UMass Junior Chris Garner had worked hard on the student newspaper to get his press pass for the Presidential debate on his campus. When he photographed police confronting protesters outside, one officer grabbed his neck and shoved him. Another pushed him against a metal guardrail. A third told him, "so, is this your press credential? Well, consider it revoked," and ripped the cord from his neck. Then police hit a young woman with a club.
The Homeless People's Network was the big news when the North American
Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) met in Edmonton this past summer. By
unanimous vote, HPN - a discussion list exclusively for homeless and
formerly homeless people - became the first online member to join the ranks
of the scrappy, ink-stained papers that make up the association.
At 5:00pm on October 3, about two thousand people gathered at the Roxbury District Court building in Dudley Square to protest the death penalty and the exclusion of Ralph Nader from the presidential debate.