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Washington's Wars and Occupations

By: 
Max Elbaum
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
Month in Review #21

THE ANTI-SURGE GETS ROLLING

OutNowIt's not about Bush's surge anymore. It's the Antiwar Surge that's capturing the headlines and threatening to upset all the warmakers' calculations.

On Jan. 27 "a raucous and colorful multitude" (Washington Post) brought their "Out Now!" message to the streets of Washington. With participants ranging from active duty GI's to members of Congress, the demonstration put the peace movement's muscle on display at a crucial moment.

New Orleans Community Spaces in Crisis

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
March 07, 2007

Common Ground Womens CenterCommunity centers have long been central to New Orleans organizing, serving as a gathering location for people, culture and ideas. One activist recently explained, "organizing here looks like neighborhood get-togethers, potlucks, block parties, and conversations on a neighbor’s porch. Its about culture and community." But 18 months after Katrina, many of New Orleans’ community spaces, vital resources in the reconstruction of the city, remain shuttered.

Steppin’ It Up: The New SDS

By: 
Doug Viehmeyer
Date Published: 
April 01, 2007

In 2006, youth and student movements around the world showed signs of life that have inspired and sharpened the focus of radical student organizers in the US.

ACTIVIST FORUM: The USSF, Rising from the Grassroots

By: 
Leonora Tisdale, Kiyoko McCrae and Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
June 08, 2007
    A breathtaking and unprecedented array of leaders and activists from grassroots movements across the US have been building for this year’s US Social Forum (USSF), June 27-July 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. Activists and organizers have strategized and planned for months—not just how to get there, but more importantly how best to use the USSF as a tool to support their organizing, and to connect their work with broader movements. Formerly incarcerated and their family and friends from across the US have organized a “family reunion” that will meet at the USSF. High school and college students have been organizing in their schools. Bus caravans will be traveling from points across the US. And there is much more.

The Battle for Iraqi Oil

By: 
Hiba Dawood and David Enders
Date Published: 
June 10, 2007
    The battle for access to Iraq’s oil by multinational companies backed up by a US military occupation is just beginning to brew. Foreign oil companies are counting on a new oil law that would replace the former state-run oil company and open Iraq’s oil fields to direct exploitation by foreign companies. Iraq’s powerful oil workers unions and a variety of other groups from Shias to Kurds are against this new law that the Bush administration is hoping to force on the Iraqi people.

Nothing Stops Mardi Gras

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
March 02, 2006

MardiGras06In New Orleans’ Central Business District, a prominent billboard advertising Southern Comfort liquor proclaims “Nothing Stops Mardi Gras. Nothing.” The festive ad haunts me, seeming callous and cruel, "you've faced a huge loss, and now we want to use your city and cultural traditions to sell a lot of alcohol."

Citywide, Mardi Gras is everywhere, but not without controversy.

Mourning for New Orleans

By: 
Jordan Flaherty, Suheir Hammad
Date Published: 
September 09, 2005

Its been six days since I left New Orleans, and I miss my home so much. I'm still in a daze, its hard to hold a conversation or to think straight.

People ask if everyone I know is ok, and I don't know what to say. There are so many stories, so many rumors, so many people dispersed around the US.

So many of us may never see each other again. I don't think any of us are ok right now.

One friend, a teacher, was searching the Astrodome while holding up a sign, looking for his former students. Another friend says she fears she'll never see New Orleans or her friends from there again.

Privatizing New Orleans

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
January 28, 2006

“I can’t stand it anymore, being lifted up and then smacked down again, just when we were all trying so hard to experience hope,” a friend tells me.

She was one of several people I know who were bystanders to Saturday’s shootings in New Orleans.

Last weekend, revelers filled the streets for one of our city’s most vital cultural traditions, the second-line – a roving street celebration put on by New Orleans mutual aid institutions founded in the 19th century and known as Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. This second-line was the biggest anyone I spoke to had seen, put on by 30 different Clubs.

Shelter and Safety

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
September 22, 2005

Last New Year's Eve, a Black Georgia Southern University student named Levon Jones was killed by bouncers in the Bourbon Street club Razzoo's. The outrage led to near-daily protests outside the club, threats of a Black tourist boycott of New Orleans, and a city commission to explore the issue of racism in the French Quarter. Despite widely-publicized advance warning, a "secret shopper" audit of the Quarter found rampant discrimination in French Quarter businesses, including different dress codes, admission prices, and drink prices, all based on whether the patron was black or white.

Letter to Black America on Palestinian Rights and June 10th March & Rally

By: 
endtheoccupation.org
Date Published: 
May 15, 2007

To Black America: It is time for our people to once again demand that the silence be broken on the injustices faced by the Palestinian people resulting from the Israeli occupation. On June 10th, the national coalition known as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (endtheoccupation.org) will be spearheading a march and rally to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.To Black America: It is time for our people to once again demand that the silence be broken on the injustices faced by the Palestinian people resulting from the Israeli occupation.