Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

December 31, 2008

NYC Protest Against Israel’s Attack on Gaza, Saturday 1/3/09

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:33 am

The past few days of worldwide demonstrations have been an incredible reminder of how many thousands – rather, millions – reject the barbarity of Israel‘s occupation of Palestinian land and lives. The Barnard-Columbia ISO will be out again on Saturday in NYC for an important protest, and we’ll be hosting a meeting at La Pregunta Café next week, to talk about further steps for organizing support for Palestinian self-determination. All the details and more articles are below.

Recent articles and useful information for activists:

Eric Ruder’s analysis in Socialist Worker provides some much-needed context to the unfolding massacre, including an eyewitness account of the destruction, background on Hamas, Fatah, US support for Israel and the myth of Israeli “self-defense.”

Sara Roy’s article “If Gaza Falls” in the London Review of Books gives a mind-boggling account of how the recent attack has only exacerbated Israel’s long-standing attempts to cut off electricity, food aid, money and critical supplies to Gaza. It is an essential ‘fact sheet’ for all human rights and anti-Zionist activists.

Similarly, Seumas Milne, in the Guardian UK, explains why those politicians and pundits who claim that Hamas is the ‘aggressor’ have turned reality on it’s head.

The Guardian UK also gives a history of Israel’s nearly-ongoing military attacks on Gaza since 2006, when Hamas became the democratically elected majority in the Gazan parliament.

And last, but not least, today on Counterpunch, Tariq Ali argued why the Palestinian nationalist movement should raise…

…the demand that the country [Israel, the West Bank, Gaza] and its resources be divided equitably, in proportion to two populations that are equal in size—not 80 per cent to one and 20 per cent to the other, a dispossession of such iniquity that no self-respecting people will ever submit to it in the long run. The only acceptable alternative is a single state for Jews and Palestinians alike, in which the exactions of Zionism are repaired.

Protest Information for Saturday:

Stop Massacres in Gaza & Break the Siege!

Protest against the Israeli genocide against Palestinians!
Stop
U.S. support to Israel!

More than 350 Palestinians were murdered in 2 days. 1,600 wounded! After the huge demo on last Sunday, where more than 4,000 people showed support, and the other demos during this week, let’s keep the street shaking! Act now before it’s too late!

January 3rd. – 1 pm
Times Square, 42nd and 7th ave.
Followed by a march to the Israeli mission.

Trains: N,Q,R,S,W,1,2,3,7 to
Times Square

We must act now, before the massacres continue! Over 360 people were killed in Gaza since Saturday, December 27 in a series of Israeli attacks – with US-made and paid for weaponry – upon the Palestinian people. These cold-blooded killings come on top of a siege on Gaza that has killed hundreds by depriving them of medical care, deprivedGazans of electricity, power and fuel and attempted to strangle the life of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The people of Gaza are standing steadfast in the face of these massacres but our voices must be heard to demand an immediate end to the massacres and an end to US aid to Israel! The Israeli military is promising more massacres – we must say no NOW!

Join ISO discussions around the city next week:

STOP ISRAEL‘S ASSAULT ON GAZA!

Gaza is under attack by one of the most deadly military machines on the planet — the Israeli military. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth, which means despite Israel‘s claims about “precision strikes” against Hamas, civilians will always be in the line of fire. Further, the first attacks last Saturday came just as schoolchildren were returning home from school. According to an eyewitness, Dr. Haider Eid: “The timing was chosen to cause a massacre. The part of this that I’m still trying to cope with are the bodies of the children…The morgue at the hospital is the largest in Gaza City, but it ran out of space to keep the bodies.” To make matters worse, an ongoing embargo and siege of Gaza has left residents particularly ill-equipped to deal with the physical, medical, humanitarian and psychological consequences of this new offensive.

Come to a meeting to discuss what we can do here to join an international movement to STOP THE ASSAULT ON GAZA and to FREE PALESTINE!

