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News :: DNC
Bush wants your church membership directory
01 Jul 2004
In a move sharply criticized both by religious leaders and civil libertarians, the Bush-Cheney campaign has issued a guide listing about two-dozen "duties" and a series of deadlines for organizing support among conservative church congregations.
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LOCAL Commentary :: DNC
Surviving Deadly Heat at this Summer’s Political Demonstrations
01 Jul 2004
Political protests in the middle of summer, such as the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC) protests this August in NYC, and those in Boston at the DNC, mix heat and adrenaline in what can be a deadly combination. Protests hold different demands than normal heat environments, including the need for protective clothing, such as long sleeves, pants, and shoes, when one would normally shed layers of clothing. And the need to avoid oil-based sunscreens that could trap pepper spray onto your skin. Then there are the usual problems to watch out for, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion/stroke, and sunburn. People forget that standing on hot pavement surrounded by lots of hot bodies for hours increases summer heat at protests. Likewise, many miles are often hiked on a protest route, yet few prepare for marches as they would for long summer hikes. Preparing for the heat with a protest environment in mind, will relieve the pressure on street medics who often get overwhelmed treating heat illnesses, and will give you more energy, and less discomfort, during protests in summer.
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Commentary :: DNC
Republicans and Sex Workers at the RNC and DNC: Good Old-Fashioned Pleasure (GOP)
01 Jul 2004
This August (2004), New York City will host the Republican National Convention (RNC). And the sex industry says it is gearing up for those “family value” Republicans to hit town with their fat wallets. During the FTAA protests in Miami in 2003, a judge said he watched police break laws all around him, and that the only reason he, himself, was not assaulted or arrested was that the police recognized him as a judge. And knowing full well that police officers and politicians are no strangers to the sex industry, as paying customers, I wonder how that plays out in real life during protests and police riots. Would a cop in NYC, for instance, jeopardize his working relationship with his favorite sex worker, by being violent on that person if they met on the front lines during the RNC protests this summer? Would a sex worker return to their previous working relationship with a cop in private, after experiencing assaults from him during political protests in public? Adversely, would police target sex workers they see at protests, later, on the streets, after the RNC, under the radar, when things return to “normal?” Unlike many of the protesters who come in from elsewhere and leave after the protests, people who work on NYC’s streets have to deal with the NYC police day in and out, and thus their participation in the week’s protest events during the RNC would have different considerations, I would think, than the out of town activist contingency.
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News :: International
01 Jul 2004
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, China, Russia, Spain, and Cuba.
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Commentary ::
Boston Cops go on a Dog killing frenzy
01 Jul 2004
If you saw the live local coverage you know the pit bull was mearly standing on the side walk sniffing the air. After giving a boy who through rocks at it two mild bites.
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LOCAL Announcement :: Organizing
Giant pieces of Chalk to appear on Boston Common this weekend!
01 Jul 2004
Modified: 02:46:29 PM
This July 2, 3, 4 the artists Allora and Calzadilla will distribute a public art project on the Boston Common (that will hopefully migrate elsewhere) entitled "Chalk"
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Review ::
US Taxpayer: Your itemized bill for the Iraq Occupation
01 Jul 2004
Findings by the Institute for Policy Studies and Foreign Policy in Focus: over 9,000 Iraqi civilians were killed; al-Qaeda's membership stands at 18,000; costs will exceed $3,400 for every US household.
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News :: Organizing
S. Korea: Bring Back The Troops Home!
01 Jul 2004
S. Korean anti war movement is intensifying the struggle against the plan to send additional 3,000 combat troops to Iraq. Instead we demand: Bring the troops home NOW!
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News :: DNC
Anti-War, Gay Groups To Protest at Kerry Fundraiser
01 Jul 2004
ThreeJerks.jpgAngry at his party’s attempted co-optation of their movements while offering little in return, anti-war and gay rights groups will protest at a fundraiser for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, 7:30 PM, Thursday, July 1 at the Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.
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Faherenheit 911 turns up the heat
30 Jun 2004

I went to Fahrenheit 9/11with a bunch of people who knew each other from work--and there was some real excitement in the air.

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