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FLAG-BURNER

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									  Sofia Quintero’s                                                    Pride: The Crusade                                                  Iraq: Fragging in
  Hip-Hop Lit, p10                                                    & the Closet, p4                                                    the Ranks, p9

          THE INDYPENDENT                                                                 a FREE paper for free people •                                          Issue #72, June 29 – July 19, 2005




 WHAT IS THIS AMERICA?
 Featuring interviews with Kathy Kelly, Al Giordano of NarcoNews,
 GI resister Camilo Mejía, & Lynne Stewart on a people’s patriotism.                                         p6
Confessions of an Unrepentant
FLAG-BURNER
                                               By Jed Brandt

Burning the flag is downright un-American. It’s alien-                                                                                                                                           Irina Ivanova

ated and aggressive, a rejection of all the great things
this country is supposed to represent. Flag-burning is
a big fuck-you to our whole national mythology – and
that’s exactly the point. Anger is legitimate, and not                                                                   These patriots were the proud sol-         best mumbling defensively about
                                                                                                                         diers of empire, the gook-killers,         free speech.
just for this country’s original sins of slavery and geno-                                                               the lynchers, the book-burners and            For our part, we had the power
                                                                                                                         flag-wavers. In the name of freedom,       to provoke, but could not effective-
cide. Not just for the firestorms of Hiroshima,                                                                          they were imposing mandatory               ly engage the political firestorm
Vietnam and Fallujah.                                                                                                    patriotism.                                we sparked.
                                                                                                                            I couldn’t just stand by and watch.


I   burned my first flag in 1990 on
    the steps of the Art Institute of
    Chicago, a college and museum
that had once been the Bauhaus, an
innovative European design center
                                        towards what was actually going
                                        on. Wherever I saw the ugliest side
                                        of this country, there was that flag
                                        with a “love it or leave it” not far
                                        behind. I wasn’t leaving the land of
                                                                                                                         This wasn’t about symbols anymore,
                                                                                                                         or the form of “free speech.” It was
                                                                                                                         about power.
                                                                                                                            After making a few calls to the
                                                                                                                         local media, I grabbed some friends
                                                                                                                                                                    CODA
                                                                                                                                                                    The patriotic orgy after Sept. 11
                                                                                                                                                                    brought all this rushing back. It was-
                                                                                                                                                                    n't just the billboard propaganda like
                                                                                                                                                                    some Nuremberg rally redux. I saw
that fled Nazi terror in the 1930s to   my birth, but I couldn’t just take it                                            and headed out to the suburbs for          mobs in Queens waving flags into
re-establish itself in the heart of     either. In looking to the future, I                                              some midnight flag-raiding. We             taxis with Pakistani drivers, yelling,
America. It was an ironic stage, to     decided to burn the past.                                                        got a half dozen in no time flat           “Do you love this flag?” I saw turban-
say the least.                             Dread Scott Tyler, a student                                                  before speeding back to the city.          wearing Sikhs put flags all over their
   Growing up in Ronald Reagan’s        artist and fellow communist, had                                                    By the time we arrived at the Art       shirts in fear, not allegiance. I saw the
America, life was grim. My home-        caused a major ruckus when his                                                   Institute the next day, there were at      worst side of America, yet again, ral-
town, Chicago, was deindustrializ-      graduation piece consisted of an                                                 least 150 cameramen and reporters          lying under the national symbol for a
ing. The steel mills and factories      American flag draped across the                                                  and a handful of “patriots.” The           course of action that has nothing to
that were the city’s backbone were      floor in front of a photo montage        FEEL THE PRIDE: The author in           cops established a cordon for us to        do with justice or even what the
closed and rusting, and nothing         entitled “What Is the Proper Way         1990, left, pledging a different        get our burn on. And burn we did.          American people want. It's not over.
seemed to be replacing them but         to Display the American Flag?”           allegiance. Photo: Bob Kusel/Newsweek      I gave a statement that this was-       This fight is here to stay.
crack houses, prisons and yuppie        There was a comment book for                                                     n’t just a rejection of America, it           Whenever I hear people who
boutiques. We were at war then,         responses, but in order to comfort-                                              was an embrace of the world. I was         want to wash the flag instead of
too, with a battle between fake         ably write in it, you had to step on     censorship. They burned effigies of     earnest, for all the good that did         burning it, I think of how deep
democracy and fake socialism            the flag. It was great, and pissed off   Dread Scott hanging from a noose.       once the media got their pictures.         blood stains.
enough to kill any hope that a bet-     the right people. Dread Scott was        The artist was black; the vets were     Not one mainstream publication                Fifteen years after I burned the
ter world was possible, especially      totally unapologetic, even when his      entirely middle-aged white men.         told our story. They had their own         flag in Chicago, Congress is yet
with all those nukes getting waved      family had to hide after a hail of       They called other students “art fag-    script at the ready: The American          again debating whether to amend
around.                                 death threats.                           gots.” A few fistfights broke out       flag is a sacred icon that is being        the Constitution to ban flag-burning
   The flag was a symbol – not of          Whipped up by local right-wing        and the police weren’t arresting the    desecrated by traitors.                    – the first time the Constitution
freedom – which was as hard to find     politicos, thousands of rabid Korean     thugs. People were afraid.                 The traditional two-party debate        would prohibit political speech.
then as it is now, but of an excep-     War-era veterans staged daily rallies       The ugliness of the scene con-       broke out, with conservatives                 If they want to see more flags
tionally American indifference          in front of the school demanding         firmed everything I had thought.        howling for blood and liberals at          burn, that's the best way to do it.


