'Eyewitness to Occupation' events

“This is just what we need to be doing,” was the reaction of many of the participants in two Connecticut “Eyewitness to Occupation” events featuring remarks by Judith Le Blanc following her two-week fact-finding tour as part of a delegation of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Manhattan public access TV elects new chairman of board

NEW YORK – The Board of Directors of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), the recently expanded public access cable television network, has elected one of New York City’s most active advocate journalists, Donald Suggs, as its new chair. A former senior editor at The Village Voice and a long-time freelance reporter published in The New York Times, Suggs replaces Larian Angelo, budget director for the New York City Council, who stepped down this month.

Jacobs Ladder a timely film

Jacob’s Ladder is an anti-war film released in 1990, a month before the start of the Gulf War. It’s about life and death, love and humanity, but the studio promoted it as a horror movie. It came and went in an instant but many consider it among cinema’s most memorable films.

Lawyer challenges detention

Attorney Donna R. Newman announced June 11 that she will challenge the detention of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who is being held by the Justice Department without criminal charges as a suspect in a “bomb plot.”

Protests to meet Mayors' Conference

MADISON – The United States Conference of Mayors will be here shortly. Banners announcing their 70th annual convention adorn street signs in the vicinity of the capitol, and veteran protester Ben Masel appeared on local television a few nights ago announcing a compromise with the Mayor and Police Chief concerning the size of the protest-free zone around the event.

The U.S. role in the Venezuelan coup

When the coup took place in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 11, the usurper of the U.S. Presidency, George W. Bush, had his press agent, Ari Fleischer, state, “Chavez brought it on himself.”

A measure of the man Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, a world-renowned scientist whose life bridged humanity, science and social involvement, died in May of lung cancer at age 60.

Juneteenth celebrates emancipation

“Juneteenth,” June 19, is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union General Granger and his regiment arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years after it was issued.

Ashcrofts guidelines threaten Bill of Rights

Attorney General John Ashcroft has just issued new guidelines for FBI surveillance and investigations, which threaten to take us back to the days of J.Edgar Hoover. He has now virtually given absolute power to FBI field office directors to investigate anybody and everybody at their own discretion.

RadFest 2002

WILLIAMS BAY, Wisc. – Here on the rustic lakeshore George Williams-Lake Geneva campus of Aurora University, about 235 scholars and activists came together May 31 to June 2 for RadFest 2002. The event is the latest in a series of annual gatherings that have been held throughout Wisconsin.

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