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Commentary :: Gender & Sexuality

The Not So Silent Scream

This Latin woman-girl-child could as easily be from Asia, India, the Middle East or Africa. Born into her economic and sexual caste. No way out. At most a baby-machine, and not a very good one at that.

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Peace & War : Police State

Tom Delay Scandal Continues to Explode

"...we saw more flames coming up followed by a second smaller mushroom which I believe came after the second smaller explosion."“

Eugenia Johnson of Port Alto, Texas

Free on $10,000 bail, Tom Delay's problems are only beginning. Although currently under indictment for abuse of campaign funds, the source of this enormous long-term funding comes from a legacy of crime that makes Al Capone look like an amateur...
RELATED: Legislation Sponsored by Tom Delay Protects Bush Family Interest

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture

The Wired Poets present Joie Cook 10/28/Final Performance

Wired Wash Café Open Mic
"Wired Poets"
FRIDAY 7 pm Sign up - 7:30 Start!

135 Laurel Street @ Pacific
(next to the Saturn Cafe)
Santa Cruz


JOIE COOK IS A MUSICIAN, POET, PAINTER who has returned to the Bay Area after a 4 year hiatus in the Northwest.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Media Criticism : Peace & War : Police State

The Charmed Life of Harriet Ellan Miers

Harriet Miers is used to having petty details handled for her- and invariably to her advantage. All he ever has to do is make sure that her boss, George W. Bush enjoys the same elegant service that she does. When Alberto Gonzales was appointed Attorney General, Harriet took over his duties. What were those duties? To establish an apologia for the US government policies of torture, as used in Abu Ghraib (Mirror of link))and Guantanamo Bay.

Miers has not veered from the course that Gonzales set for her, and continues to make "progress".

The charmed nature of the rewards she enjoys in her personal life for such superior service are beginning to come to light: although, you can be sure, the corporate media will be slow to bring the story to the national stage.


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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Resistance & Tactics : Transportation

Rosa Parks, Misremembered

parkspurple.jpgRosa Parks died yesterday at age 92. Over the days to come, we'll hear a lot of very-much deserved prasie for Parks' refusal to abide bigotry and her courage in the service of a cause. Unfortunately, we'll also hear a new round of recitations of the stubborn myth that Parks was an anonymous, apolitical woman who spontaneously refused to yield to authority and in so doing inspired a movement.

The truth, as Aldon Morris wrote in his book The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, is that a decade earlier in the 1940s Mrs. Parks had refused several times to comply with segregation rules on the buses. In the early 1940s Mrs. Parks was ejected from a bus for failing to comply. The very same bus driver who ejected her that time was the one who had her arrested on December 1, 1955...She began serving as secretary for the local NAACP in 1943 and still held that post when arrested in 1955...In the early 1940s Mrs. Parks organized the local NAACP Youth Council...During the 1950s the youth in this organization attempted to borrow books from a white library. They also took rides and sat in the front seats of segregated buses, then returned to the Youth Council to discuss their acts of defiance with Mrs. Parks.

This history is not hidden. But the Times' obituary describes Parks' arrest nonetheless as an event which "turned a very private woman into a reluctant symbol and torchbearer..." Parks was certainly reluctant to see too personal valoration of her as heroine distract from the broader movement. But she was not private about her politics. And her refusal to give up her bus seat was nothing new for her. As she would later tell an interviewer, "My resistance to being mistreated on the buses and anywhere else was just a regular thing with me and not just that day."

Tribute To Rosa on her 89th Birthday

The World Needs More Revolutionaries Like Rosa Parks!

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Announcement :: Peace & War

Foothill College: Direct Action Against Military Recruitment

Sabotage the War Machine!
Direct Action Against Military Recruitment


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News :: Poverty & Urban Development

Homeless Being Forced To Find Help (SL Streets)

Homeless in Contra Costa being forced to leave camps.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Poverty & Urban Development

Top Secret Wal-Mart Memo Exposes Blantant Greed and Corruption

As far as I know, the plans are moving ahead for a Wal-Mart store on the border of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in Pajaro. Do we really want THIS in our communities? Keep Wal-Mart out!

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Interview :: Alternative Media : Resistance & Tactics

Free Radio Santa Cruz: Radio Free Petaluma interview

Interview with Ed from Radio Free Petaluma an Unlicensed Microradio station at 95.5fm in California. Free The Air!!

audio: MP3 at 7.6 mebibytes

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LOCAL Announcement :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Resistance & Tactics

Last Night General Planning Meeting (10/29)

Since you weren't invited to the last First Night meeting...

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