Teach In For Troy Davis Tonight in NYC

15 07 2009

You can find out about more local events surrounding prisoner rights, prison reform, and death penalty abolishment by following the NYC Campaign to End The Death Penalty on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cedpnyc

Teach-In For Troy Davis

Please join the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Amnesty International and others in a “teach-in” about Troy’s case, learning the facts behind this shocking injustice, and debating what the next steps are for a movement to stop Troy’s executions – and all executions.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

521 West 126th st

(between Amsterdam and Broadway)


*AMY GOODMAN, host of Democracy Now!

*Michael Letwin, activist, member of the Association of Legal Aid Attorney

Musical groups:? The Welfare Poets

And many others!

Troy Davis — sentenced to death in 1991 — remains on death row despite a compelling case of innocence. With no physical evidence, the case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies event at the time of the trial. All but two of the state’s on-police witnesses have now recanted or contradicted their testimony. This new evidence has never been reviewed in a court of law. His case has become a symbol of the racism and inequality that exists of the U.S. criminal justice system and the death penaty machine, with an international movement of solidarity springing up around him. Public pressure has helped halt his execution three times so far – but today he is nearing the end of his legal options, and could be send to the death chamber as soon as October if the US Supreme Court rules against him.

You can learn more about Troy Davis at Amnesty International.



July 4th In NYC For Activists!

4 07 2009

3686025521_57c4d5a8fePhoto By tinylockets July 3rd Coney Island Fireworks

Norman Siegel reads the Constitution & Declaration of Independence at Noon. Location: Strawberry Fields, Central Park. More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ljv3vl

Petitioning With Yetta Kurland from Noon – 4pm (Today & Tomorrow). Location: The Brecht Forum More information: http://tinyurl.com/nhy5ks

Single Payer Leafleting & Petitioning with PHIMG, PNHP, ACT-UP from 2-4pm. Location: Seating area on Broadway between 42nd & 43rd. More information: http://tinyurl.com/molbwg

Vegan Picnic & Protest with WAR (Win Animal Rights) at 2pm. Location: Columbus Ciricle 59th St. & Broadway (Meet in the Main Lobby @ Whole Foods). Protests begin after the picnic. Should be informative!

Vox Pop 4th of July Bash at 4pm-Midnight. Location: Vox Pop Cafe, Brooklyn. More information: http://www.voxpopnet.net/

1st Amendathon with Reverend Billy Talen, Yetta Kurland, & Norman Siegel from 4-6pm. Location: Union Square Park. More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mvz887


9/11 was 8 years ago. We can all fight violence now with trust and play in public space. Our 1st Amendment freedoms will grow our safety.” Reverend Billy Talen

Know Your Rights Bike Ride with Times Up! 4:30pm leaving from the 1st Amend-a-thon. More information: http://tinyurl.com/nawyry

4th On Fire Concert & Cookout For Brecht Forum & Left Turn starting at 6pm. Location: SURREAL ESTATE 15 Thames St., Brooklyn. NY More information: http://tinyurl.com/ksytjl

3686830802_691e2e8f07Photo By tinylockets of July, 3rd Coney Island Fireworks

Reverend Billy Talen For Mayor of NYC Zine & Petition Training

30 06 2009

Reverend Billy Talen, Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City 2009, has released a Zine! in support of his campaign! How cool is that!?


Buttons are available at the headquarters at  250 Lafayette, 10012 and petition training to help get the Rev on the Ballot is this Wednesday July 1st at 7pm.  More Information at VoteRevBilly.org


Events For Activists 6/23-6/28

23 06 2009

You can visit the Stella D’oro picket line Monday – Friday. They are on the picket line every day in front of the Stella D’ oro plant, W. 237th St. & Broadway in the Bronx. http://www.stelladorostrike2008.com/

Tuesday June 23rd

Mass Call & Email for TROY DAVIS!!!!!

On June 25, the Supreme Court will conference to decide whether to allow a court to hear Troy Davis’s case. If the court rules against him, Chatham County, Georgia District Attorney Larry Chisolm will have a decision to make. Either he can reopen Troy’s case and let his evidence of innocence be heard, or he can perpetuate an injustice and seek another death warrant for Troy. On Tuesday, June 23, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on people around the country and around the world to call, fax and email Chisolm to seek justice, and remind him that we are watching to see what he will do.
Call, fax, and email Chatham County D.A. Larry Chisolm June 23. Let him know that we want him to re-open Troy Davis’s case. We expect him NOT to seek yet another execution date.

