Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government which began at midnight today is a body blow to our economy that could prove difficult to bear. Coming on the heels of the automatic budget cuts of sequestration, which are already forecast to cost 750,000 jobs this year, and three years of an anemic economic recovery, the furlough of almost a million federal workers is just not what the economy needs right now. The shutdown was touched off by a Senate vote yesterday to turn down a measure that would have kept the government operating for 10 weeks in exchange for a one year delay in Obamacare.

Bradley Manning acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy” charge, month-long sentencing phase now determines fate

“We won the battle, now we need to go win the war,” shared defense attorney David Coombs following today’s verdict. “Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire,” he said to dozens of emotional supporters outside of the Fort Meade, Maryland military courtroom. Coombs expressed subdued optimism going into the expected month-long sentencing phase of the court martial that will determine how long Bradley Manning will remain in confinement.

Crackdown on Turkish Uprising: Police Hammer Youth Revolt as Fight Continues Against Inequality and Repression

As a sea of riot police backed by water cannon trucks pushed past the barricades, seizing the center of Taksim Square in a barrage of teargas and rubber bullets, the small environmental protests-turned-urban anti-government revolt entered a new stage. In a bid to reclaim the square they occupied for the past week, Turkish youth, woken from their tents to the sound of exploding teargas canisters, erected new barricades, throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails and fireworks in pitched battles with police throughout the day.

LGBTQ leaders uphold selection of Bradley Manning as SF Pride grand marshal


Recently, it was announced that PFC Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration. We felt this decision was a bold and uplifting choice, bestowing a great May honor on a young whistleblower being persecuted for following his conscience.

Boston Marathon Suspect's Treatment Shows How 'War on Terror' Has Killed Basic Rights

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks shows that what was once a given--providing a suspect accused of a crime with Miranda rights--has turned into a long-shot due to the country’s “war on terror” mentality. The suspect in custody, 19-year-old American citizen Dzokhar Tsarnaev, has not been read his Miranda rights, despite the fact that he has been questioned by law enforcement interrogators.

Report backs from the World Social Forum

Occupy the WSF

Dear people,

In 1999 the counter-globalisation movement burst onto the streets at the WTO conference in Seattle. Two years later, in Porto Alegre, the movement began to organize its own alternative summits.

Since then, every year, representatives of NGOs and social movements gather in a Third World location to discuss, to connect, to teach, to learn, to share.

Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History

I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness -- and oh yes, it was madness -- not filtered through a complacent and sleepy media that made Washington’s war policy seem, if not sensible, at least sane and serious enough. I stood at Ground Zero of what was intended to be the new centerpiece for a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East.

Reflections from an Occupier

Occupy. Since last fall this word has taken on a life of its own, representing a new mass social movement. Occupy was my first time participating in activism and for many of us who were in that situation, we faced quite the learning curve. In order to build and sustain a successful movement, we need to take the time to reflect on lessons learned while we're grappling with the million dollar question: Where does OccupyDC go from here?

Training as Action

Usually, direct action training is what it sounds like: training in preparation for a direct action. Sometimes, however, the training itself is the action. Consider this story. The members of a hospital workers union were frustrated because their strike was being disregarded by the employer. The formerly locally-owned Pennsylvania nursing home where they worked had been taken over in the 1980s by a Canadian corporation that wanted to break the union.

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