BROOKLYN:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 7:30 PM
Park Slope United Methodist Church
410 6th Ave. (corner of 6th Ave and 8th St)

QUEENS:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 7PM
The Diversity Center of Queens
76-11 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor
between 76th and 77th Streets

MANHATTAN:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 7PM
La Pregunta Cafe
1528 Amsterdam Ave (at 136 St.)

sponsored by the International Socialist Organization

www.socialistworker.org | nycsocialist.org | nyciso@gmail.com | 646-452-8662

December 28, 2008

NYC Protests – Stop The Massacres in Gaza!

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:15 am

There will be a series of protests today (Sunday, 12/28), Monday and Tuesday in response to what the BBC has called the “the heaviest Israeli attacks on Gaza for decades” – killing at least 225 Palestinians as of this evening, with 700 injured.

The ISO has long supported Palestinian self-determination, and opposes Zionism and Israel’s long-standing position as the main prop of US imperialism is the Middle East (and far beyond, if you include weapons sales). Come join us in the protests being organized by Adalah, Al-Awda and others.

The information about the protests are listed below, and here are three articles with more information:

Basic BBC article from earlier today

Great analysis from Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada

Haaretz points out that far from a “response” to any provocation, the attack was planned out six months ago.

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NYC Protest information for this Sunday, Monday & Tuesday:

Stop The Massacres in Gaza
Lift The Siege

NYC- Dec 28-29-30

http://maannews.net/en
www.aljazeera.net/english

 

Sunday

ALL OUT!
EMERGENCY PROTEST!
MASSACRE IN GAZA – OVER 200 MURDERED

PROTEST – Sunday, December 28, 2008
2:00 PM
Rockefeller Center – 50th St. and 5th Ave.
March to Zionist Consulate – 42nd St. and 2nd. Ave
NYC!

We must act now, before the massacres continue! Over 200 people were
killed in Gaza on Saturday, December 27 in a series of Israeli attacks
– with US-made and paid for weaponry – upon the Palestinian people.
These cold-blooded killings come on top of a siege on Gaza that has
killed hundreds by depriving them of medical care, deprived Gazans of
electricity, power and fuel and attempted to strangle the life of the
Palestinian people in Gaza.

The people of Gaza are standing steadfast in the face of these
massacres but our voices must be heard to demand an immediate end to
the massacres and an end to US aid to Israel! The Israeli military is
promising more massacres – we must say no NOW!

ALL OUT TO PROTEST THE MASSACRES IN GAZA!

 
Monday

 

Join Adalah-NY Monday, Dec 29th as we raise awareness of and
protest Israel’s attacks against Gaza and ongoing war crimes.
Adalah-NY will be leafleting on Monday, from 5:00 to 6:00 at Union
Square and Herald Square. We will then meet up in Herald Square for a
funeral procession up 6th Ave to Bryant Park.
We will be posting our flier to our website, www.adalahny.org by
tomorrow morning. It will be both an informational flier and will
announce the funeral procession. We encourage all concerned
organizations and individuals to distribute the flier widely to the
general public and to join the procession on Monday at 6:30.
Flier will be posted tomorrow morning to www.adalahny.org. Please
print and distribute widely as organizations and individuals.
Adalah-NY is organizing two meeting locations for fliering on Monday at 5:00 :
The south end of Union Square, near the corner of 14th St and 5th Ave.
The park south of Herald Square, between 32nd & 33rd St., between
Broadway & 6th Ave.

We welcome you to join us and we encourage other organizations to
choose their own locations and then to join the procession.
We will all meet-up for the procession up 6th Ave at to Bryant Park at
6:30. We will be meeting in or near the park south of Herald Square,
between 32nd & 33rd St., between Broadway & 6th Ave. Look for the
Palestinian Flag.

 
Tuesday
STOP THE MASSACRE OF PALESTINIANS!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30: NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Emergency Demonstrations on Tuesday, December 30 and other days (listed below)

The ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine
Alliance, National Council of Arab Americans, and Al-Awda,
International Palestine Right to Return Coalition are calling for
Tuesday, December 30 to be a National Day of Action to show
solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and to demand an
immediate end to the murderous attacks carried out by the Israeli
military against the people of Gaza.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza have been massacred and wounded
today as Israel has launched a massive bombing campaign against the
people of Gaza. The bombing rampage took place as thousands of
Palestinian children were in the streets on their way home from
school. Palestinian parents were running frantically in the streets
looking for their children as U.S.-provided F-16s and Apache
helicopters rained down more than 100 bombs and missiles on Gaza.