Phone: (912) 652-7308
(912) 652-7328 & (912) 447-5396
Email: LCHISOLM@chathamcounty.org

National Day of Action Against Wells Fargo at Wachovia, Broadway and Grand, 5 p.m List of Events Around the Nation. Force Wells Fargo & Wachovia to make good on the loans that the UE are counting on. More information on the dispute can be found at Workers.org.

Take Back WBAI organizer meeting @ 7PM District 1707 Union Hall 75 Varick Street – just North of Canal (Varick = 7th Ave south) 14th floor takebackwbai.org

At the Brecht Forum at 7:30pm:


Co-sponsors: Gloves Off Collective, Social Watch & Others TBA

Towards a People-Centered Economy

Alternative Responses to the Crisis

With: Diana Aguiar, International Gender and Trade Network
Sarah Anderson, Institute for Policy Studies
Larry Holmes, Bail Out the People Movement
Arjun Karki, LDC Watch
Pedro Paez, Ex-Minister of Economic Coordination, Ecuador and member of Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System
Jana Silverman, Social Watch (moderator)
Steve Suppan, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy and Our World is Not for Sale Network

Wednesday June 24th

Join the New York City Community Gardens Coalition for an action at  City Hall at 10am. The Coalition warns that our city gardens are not safe – come to the hearing to defend this public space.

Petition Training at 7pmReverend Billy HQ for his Mayoral Campaign. Details at Vote Rev Billy.

Gay Liberation Front Panel with original members of the movement  at 6 p.m., at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building South Court Auditorium, Fifth Avenue and West 42nd Street, 917 ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975). Details at the LGBT@NYPL website.

Bail Out the People Organizers Meeting at 6:30pm at the Solidarity Center. Solidarity Center, 55 W. 17th Street, 5th Floor.
Phone 212-633-6646. Email: Bailoutpeople@safewebmail.com. http://www.bailoutthepeople.org

Iran Election Protest Union Square Park 7pm – 10pm. More information at the event’s Facebook page.

Thursday June 25th

Iran Interrupted at 7pm. A free reading with Columbia University Professor Hamid Dabashi.  More information at Alwan For The Arts.

Professor Dabashi offers a reading of Iran that goes beyond the cliches of a country caught between a belligerent medieval tradition and an alien modernity to a more historical and culturally multifaceted approach.

Friday June 26th

Trans (Transgender) Day Of Action rally @3pm in Union Square & march at 4pm heading to Sheridan Square. Full details at SLRP.org.

MNYRCAT is marking the U.N. International Day for the Survivors and Victims of Torture with a public witness at Union Square that will be followed by a procession to the Friends Meeting House for our Interfaith Service of Prayer.  At our public witness, we will be collecting signatures on petitions calling for a Commission of Inquiry to ensure U.S.-sponsored torture never happens.

2.30 p.m. Public Witness at the Gandhi Statue at Union Square

3.30 – 4.30 p.m. Interfaith Service at the 15th Street Friends Meeting House
(15 Rutherford Place, East 15th between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)

Participate in the Public Witness. Please bring a sign that says, “Say No to Torture. Truth Commission Now.” Please bring extra signs, if possible, for those who may not have one.

Amnesty International

A Call to Action: NYC Rally to Protest Post Election Violence in Iran!
Columbus Circle
(at the start of Central Park Merchants’ Gate: West 59th St.)
Friday, June 26th, 2009
6:30PM – 8:30PM
W/Amnesty Intl – Executive Director

Saturday June 27th

“Our Future is Unwritten”  Organizing Conference
A Joint NYC/Northern NJ Socialist Party Organizing Conference

A Speaker from the Domestic Workers United
A Speaker from the striking Stella D’oro Workers Union
Jonas Sjostedt – Swedish Left Party
Bill Weinberg – WBAI’s Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade
Bola Aribidesi – Elderly Rights Activist
Rob Hollander – anti-gentrification organizer, Save the Lower East Side
Zelig Stern – New School Occupier and Single-payer activist

Free & Open To The Public Starting at Noon  at 339 Lafayette Street (corner of Bleecker) Buzzer #11

Sunday June 28th

The one, the only, the legendary NYC Pride Parade starting at Noon.

Volunteer Petitoners Wanted

Norman Siegel, former director of the NYCLU, and candidate for Public Advocate is a strong advocate for 1st amendment rights – Check out his views on the issues here: http://www.normansiegel.com/issues you can also check out a profile of him in last weeks issue of City Limits.