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                                                                         Rich Girls,
                            NEW YORK CITY
                                                                         Hobby Whores
                             INDEPENDENT                                 Barnard College girls suffer from a gamut of
                            MEDIA CENTER                                 stereotypes – everything from outspoken les-
                                         Phone:
                                      212.684.8112                       bians to uptight bookworms to easy lays. But
                                         Email:
                              imc-nyc-print@indymedia.org
                                                                         there are a few young women who combine all
                                            Web:                         three: the nerdy, feminist, sex workers.
                                    indypendent.org
                                 NYC: nyc.indymedia.org                  BY REBECCA DUNN
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                                 GLOBAL: indymedia.org
                                   Office and Mail:
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                                                                         M           eet “Phoebe” and “Christa,” two seniors with deans’ list
                                                                                     standings, upper-class backgrounds, and a specialty in foot
                                                                                     and urine fetishism. They’ve cleaned apartments dressed as
                                                                         schoolgirls, stripteased, massaged and peed on lawyers, sometimes
                                                                         together and sometimes separately. They congratulate themselves on
                                    NY, NY 10016                         falling short of ‘real sex stuff’ (oral and intercourse), but know that
                          WHAT IS INDYMEDIA?                             their parents would kill them anyway.
                          With autonomous chapters in more than             “I just feel bad asking them for money,” said Christa, whose father
                          120 cities throughout the world, the           makes well over $400,000 a year. “It’s just really nice to be able to
                          Independent Media Center is an interna-        make a ton of money quickly and spend it wherever I want.” Phoebe
                          tional network of volunteer media activists.   has a similar guilt complex and an urge to break away from her par-
                             The IMC seeks to create a new media         ents, who, combined, make about $300,000 a year.                                  prostitution had gone down 50 percent since the Internet boom in the
                          ethic by providing progressive, in-depth          Their friend “Jenny,” a recent graduate of the University of                   late 90s. “It’s got to be more than that by now,” she suspects.
                          and accurate coverage of issues. We are        Virginia, tried to maintain no sex boundaries but eventually decided                 Whereas the anonymity of indoor sex work makes it difficult to
                          a community-based organization using           to have intercourse with clients. “It’s so much easier to just be a pros-         pinpoint workers’ demographics, New York SWOP director Juhu
                          media to facilitate political and cultural     titute. And yeah, who cares, I’m rich now.”                                       Thukral would not be surprised by the Barnard stories. According
                          self-representation. We seek to analyze           The three girls market themselves on Craigslist, under the “erotic             to the March report, indoor sex workers include anyone from
                          issues affecting individuals, communities      services” section, as “non-pros” or “schoolgirls,” because, according to          babysitters to drug addicts to freelance artists to accountants. Like
                          and ecosystems by providing media tools        Phoebe, “being nubile sells.”                                                     the Barnard women, 33 percent of those surveyed had a sustainable
                          and space to those seeking to communi-            They began with lower-caliber jobs like massage and run-of-the-                income without sex work. “Most people would be surprised at how
                          cate. We espouse open dialogue and plac-       mill cleaning. They soon realized that they could get away with                   diverse sex workers are as a group. It’s made it easy for the middle
                          ing the means of communication and cre-        quicker jobs if they only eroded their boundaries. “It takes two sec-             class and people with stability in their lives to get involved with
                          ativity back in the hands of the people,       onds to pee on someone, and three more seconds to get their money                 the use of the Internet, cellular phones, hotel rooms, whatever.”
                          away from the drive of profit.                 and leave,” said Phoebe, “the hardest part is pretending it’s normal for             How safe and anonymous are these women? Although Thukral told
                             The Indypendent is funded by benefits,      me to do it.”                                                                     The Indypendent that streetwalkers are more vulnerable to work haz-
                          subscriptions, donations, grants and ads          The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP), the first program in the              ards, the report found that 47 percent of the indoor sex workers had
                          from organizations and individuals with        country to focus on the provision of legal services and policy advocacy           been arrested through undercover sting operations. Forty-six percent
                          similar missions.                              for sex workers, compiled a March 2005 report, “Behind Closed                     had been forced by a client to do something he or she did not want to
                                                                         Doors,” which surveyed New York City’s “indoor sex workers,” i.e.,                do, and 42 percent had been threatened or beaten.
                          WHAT CAN I DO TO GET INVOLVED?                 those not working on the street. According to the study, 48 percent                  The Barnard girls have yet to become one of these statistics, save for
                          The IMC has an open door. You can write        of sex work has moved to the Internet.                                            minor, “annoying” coercions from clients for sex. In fact they roll
                          for The Indypendent, film events and ral-         “Internet opened sex work for a lot of women,” said Robyn Few, a               their eyes at warnings, claim they’re careful to screen their clients and
                          lies, self-publish articles to the web, take   SWOP director from San Francisco, “and it’s become a tool for our                 draw attention back toward the new hundreds in their cash boxes.
                          photos or just help us run the office. As an   kids. Our kids are entrepreneurs raised in a capitalist society. We’re            Like 70% of the workers on the report, the girls want to abandon the
                          organization relying on volunteer support,     seeing a lot of ‘schoolgirls’ – or at least those who claim to be – using         business eventually for legitimate career plans. In the meantime their
                          we encourage all forms of participation.       the erotic pages and saying ‘this is simple.’’’                                   biggest fear is neither rape nor the police, but their parents. “I don’t
                             The print team reserves the right to edit      According to Few, the police commissioner of San Francisco –                   care who knows it. In fact I kind of like talking about it,” said Phoebe,
                          articles for length, content and clarity. We   Craigslist’s birthplace – recently announced on television that street            “But if my parents find out I’m fucked.”
                          welcome your participation in the entire
                          editorial process.
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                                                                                                              What’s Black
                                                                                                              and Gold with
                                                                                                                                                        new york                      IN BRIEF
                                                                                                              Blue All Over?                            THIRD STREET
                                                                                                                                                        TENANTS WIN ROUND
                                                                                                              The Puerto Rican Day Parade was           Embattled tenants at 47 E. Third St. won
                                                                                                              marred by the mass arrest of 75           a victor y June 24, when State Supreme
                                                                                                              members of the Almighty Latin             Cour t Justice Paul Feinman issued a pre-
                                                                                                              King and Queen Nation. According          liminar y injunction barring their landlord
                                                                                                              to eyewitness reports, the Latin          from evicting them until their case is set-
                                                                                                              Kings were along the parade route         tled. The building’s owners, Alistair and
                                                                                                              dressed in their traditional black        Catherine Economakis, have been tr ying
                                                                                                              and gold colors. Police issued an         to oust all the tenants, claiming that they
                                                                                                              order to disperse, and within a few       need all 15 apar tments to make a home
                                                                                                              minutes, the group was sur-               for themselves and their child. Justice
                                                                                                              rounded and placed in handcuffs.          Feinman noted that the law allowing land-
                                                                                                              Those arrested were charged with          lords to move into rent-stabilized apar t-
                                                                                                              disorderly conduct and unlawful           ments has generally applied to one unit at
                                                                                                              assembly. The gang, which has             a time, not to whole buildings; that the
                                                                                                              several former leaders imprisoned         tenants would face severe hardship if
                                                                                                              on murder and drug charges, has           evicted; and that there is no effective
                                                                                                              become more political in recent           penalty for fraudulent “personal occu-
                                                                                                              years, conducting voter-registration      pancy” claims.
                                                                                                              drives and joining antiwar
                                                                                                              marches. — KAZEMBE BULAGOON
                                                                                                                                                        MET COUNCIL FOUNDER
                                                                                                                                                        JANE BENEDICT DIES AT 93
                                                                                                                                                        Jane     Benedict,     founder    of    the