The U.S.-backed Israeli Occupation Force destroyed every security
station in Gaza. AFP reported: “There was no space left in the morgue
and bodies were piled up in the emergency room and in the corridors,
as many of the wounded screamed in pain.”

Because of the U.S.-backed Israeli blockade and strangulation of the
people of Gaza for the past 18 months there is little or no medicine
to treat the wounded, electricity for hospitals, or food or clean
water for much of the population.

An Israeli military spokesperson said, “The operation is ‘only just
beginning’.” The Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement: “The
action will continue and will widen as much as is demanded according
to the evaluation of the situation by the high command of the army.”

TAKE ACTION:
– Demonstrations Across the Country
– Send a letter to the State Department and Congress

New York City
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
Israeli Consulate: 800 2nd Ave (b/w 42nd and 43rd St)

December 19, 2008

New School Occupation WINS!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:02 pm

Who’s next – Columbia? CUNY? We’re all overdue!


University in ExileOccupation

Wins Major Victory over

University Administrationin 3rd

Day (3 am) !!

After more than two weeks of concerted actions on campus, students in the occupation were finally able to win significant victories in the ongoing struggle to improve the New School. Those victories include: an agreement not to press charges or impose academic punishments for students involved in the protest, the implementation of a Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) committee within the university, more autonomy and power for Student Senate to communicate with the student body, more representation on the Board of Trustees for students and faculty, and finally the creation of more student study space on campus. As of approximately 4am this morning New School and other students have left the 65 5th Avenue building and declared the occupation successful, ending this stage of the action.



Agreement with New School President Bob Kerrey

1) I agree to grant total amnesty for all participants involved in the occupation and all events related to it over the course of 12/17/08 through 12/19/08 at all New School Buildings. Neither criminal charges nor academic disciplinary measures will be pursued against those involved. The University will not press charges against Eliot Liu.

Agreed.

Staff and security guards will be compensated for all time lost over the course of the occupation.

This is not necessary. They have been compensated.

2) I agree that students may use the GF building at 65 Fifth Ave until a suitable replacement is secured and instituted, which would include the re-installment of suitable library and study space. This would need to be approved by the USS.

Due to my limitation under the board, and because of repeated and voiced student concern about the university’s investments, this is already underway for alternative space. I guarantee that by the beginning of spring semester I will provide new library space in Arnold hall. I will also provide 7000 feet of quiet study space at Sheila Johnson galleries by the end of spring semester. I agree to meet with the students to discuss the current plans, alternatives, and financial planning.

3) I agree that students will have voting representation on the search committee for the interim-Provost and the Provost, as well as any searches that may take place in the future for a new President. The details of this will be worked out with representatives of the University Student Senate, and input from the student body at large.

Agreed.

4) I agree for student participation to establish a committee on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for the University’s endowment and that this committee will then establish an independent auditing process with the SRI framework. The committee to establish the SRI will meet by the first week of April, 2009.

Due to being limited by the board, and because of repeated and voiced
student concern about the university’s investments, I will urge my
investment committee to establish such a committee with student
involvement.

5) I agree to grant the University Student Senate the ability to communicate with the student body freely and without constraint (and to not restrict their access to Groupwise email and other technologies that enable this).

I agree with the greater autonomy of the university student senate with the stipulation that the email use does not violate federal law for the distribution of materials or FERPA regulations. I guarantee that I will immediately provide the university student senate with the tools necessary to have fluid communication, in particular with reference to groupwise email, with the student body.

6) I agree that a representative of the USS should be allowed to have a representative at meetings of the Board of Trustees in order to speak to specific issues that pertain to decisions passed by the USS or directly relating to USS business.

I have already asked the chairman of the trustees to consider adding a student and a faculty member to the boards in this capacity. I have agreed to ask the board to do this.
Signed,

Bob Kerrey

12/19/08

New School Occupation Update

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 5:17 am

Of course,  the best place to go for updates is still:  http://www.newschoolinexile.com

But we’ll keep posting supplementary notices here from time to time if possible.

