.
As has been well documented in the media, the nation of Greece is in the throes of an economic meltdown. Austerity measures aimed at paying off an astronomical debt load have plunged the economy into a death spiral, and sparked nationwide protests and strikes. Unemployment is at 27 percent and climbing.
Submitted by cnycitizenaction on Wed, 2013-03-20 19:41
Utica, NY: Today about 40 local citizens and representatives of community, labor, and human service organizations held a vigil in Downtown Utica to ask that Congress repeal Sequestration, immediately adopt a fair budget, and protect Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare from benefit cuts.
On February 18, 2013, Pete Eyre, a co-founder of Copblock.org, was in town on a Copblock tour. Independent journalist Davy V. gave Rochester Indymedia the heads-up and we had a chance to sit down with Pete and talk about Copblock.org and the tour.
THATCampFeminisms West (Scripps College): We will be working in person (at Honnold-Mudd Library in Claremont) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. We are encouraging all THATCamp attendees to join us and we welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us virtually.
Duke University: We will be working in person at the FHI Conference Room, Bay 4, C-107, Smith Warehouse from 1pm-3pm. Anyone is welcome to join in, or if you cannot come physically, do think about joining us virtually!
THATCampFeminisms South: Join us in person at Emory University Library – Jones Room, 3rd Floor, 11am -3pm EST
JustPublics@365 at the Graduate Center of CUNY. 11am-3pm EST. 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6304.01. Anyone welcome - just need a photo ID for entrance to the building.
Event: An edit-a-thon! Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and collaborate with others to write about topics related to women and feminism!
On February 14, 2013, the Green Party of Monroe County held a special meeting where Emily Good presented the topic of "Love as a Revolutionary Force." The meeting took place at the Flying Squirrel Community Space.