Loot, Loot, Loot for the Home Team
                                                                                                                                                        Metropolitan Council on Housing, died
                                                                                                                                                        June 18. She was 93. Formerly a union
                                                                                                                                                        organizer, Benedict star ted Met Council
                                                                                                                                                        in 1958 as a coalition of community
                                                                                                                                                        groups working to protect tenants from
A new race has broken out between the Yankees and Mets – not on the baseball diamond, but in City Hall                                                  being forced out of their neighborhoods
and Albany. The teams are dueling to see which ballclub receives more in taxpayer support to build a new                                                by gentrification and Rober t Moses’
stadium, at the expense of city residents.                                                                                                              urban-renewal schemes. She was active
                                                                                                                                                        in the group until the 1990s. She was
                                                                                                                                                        instrumental in the wide adoption of the
The box score on public funding looks like this:                                                                                                        rent strike and sit-ins to get decent code-
                                                                                                                                                        enforcement standards for tenants living
 NEW YANKEE STADIUM                                                                                                                                     in slum housing, and was a leader in the
                                                                                                                                                        fight to get rent stabilization enacted.
       • $135 million in city funds to replace displaced parks                                                                                          “Modest beyond words, Jane was dogged
         and other infrastructure costs                                                                                                                 in her fight for tenants throughout New
       • $90 million from the MTA for a new Metro-North                                                                                                 York, and a passionate and persistent
           rail station and subway renovations                                                                                                          advocate of the broader agenda for eco-
       • $70 million in state funds to build parking garages                                                                                            nomic and social justice,” says Met
       • Sales tax exemptions on construction material                                                                                                  Council’s current director, Jenny Laurie.
         (est. $22 million)
       • Tax-free bonds (est. $13 million per year)
       • No rent or property taxes (even though the stadium
         is on city-owned land)