Here is an update from one of our ISO members, from around midnight (Thursday night/Friday morning):

Just one building is occupied.  There was a brief, small sit-in at another building. Since then security and NYPD had all the buildings locked down.  Including the occupied building. At one point though, a door opened and the occupation grew  from 30-40 to 100,  along with another 100 people or so outside still.

Folks outside marched and took over 5th ave at some point, and also had an impromptu speakout.

Bob Kerrey himself made an appearance and was greeted by 100 students inside, and 100 outside chanting loudly “Kerrey, resign! Kerrey, resign!”

It seems that the administration is on the defensive and trying to negotiate rather than going in for arrests (although there have been some arrests); there’s some talk of some concessions  they’re willing to make re: student space, etc.. Though apparently they did just cut off the students’ access to bathrooms!

December 18, 2008

RALLY TONIGHT to support students at the New School

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 4:30 pm



*please forward widely*
Rally to Support New School Occupation!
10:30 pm
TONIGHT!
New School 13th Street & 5th Avenue
for updates:
http://www.newschoolinexile.com/

Students at the New School have joined those fighting for justice around the world by occupying their campus. They are demanding the administration honor their rights as students to shape the University in their own interest.  They are standing up to the corporate and military powers that are reshaping education across the country and have asked for your support.
From tuition hikes at CUNY to investing in war industries, it’s time to take our schools back!
Over 200 students are currently sitting in after weeks of organizing (see full demands below).  Students and supporters from across the city have been gathering to show solidarity for the occupation; organizers have asked those who support democracy and academic freedom to join them tonight.

~ Demands of the Occupation ~

• The removal of Bob Kerrey as president of our university

• The removal of James Murtha as executive vice president of our university

• Students, faculty, and staff elect the president, EVP, and Provost.

• Students are part of the interim committee to hire a provost.

• The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.

• Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and investments.

• The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments.

• The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the tearing down of 65 fifth Ave.

• Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.
• Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.
• Instead, money for the library and student life generally.

New School Students Occupying their School!

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:38 pm

The students at the New School (NYC) are currently occupying their cafeteria to demand greater student democracy, more scholarships and an end to the school’s investment in the military. Some ISO members went down there last night and it was a very dynamic, exciting situtation! The ISO will be joining them again today at various times – contact us if you want to come: columbia.iso@gmail.com

The students’ Open Letter of why they’re occupying, from their website: www.newschoolinexile.com

An Open Letter: Come Occupy a Building with Us…Now

Dear Friends,
We are writing to you from the inside of the New School Graduate Faculty Building on 65 5th Ave. We are occupying it. Right now. Literally.
Students of the New School University, along with our partners from other universities and groups – like NYU, Hunter College, City College of NY, CUNY Graduate Center, and Borough of Manhattan Community College, have organically risen up to demand the resignation of President Bob Kerrey, Executive Vice President James Murtha, and Board Member/torturer Robert B. Millard (he multi-tasks). We have come together to prevent our study spaces from being flattened by corporate bulldozers, to have a say in who runs this school, to demand that the money we spend on this institution be used to facilitate the creation of a better society, not to build bigger buildings or invest in companies that make war. We have come here not only to make demands, but also to live them. Our presence makes it clear that this school is ours, and yours, if you are with us.
The outside doors have been closed now, so we can’t exactly invite you in…sorry… We know you wanted a piece of the action, but we’ll be around for quite some time. Join us at 7 AM tomorrow when the doors open again, or come now to stand outside with a sign in solidarity. You are cordially invited to join us in any way you can. We are not going anywhere. In the meantime, check out our Web site: www.newschoolinexile.com. We have all night to make things interesting, and the website will continue to be updated. Stay tuned for the musical pieces, doctoral dissertations, and creative finger-paintings that seem to be the natural result of 150 students locked into a building together for a night.
We are here, making decisions collectively, doing teach-ins, listening to music, studying, singing. We’ve got an upright bassist, guitarists and vocalists (If anyone can volunteer a drum-set we’ll be well on our way…). We’ll be here until this university changes, or until the party gets boring (but it doesn’t seem likely that will happen). We’re not going anywhere. We hope to see you soon, and if you really can’t wait a few hours – what the hell – occupy your own universities or work spaces.
Come use your voice to declare loudly that this school and this world are yours. Come use your mind to think up a better world. Come use your body to create it, one all-nighter in the university cafeteria at a time. Come stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of this university. Come to write letters of support to the people of the village of Thanh Phong whose parents were murdered by the current President of the New School during his service in Vietnam. Come join the struggle with the people of Iraq who are being tortured and killed by a company funded by this university and represented on the New School Board of Trustees. Come here to join the uprisings and outpouring of passionate resistance currently taking place all over this country, and all over the worlds – from factory workers in Chicago to students in Greece. Come for yourself. Come for all of us.
In solidarity, The New School in Exile

