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The Long Arm of the UfPJ? (and RNC Photos)
DSCN3001.jpgNEW YORK CITY- A half a million people marched by the Fortified and Republo-filled Madison Square Gardens today, and many felt the conspicuous absence of a rallying point. Tolu Olupna, a NYC resident, felt that the march was “disorganized,” because of the lack of a rally space. “I would love to be listening to speeches right now,” Olupna said as she sat in the shade at Union Square with other marchers uncertain about just where to go.
But requests for a permit to rally on the Great Lawn were finally denied by the New York State Supreme Court. UfPJ officially asked people not to march to Central Park. After a long and inspiring march, a focusing point is a positive thing, it is a place to get out the message, a place to talk and connect with people. UfPJ didn’t win a permit, but does that mean that they should also act to discourage people from assembling anyway?
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31 Aug 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Politics
Grand Opening! Workers Fight to Unionize Sexuality Boutique
labor! sex! feminism! solidarity!

Organized labor has never been sexier! Grand Opening!, Boston's premier sexuality boutique, has once again revolutionized what it means to sell sex toys. GO! workers have voted to join with UNITE HERE! and form the Grand Opening! Workers' Union. They have taken this step due to the high turnover rate of good employees, the lack of adequate benefits, the lack of a consistently fair living wage, the desire for a meaningful voice in the workplace, and the lack of a formal grievance process, among other issues.
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27 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Gender : Labor
DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
capt.nyff10508270.jpgThe connection between the oppressive Democrats and the oppressive Republicans has finally been made! Over 500 people marched down the last bit of New York's Broadway and entered Union Square park triumphant, having marched 258 miles in 28 days spreading the message that the two party system does not and could not possibly represent the vast diversity that now resides in the United States.
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27 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Organizing : Politics
MBTA Bag Search Policy Still in Effect
tprot.jpgAccording to the Press Secretary for the MBTA, Joe Tesaturo, The Globe article “MBTA HALTS BAGGAGE SCREENING” is in fact not entirely truthful. The MBTA has not officially ended the bag search policy, and although the MBTA will not say when, where, or if bag searches will continue, they may begin again at any time. “Our security screening policy remains in place,” said Mr. Tesaturo, “If you look carefully at the globe article, nowhere in it does it say that the MBTA has officially ended the policy.”
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26 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
RNC Video ~ Paula Revere's Ride
Theatrics on Bikes in Manhattan to sound the Alarm.... 'Beware! The Republicans are Coming! Defend your City!'

The first video report from the RNC, a colorful patriotic street action mimicking Paul Revere's ride announcing the arrival of the Redcoats. Only this time the cry is "The Republican's are Coming!" and it's not Paul but Paula. An inspirational beginning to what could become the largest mass demonstration in New York's history!

If you haven't already made plans to get to New York it's not too late. The chinatown Bus is only $10 and places to stay can be found both at the housing and UfPJ links above.

From FluxRostrum.... Fluxview.
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26 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
Arbitrator rules UMass-Amherst international student 'fee' discriminatory
In a historic and possibly precedent-setting decision rendered August 15 an arbitrator ruled that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst must cease and desist charging international graduate student employees an international student ‘fee’ and that all students who paid the ‘fee’ shall be refunded. This victory is a result of a seven-month campaign led by the Graduate Employee Organization. GEO filed its grievance with the administration Dec. 29, 2003 claiming the ‘fee’ was a violation of the union’s non-discrimination contract clause which bars discrimination based on national origin or citizenship among other protected statuses. The aritrator affirmed GEO’s charge stating discrimination was inherent in the way the administration levied the ‘fee’ because it was only mandatory upon international students.
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23 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Labor : Race
Maintaining solidarity after the protests: Lessons from 2000
At the last RNC in Philly in 2000, over 400 people were arrested. One was Camilo Viveiros, a Massachusetts housing organizer who faced charges that could have led to 30-40 years in prison. Supporters mounted a strong supuport campaign over the next 3.5 years that led up to his acquittal. This article is not a narrative of that campaign, but an attempt to distill key lessons that may be useful as the RNC in New York approaches.
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20 Aug 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Organizing
NYC - Police Raid on IndyMedia Fundraising Event
Vcamera.jpgA multi-agency task force shut down a NYC Indymedia video team benefit late Saturday night, sparking complaints that the action was politically motivated. "I don't think every single department showing up here was a coincidence," said Brandon Jourdan, a video team organizer. "But maybe it was or maybe it was not. People will have to decide for themselves." || NYC IMC Video Team
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16 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media
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