 NEW METS STADIUM                                                                                                                                       Take
                                                                                                                                                        a Hike
       • $180 million in city and state funds for infrastructure
         improvements
       • Sales tax exemptions on construction material
         (est. $19 million)
       • Tax-free bonds (est. $11.2 million per year)
       • No rent or property taxes (even though the stadium                                                                                             RENT BOARD VOTES
         will be on city-owned land)
       • If New York City lands the Olympics, taxpayers                                                                                                 5.5% INCREASE
         would pay $108 million more to convert the stadium.
                                                     —MIKE BURKE                                                                                        BY STEVEN WISHNIA
                                                                                                                                NIK: NYCINDYARTS.ORG




                                                                                                                                                        T       enant activism over the last year has
                                                                                                                                                                accomplished at least one thing: It’s
                                                                                                                                                                made the Rent Guidelines Board
                                                                                                                                                        (RGB) pay lip service to the problems


Compassion is Dead         NO NEW YORK STATE MEDICAL-POT LAW THIS YEAR
                                                                                                                                                        caused by the city’s skyrocketing rents. Even
                                                                                                                                                        landlord representative Steven Schleider said
                                                                                                                                                        the city needed to replace rent-stabilized
                                                                                                                                                        units lost to deregulation.
                                                                                                                                                           The board then voted to increase the
                                                                                                                                                        price of affordable housing. By a 6-3 mar-
                                                                                                                                                        gin, it approved increases of 2.75 percent
BY STEVEN WISHNIA                                    U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Angel           valid medical use and makes cultivation and       for a one-year lease renewal and 5.5 percent
                                                     Raich on June 6, denying her claim that her      distribution felonies has been in place for 35    for two-year leases.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         THE INDYPENDENT