HERE is their statement from last night explaining more of their demands:

Dear New School Community,

As you may well know, the Radical Student Union (SDS, SEAC, UFPJ) organized a demonstration and sit-in at the Board of Trustees’ meeting last Wednesday, December 10th. Initially this demonstration was planned around our own issues with the Board regarding Robert B. Millard and his role as treasurer, yet after distributing flyers and vocalizing our disputes with Millard the end result was over 60 students who came to not only protest Millard, but Bob Kerrey as well. Upon hearing the faculty vote, we tailored our demonstration in solidarity with the faculty concerns as we saw an appropriate connection.

We strongly support their vote of No Confidence in President Bob Kerrey and Executive Vice-President James Murtha. They have systematically denied our rights as students to have any say in our own education. This is but one area in which their attempts to control and shape all aspects of the University in their own interest has stifled cooperation, democracy, and self-governance at the New School.

Can students honestly say that we want Bob Kerrey to be the president of this university when we are given no choice but to force him to simply hear our concerns, which he continually refuses to do? Should we not have a president who is democratically accountable to everyone in the university, who represents the interests of those whose efforts make this university run on a day-to-day basis? What trust can we have for an administration and board that not only supports him lock-step, but has
the audacity to assert that our concern with their role in the university is simply “misplaced anxiety over the state of the economy”?

Our country is indeed in a severe economic crisis — and meanwhile the costly occupation of Iraq, an unpopular and illegal war, rages on. The people of this country have chosen President Elect Barack Obama because he said he stands for hope and change in these times of need. Do we want a university president who not only believes that democracy can be militarily imposed on another nation, but also believes that he is accountable to no one when imposing his will on the academic curriculum, despite the fact that this university was founded in opposition to war and the strain it always puts on the academy?

If he believes in democracy, then why does he maintain a Presidential autocracy? Why did he organize a conference on “Free Inquiry At Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times” when he has proven himself to be the biggest threat to our university? Does Kerrey not remember that the New School was founded as the University of Exile, and posed as a haven for radical academics and activists who had to literally escape the possibility of death in Europe? We need a university president who can work to build solutions during these times of need, not one who is part of the problem. We need to make this university into a symbol of change for a world desperately in need of substance, and not just a brand created by the Offices of Finance & Business and Communications & External Affairs.

We in the Radical Student Union believe in a democratic university where we have a say in university decisions in proportion to the degree we are affected by their outcomes. As such, we believe deans, faculty, and students should not be denied the right to be involved in the decision-making processes that Kerrey and Murtha consistently keep us out of. We have the right to voice our opinions in regards to the future of this university and how it could be run under such freedoms.

If the faculty chooses to continue its efforts, they have the full and active support of the Radical Student Union. We have come together and have formulated a plan of action to build a more democratic university throughout the spring. Removing Kerrey and Murtha is a central concern. We will also continue to pursue Millard’s removal, transparency and accountability for the general budget and the endowment, and the creation of a committee on Socially Responsible Investment and University Self-Management. All of this is detailed in our booklet: “The Project for a Socially Responsible University.”

What We Want:

• The removal of Bob Kerrey as President of our university

• The removal of James Murtha as Executive Vice President of our university

• Election of the president, EVP, and Provost Students, faculty, and staff.

• Students as voting members of the interim committee to hire a provost.

• The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.

• Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and
investments.

• The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments.

• The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the
tearing down of 65 fifth Ave.

• Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.

• Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.

• Instead, money for the library and student life generally.

The Radical Student Union (SDS, SEAC, UFPJ)

December 9, 2008

Reminder: Thursday, Why Same-Sex Marriage Is a Civil Right & How We Can Win It

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 3:01 am

On Thursday we’re having a big meeting on the current fight for same-sex marriage, provoked by the passage of Proposition 8 in California. We’ve been at a lot of the protests and organizing meetings here in NYC over the past couple weeks and in some ways despite the disappointment of Prop 8 passing it looks like it might have kicked grassroots organizing for gay marriage rights in New York state (and elsewhere) into gear. Come learn about what’s been going on and what’s next – all the information is down below. As usual, if you’re interesting in taking the train up to City College together, just write us at: columbia.iso@gmail.com

Why Same-Sex Marriage Is a Civil Right & How We Can Win It

On November 15, 2008, the national spotlight settled on a newly invigorated civil rights movement. In New York and over 300 cities across the country, gay and straight alike took to the streets in the tens of thousands in a national day of action to oppose the passage of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure eliminating the legal right of same-sex couples to marry.

Coming on the heels of Barack Obama’s election as the first Black U.S. president and the ousting of George Bush, there’s been an overriding sense — both on the streets after the election and on recent demonstrations — that history is on our side and anything is possible. And growing numbers feel increasingly confident in calling for marriage equality now.

Despite the election confirming a general shift in the country to the left, ballot measures on November 4 banned same-sex marriage in three more states as well as lesbian and gay adoption in another. Come discuss why civil rights for lesbians and gays are under attack now, and what we can do to broaden the movement and win this important struggle.

7pm Thursday, December 11, 2008
City College of New York
North Academic Center (NAC) Room 1/211
138 St. and Convent
(1 train to 137 St. or A/B/C/D to 145 St.)

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.
Contact bill.linville@gmail.com for more info.

Check out these relevant articles from Socialist Worker:

“Out Proud and Fighting”
Sherry Wolf reviews the recently-released film Milk
(If you haven’t already – go see MILK, the new film about assassinated gay rights activist and SF city supervisor Harvey Milk. It’s amazing.)

“The unapologetic case for gay marriage”
Sherry Wolf makes the case that leftists ought to stand unapologetically with the struggle for marriage equality.

“Raising our voices for equal marriage rights”
Elizabeth Schulte rounds up reports sent in from around the country on the day of action against Proposition 8 in California:

“Myth of the Black-gay divide”
Sherry Wolf, author of the forthcoming Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of Gay Liberation, looks at the debate about why Proposition 8 passed in California.

December 8, 2008

Support the Chicago Factory Occupation!

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:42 pm

We usually don’t use this site for reporting news. But then again, workers don’t often take over their factories in present day America. What is this, 1937? Believe it. An almost entirely immigrant workforce, occupying  Republic Windows & Doors since Friday, when the company tried to close the factory. In a country racked by skyrocketing unemployment and foreclosures, this has quickly become a flash point for anger over inequality and greed. Obama came out today to say that the worker’s grievances are legitimate and the NY Times just reported that the state of Illinois “will no longer do business with Bank of America until the bank restores credit to the shuttered factory here where workers are continuing their sit-in.” If we want to see Obama and other politicians in Illinois stand behind their words, what is most needed now is solidarity from regular people like ourselves:

Read about it here: A rallying point for labor, by Lee Sustar

What you can do:

If you live in the Chicago area, there will be a picket of Bank of America’s Chicago headquarters at 231 S. LaSalle on Wednesday, December 10 at 12 noon (unless negotiations resolve the dispute before then).

Read updates from the UE about the battle at Republic on the union’s Web site. You can send a message of solidarity from the Web site, or by e-mail to leahfried@gmail.com. For more information, call UE at 312-829-8300.

The UE is appealing for financial support for the Republic workers. You can contribute via PayPal from the UE home page–see the box on the right. You can also send checks, made payable to the UE Local 1110 Solidarity Fund, to: 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607.