Yetta Kurland, a lawyer, is running against Christine Quinn for City Council. Check out http://yettakurland.com/splash/index.html And if you’re not convinced we need a replacement for Quinn check out this damning video:

Important Weekend Events For NYC Activists

29 05 2009

Saturday May 30th

  • You can come out and march with the Stella D’oro union superstars at Noon. The group will gather at Target, 225 St. East of Broadway (#1 train to 225 St.-Marble Hill (at B`way)) and rally and march to the factory at 237 St. & Broadway

Come out and show support for the Baucus 13, who boldly demanded the Single Payer option be represented at health care hearings, and who have been charged for standing up for every American’s right to health care and exercising their constitutioal right to free speech. 

  • Marriage Equality Candlelight  Peace Rally with the Love Equality Project in Times Square at the TKTS steps from 10pm-Midnight. You will be able to sign petitions and letters to the Senate.

Sunday May 31st


  • People’s Economic Summit – Tent City – starting at 11 a.m at  DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD PLAZA, 47th St. & 1st Ave

Come to the PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC SUMMIT–Share information and insight on how the economic is affecting poor and working people all over the U.S. and all over the world. Participate in panels and workshops. Help formulate a vision for a future free of social and economic inequality and injustice. Help plan the fight to make that vision a reality.

Invited speakers include: : UN Delegates, Cynthia McKinney, Ramsey Clark, Howard Zinn, Nawal El Saadawi, Medea Benjamín, Ajamu Sankofa, Vinie Burrows, Nellie Bailey, City Councilperson Charles Barron, Chris Silvera, Brenda Stokely, Larry Hamm, Lynne Stewart, Rev. Lucius Walker, Sonny Africa, Paul Quintos, Dulphing Ogan, Curtis Doebbler.

Sessions topics will include:

* Defending Immigrant/Worker Rights
* Building a Struggle of Youth and Students
* Communities of Faith for Peace and Justice
* Capitalist Crisis, Racism, Repression and the Prisons


Protests! Tonight 5/26

26 05 2009

“The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.” Emma Goldman

Protest the Proposition 8 Decision at Sheridan Square at 6pm and/or Union Square at 7pm. Details @ Day of  Decision

All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.” Richard Stallman 

Protest Karl Rove outside Radio City Music Hall at 6:30pm with War Criminal Watch.

“The death penalty, I think, is a terrible scar on American justice, especially the concept of equal justice under law, but also of due process.” Burke Marshall 

Troy Davis Meeting with Campaign To End the Death Penalty at 7pm at 521 West 126th Street (near 1 train at 125th).

Events: 5/13/09-5/17/09

13 05 2009


Still We Ride , a documentary about false arrests surrounding the 2004 RCN in New York will be screening with Times Up! at Vox Pop at 8pm. 


Mayoral Candidate Reverend Billy will kick off a one day “F  The Fair Hike”  F Train Whistle Stop Tour  on Thursday at 11 AM with a press conference at Rockefeller Plaza at 1pm and on into the evening.  Soon the good Reverend will also be touring the U.K.!



Bail Out the People Weekly Discussion Series at 7pm  Topic: The Pakistani President’s visit to Washington and the bloody offensive in the Swat Valley Dinner by donation starts at 6:30pm. Solidarity Center, 55 West 17 Street, 5th floor

AFL-CIO HEALTH CARE CAMPAIGN, presentation by NICK UNGER – Friday, May 15, 2009, 3-5pm at the Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor Conference Room. On May 15th, come hear Nick Unger, Training Director, AFL-CIO Health Care Campaign, talk about what we can do to make health care reform a reality.


Burlesque At The Beach – All summer on Thursdays at 9pm & Fridays at 10pm. $15 Bambi the Mermaid Presents: A Burlesque Salute to Grey Gardens! Starring Bunny Love, Clams Casino, Gal Friday, Sequinette, Matt Mohr, Dr. Likki & Tigger. Featuring Revolutionary Costumes & Mayhem!

Surrealist Theater at the Coney Island History Museum 10pm $10.


United for Peace & Justice will be hosting a fund raising & consciousness raising bike ride on Saturday Peddle for Peace on Saturday. Registration begins at 10Am and prices range from $25.00-$40.00 with children riding free. Check their website for more information.

Coney Island Film Society season opener “Psycho.”  8:30PM, $5 GENERAL PUBLIC, $3 FILM SOCIETY MEMBERS, FREE POPCORN! 


Marriage Equality New York ,  Broadway Impact & Civil Rights Front Rally – To counter an anti-gay marriage rally the group will gather at 40th street and 3rd Avenue to show their support for the gay marriage legislation introduced by Gov. Paterson and  just approved in the House. The rally will be at 1pm outside the Governor’s offices at 633 Third Avenue, Between 40th and 41st Streets

Later that night Broadway Impact is joining up with gay rights groups for a gala: 

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