D        espite the pleas of multiple-sclerosis
         sufferer Montel Williams, New York
         State won’t be getting a medical-mar-
ijuana law this year. A bill to have the state
license cultivators to grow marijuana for the
                                                     homegrown medicine was beyond the reach
                                                     of federal laws regulating interstate com-
                                                     merce. Leibell told the press after the deci-
                                                     sion that for New York to legalize medical
                                                     marijuana would be, “In effect, setting up
                                                                                                      years. “It’s ridiculous in a nation that claims
                                                                                                      to be compassionate,” Williams said at a
                                                                                                      June 20 press conference at City Hall. “We’re
                                                                                                      the only country in the world that makes it
                                                                                                      so illegal you can’t even research it.”
                                                                                                                                                           RGB tenant representative Adriene
                                                                                                                                                        Holder said she was “very disappointed” by
                                                                                                                                                        the results. As the RGB traditionally sets
                                                                                                                                                        smaller increases in election years, she
                                                                                                                                                        added, “I think the next two years are going
terminally ill “is dead for this current session,”   our citizens to violate federal law.”              Gottfried will introduce another bill next      to be really bad for tenants.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                         JUNE 29 – JULY 19, 2005




says an aide to Assemblymember Richard                  Leibell has asked State Attorney General      year, even if federal law renders it largely         The board rejected a rent freeze on apart-
Gottfried (D-Manhattan), its sponsor.                Eliot Spitzer for an opinion on whether an       symbolic. “It is more important than ever         ments by 6-3. Martin Zelnik, the only one of
   The bill’s supporters had thought it would        effective state medical-pot measure is legally   for New York to follow the ten other states       the five public members to vote for the
pass because it had finally acquired a               feasible. Spitzer, who is seeking the 2006       that have passed medicinal-marijuana              freeze, said that while the RGB considers the
Republican co-sponsor, essential for getting         Democratic gubernatorial nomination,             laws,” he said in a statement after the           effects of rising fuel costs on landlords’
anywhere in the GOP-dominated State                  opposed legalizing marijuana during his          Supreme Court decision. “State laws are a         incomes, it does not take into account the
Senate. But that sponsor, State Sen. Vincent         2002 campaign.                                   potent way to send a message to the               effects of rising rents, subway fares and col-
Leibell (R-Brewster), backed off after the              The federal law that says marijuana has no    President, Congress and the courts.”              lege tuition on tenants’ quality of life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         3
                          Pride



                          The Crusade
                          and the Closet
                          BY   NICHOLAS POWERS