At the Jobs with Justice Web site, you can send a message of protest to Bank of America.

December 6, 2008

Protest: No Tuition Hikes for CUNY Students! No Budget Cuts!

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 4:22 am

The Barnard-Columbia ISO will be protesting on Monday, 12/8 in solidarity with our fellow students at the CUNY schools who are facing the prospect of tuition hikes next year due to Governor Paterson’s proposed budget cuts. CUNY schools used to be free until 1975, and that’s what they ought to be today.  With hundreds of billions of dollars going to bailout the banks and even more spent on the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan –  a fraction of this could make CUNY  and other public universities free again.

contact us at columbia.iso@gmail.com if you’d like to join us!

CUNY Students, Teachers & Workers Unite!

NO TUITION HIKE
NO Budget Cuts
NO Layoffs


Governor Paterson’s $51 million in budget cuts to CUNY are already causing class cancellations and layoffs of adjuncts and other staff. The threat of a $600 tuition hike still looms. So does a hike in subway/bus fares (together with layoffs at the MTA). CUNY’s Board of Trustees has sought a green light to raise tuition at will, while Chancellor Goldstein said the cuts could be “absorbed.” Paterson’s drive for even bigger cuts to CUNY, and to programs needed by the most vulnerable sectors of society, has only been delayed – now is the time to stop all the cuts, hikes and layoffs. Opponents of the tuition hike, cuts and layoffs will speak out at the CUNY Board of Trustees’ public budget hearing on Wednesday, December 3rd at 4:30 p.m., 535 E. 80th St. Then, when the Board holds its meeting, where it is supposed to vote on the budget, join us to

PROTEST

in front of the CUNY Board of Trustees meeting

Monday, December 8, 4 p.m.

Baruch College Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave. at 24th Street


Then, on the day Gov. Paterson is scheduled to announce his new executive budget, join us for a mass

RALLY

in front of Gov. Paterson’s NYC offices

Tuesday, December 16, 4:30 p.m.

633 Third Ave. at 41st Street

CUNY CONTINGENTS UNITE

Email: cunycontingents@gmail.com


December 3, 2008

Saturday: Citywide Teach-In for Single-Payer National Healthcare

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 3:38 pm

The Barnard-Columbia ISO has been working with a local coalition of health care advocates, Private Health Insurance Must Go! on a national campaign for truly free health care for everyone. Given the devastating effects of increased unemployment right now and the overwhelming amount of medical bill debt that many people currently hold, this campaign has never been so urgent.

___________________________

CITYWIDE TEACH-IN for Single-Payer National Healthcare (H.R.676)

Expanded and Improved Medicare for All!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2008

Join a NYC-wide TEACH-IN on high profile strategies to build a united front of sustained political action that creates a national single-payer healthcare system in the U.S.

· Place: 25 West 43rd Street, 18th floor
· Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Sponsored by PHIMG and supported by AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP); American Medical Student Association (Region 2); Astorians for Peace and Justice; Brecht Forum; Children Rise Foundation, New York City Region; Coalition Against Privatization; Code Pink; Community Empowerment Network, Inc; Democracy for New York City (DFNYC); For a Better Bronx; Granny Peace Brigade; Gray Panthers, NYC Network; Green Party, Manhattan Local; Green Party of New York State; Healthcare-NOW!; Healthcare Work Group of the Coalition for Democracy of Central New York; Housing Works, NYC Chapter; Hunger Action Network; International Action Center; International Socialist Organization; Latinos for National Health Insurance; Long Island Coalition for a National Healthcare Plan; Malcom X Grassroots Movement; Million Worker March Movement; National Conference of Black Lawyers, NYC Chapter; NYC Democratic Socialists of America; NYC Katrina Solidarity Committee; NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW); NY Solidarity Coalition with Katrina/Rita Survivors; Operation Power; Physicians for a National Health Program – NY Metro Chapter; Progressive Democrats of America; Progressive Democrats New York City Congressional District 14; Raging Grannies; Retiree Advocate Caucus, UFT; Socialist Action; Socialist Party – USA (NYC); United for Peace and Justice.

For more info visit the Private Health Insurance Must Go! Coalition at www.phimg.org

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