How Influential Immigrant Rights Group Used Police to Suppress Other Immigrant Rights Activists on May Day

By: Monday May 5, 2014 1:05 pm

According to MDC organizers, ICIRR and some individuals from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) did not want them at the front of the march with them. Marshals wearing yellow vests from SEIU and ICIRR linked their arms to block the MDC organizers from moving.

Garcia asked why they could not cross. They believed they had a right to move because they had something to say. They wanted to be at the front with their banner, where all the press and cameras were, and thought there was nothing wrong with doing that.

Suddenly, Garcia recalled, a cop came “out of nowhere” and said “come here.” He signaled and Garcia tried to walk away, but Garcia was apprehended and then arrested

 

In Midst of Publicity Stunt Real Cory Booker Shines Through

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 2:30 pm

How long can Cory maintain his public persona with all these dirty deeds piling up? And if he is so interested in higher office shouldn’t he be avoiding irritating the people he would need? There has already been talk of Booker taking on Governor Christie in 2013. Two words: Ha. Ha.

Union Coalition Promotes “Jobs Not Cuts,” Directly Targets Democratic Senators

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 9:35 am

A coalition of unions has released the first set of ads pressuring Democrats on the grand bargain, with an explicit message of “Jobs Not Cuts.”

Has Google Destroyed the 4th Estate?

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 2:24 pm

Google’s incredible profits didn’t materialize out of nothing. They are derived because as the news audience has migrated online, Google has skimmed the lion’s share of news advertizing revenues for itself. That money used to go to pay for investigative reporting. Google’s glittering balance sheet basically comes from driving the 4th estate out of business.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Arthur Goldwag, The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 1:59 pm

For anyone fascinated by the spectacle of colorful conspiratorial minds at work, the last decade has provided for some gripping snorkeling. The growth of the 9/11 Truth movement, the reemergence of the John Birth Society, the persistence of Birtherism and its variants — there’s been no shortage of conspiracy activity at which to gawk and attempt understanding. It was Arthur Goldwag’s fate that this bubbling in the fever swamps turned furious just he was submitting a manuscript to his publisher entitled Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies.

The sudden dynamism in a subject he had just written about historically left Goldwag with a choice. He could curse his luck and take a vacation, or he could turn his just-completed manuscript into the first half of a two-book project. The fruit of his decision, The New Hate, is the subject of today’s salon.

Catholic Bishops Oppose “Hawaii Compromise” on Birth Control Access

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 10:30 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has reportedly rejected a proposed compromise with the Obama Administration on birth control access rules for religiously affiliated institutions. Under the “Hawaii compromise” any exempt religious organization would have to tell enrollees how they could directly access contraceptive services from their insurance company. But advocates of ensured access don’t want to force employees to beg their employers for a right they should have.

#N17 Marches, Good Jobs LA and Occupy LA: Actions and Arrests

By: Friday November 18, 2011 11:30 am

Thursda,y in two separate actions, several hundred people participated in a march organized by Good Jobs LA, with folks from Occupy LA, SEIU and citizens joining in as part of a general day of action to protest police actions in New York and elsewhere; planned arrests went off without a hitch. Later in the afternoon, a large group from Occupy LA marched back to the Bank of America branch and some folks were arrested. There was no violence in either action.

Come Saturday Morning: Minnesota’s 99% to Wall Street: Don’t Foreclose on the American Dream

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 7:10 am

Minnesota’s 99%, OccupyMN, came to start the occupation of the Hennepin County Government Plaza, now also known as The People’s Plaza, in downtown Minneapolis. They’re going to stay there for at least the next three months — yes, deep into the famed Minnesota winter. (Hey, if the Madison folks could camp outside without tents in mid-winter, we can too. Quality sleeping bags are a must.) You can watch the occupation live here and see what’s going on at any given moment.

Occupy LA Day 4: “Stay as Long as You Need, We’re Here to Support You”

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 4:50 pm

The Occupy LA Livestream is up and running. When the mods are sleeping, there are re-runs of the past days: General Assemblies, marches interviews. And a visit from City Council members, who told the Assembly, “stay as long as you need.” The LAPD has been cordial and all is well. It’s raining hard today; so, heavy duty trash bags are ready for the rain to cover signs; tarps are needed.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steve Early, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old?

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 1:59 pm

Labor commentator, and former union staffer, Steve Early draws on years of trade union activism to shed light on labor’s troubled path over the last decade. His recent book, The Civil War’s in US Labor, examines the internal conflicts which have wracked the labor movement over the last decade: the 2005 split of several international unions from the AFL-CIO to form the Change to Win coalition, the subsequent fracturing of Change to Win, and the internal conflict within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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