                          T       here is no gay pride in Bed-Stuy. As I walked to the
                                  Franklin subway station to go to the West Village,
                                  I saw no rainbow flags, no stickers, no posters and
                          no gays or lesbians holding hands. There is Christian
                          pride, West Indian pride and Black pride. You can stand
                          on a corner and curse the white man or the devil but you         Counter-clockwise from top right:
                          can’t be openly gay without risking your life.
                             On Sunday, June 26 two great gatherings occurred in           40th St and Fifth Ave., June 25. The Dyke March took over
                          New York: one was Gay Pride Day in the Village, the              Fifth Ave. unpermitted for the 13th year in a row. While
                          other a Christian Crusade led by Billy Graham. Both              the march's organizers tried to exclude the trans commu-
                          events promise liberation, the former from shame and             nity, pro-inclusion stickers were seen on the march and a
                          the latter from sin. But both are designed to foil the           high visibility of trans individuals. Photo by Edgar Mata
                          hopes of those who go.
                             Gay Pride Day is the only day the Village is truly            Washington Square Park, June 25. Queering the fountain
                          integrated. Black and Latino gays and lesbians flee to it        – playful pride as the participants in the Dyke March
                          to escape the violence of their neighbors. They go to            engulf the park. Photo by Caitlin Benedetto/ Ida Images
                          pretend that it is safe to be gay. It’s not. It is safe in the
                          Village and Chelsea where the white gay elite has used           Jackson Square, June 24. The first annual transfolk and
                          privilege to create a false utopia. It is false because the      allies march for justice and human rights, organized by
                          majority of gays and lesbians of color still live in daily       Trans Justice. A people-of-color group, Trans Justice,
                          terror of being outed and beaten.                                brought a diverse and determined crowd into the streets.
                             Many people of color believe homosexuality is a               Photo by Caitlin Benedetto/ Ida Images
                          “white thing” but it’s less a belief than our inheritance.
                          When Africans were enslaved they were chained with               Fifth Ave., June 26. “We will never forget,” the dead are
                          metal and ideas, in particular the idea of race itself.          remembered on the Pride Parade. Photo by Edgar Mata
                             Racism grew up hand-in-hand with slavery and its
                          icon was the Great Chain of Being. Europeans are at the          Fifth Ave., June 26 Our global village – Colombian LGBTQ
                          top and as the chain descends the species becomes darker         group sings with pride at the 36th annual Pride Parade.
                          and dumber. Blacks are the bottom link. We are seen as           Photo by Oscar Durand
                          talking monkeys, a step above the animal world and our
                          closeness to nature means that like animals we do not
                          love but lust.
                             Since we are assumed to be closer to nature our sex is
                          assumed to be as unstoppable and inexhaustible as
                          nature itself. One sees it in the Harlem Renaissance as
                          Josephine Baker danced against a jungle backdrop in a
                          banana belt. One sees it in Spike Lee’s recent film She
                          Hate Me. One sees it in our homophobia, where
                          Minister Louis Farrakhan keeps gays out of the Million
                          Man March and out of heaven.
                             Many people of color blindly hate homosexuality
                          because it’s condemned in the Bible, and blacks
                          needed the Bible to condemn slavery. We accepted
                          Christianity to achieve parity to whites, to shame
                          them about the social inequality that contrasted with
                          our spiritual equality. It’s a tactic that cost us solidarity
                          with our gay brothers and sisters.
                             I went to Billy Graham’s Crusade in Queens. His mes-
                          sage was comforting and dangerous. “There's going to
                          come an end to… the world system in which we live,
                          which the Bible calls ‘of Satan,’” Graham said. He offered
                          safety and salvation not only from the destruction of the
                          world but the destruction of our souls by our sinful
                          nature. We fear God because we are taught to fear our-
                          selves. Yet in a secular reading, if religion created God,
                          did it not also create sin? Doesn’t one need the other?
                             Religion defines desire as sin and creates a community
                          from fear and shame. Secular thought frees us from shame
                          but not responsibility. It tells us to not deny desire, to
                          accept the divisions between what we want, what we can
                          have and who we are. It tells us to manage that split with
                          as much grace and compassion for others as possible.
                             As night came party-goers filled the bars and clubs, to
                          drink and grind hips in solidarity. It was obvious that in
                          performing desire one can be trapped within it.
                          Conservatives accuse gay pride marches of immoral hedo-
                          nism. In a way they are right. Pleasure is immoral when
                          used as a substitute for political struggle. Until gays
THE INDYPENDENT




                          march to integrate Bed-Stuy or the Bronx or where ever
                          they are killed for daring to love each other, Gay Pride
                          will be a beautiful celebration of an empty freedom to
                          people like Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old black girl killed
                          in Newark, New Jersey two years ago when she told a
JUNE 29 – JULY 19, 2005




                          man who was trying to pick her up that she was a lesbian.
                             Later that night, I rode the A line home and saw two
                          black lesbians on the train holding hands, tickling
                          each other’s ears with whispers. A black man looked
                          over and shook his head, turned again and his look
                          became locked into a hate stare. I saw in that long
                          winding distance between him and them the final
                          route of the Gay Pride March.
4
                                                                                                                                               Anti-war
Iraqi Labor Tour Stirs Controversy                                                                                                             Seattle Counter-Recruiters
BY BENNETT BAUMER
                                                                                                                                               Pick a Fight
R        epresentatives from three Iraqi labor groups con-
         ducted a U.S. tour in June discussing the occupa-
         tion, insurgency and the state of workers’ rights and
organizing in Iraq. Sponsored by U.S. Labor Against the
War, the tour has sparked debate throughout the left inter-
                                                                                                                                               BY MARK TAYLOR-CANFIELD


                                                                                                                                                      EATTLE, WA – Summer is typically the most active mili-
nationally on how to resist the occupation. The three Iraqi
unions all oppose the American-led military occupation –
but differ on how to end it.
                                                                                                                                               S      tary enlistment season, but the growing student
                                                                                                                                                      counter-recruitment movement is working hard to
                                                                                                                                               thwart those efforts. Organizers estimate that more than 150
   When U.S. forces invaded Iraq, bringing down Saddam                                                                                         students walked out of classes and marched on three differ-
Hussein’s government, Iraqi unionists devised a plan to fan                                                                                    ent recruiting offices around Seattle on May 23. The recruit-
out throughout the country and organize workers. The Iraqi                                                                                     ing centers were forced to close their doors temporarily, as
Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) formed out of these initial                                                                                  students blockaded the facilities and picketed outside.
efforts. The Trade Union Federation is the largest of its kind                                                                                    Three students were forcibly removed from the Army
and represents workers in sectors including construction, oil,                                                                                 Recruiting Center at Northgate Mall by Sergeant First Class
longshore, transportation and mechanics. In December 2003,                                                                                     Jessica Hicks. Army spokesperson Bill Pierce maintains that
U.S. troops raided the IFTU’s offices and arrested eight union                                                                                 Sgt. Hicks was protecting the recruiters and military property.
leaders, eventually releasing them without charge.                                                                                             “People can come into the station to talk about the Army,” he
   “We [IFTU] consider the U.S. and British troops occu-                                                                                       said, “but they can’t break into the station with the intent to
piers,” said Adnan Al Saffar in Arabic. Saffar, executive officer                                                                              do damage.”
of the Union of Mechanics, Printing and Metal Workers, gave                                                                                       The students deny that they had any intention of damaging
a talk at Cornell University in New York City on June 17.                                                                                      property. They claim they were loudly criticizing the military’s
“Our demands are the withdrawal of foreign forces in Iraq.”                                                                                    recruitment practices on school campuses when they were
   During the early days of the occupation, American officials                                                                                 physically forced out of the facility. After the students were
                                                                        AL SAFFAR of the Trade Union Federation condemned
swept away many Hussein-era laws barring privatization and                                                                                     ejected, the station closed its doors. Seattle Central Com-
                                                                        the U.S. occupation while talking about a multi-religious
preventing the flight of capital, but they kept in place labor                                                                                 munity College student Marlo Winter declared victory,
                                                                        and ethnic progressive Iraqi trade union movement.
codes that outlawed strikes and independent labor organizing.                                                                                  “Nobody can be recruited while we are here.”
                                                                        Photo by George Cohen
   However, many leftists are critical of the Trade Union                                                                                         During the demonstrations the students chanted,
Federation. It is closely aligned with the Iraqi Communist              as to who will inherit the resources, such as office space and         “Education, not war! Kick recruiters out the door!” They held
Party, which served as part of the U.S.-installed Iraqi                 computers, of the former official Baathist union.                      signs saying, “Money For Education, Not Ammunition” and “I
Governing Council; its successor, the interim regime of Prime              “I think the workers councils are worried [old resources]           Want To Learn To Read, Not To Kill.”
Minister Iyad Allawi; and the current government. Allawi in             will all be given to the IFTU,” said David Bacon, a labor jour-           Two other recruiting centers were the focus of protests –
particular drew the enmity of many Iraqis because he                    nalist who visited Iraq in May. However, Bacon added “with-            one near the University of Washington and another by Garfield
endorsed the devastating U.S. attacks on Fallujah, Najaf and            out any question,” the IFTU is a much larger union.                    High School in the Central District. Garfield graduate
Baghdad. As a result, many international leftists and Iraqis               The third union on the tour is the Oil and Gas Workers,             Duwan Tyson traveled from Olympia with other students
see the IFTU as collaborators. This accusation was probably a fac-      which represents workers in southern Iraq. Oil workers                 from Evergreen State
tor in the Jan. 4 assassination of the federation leader Hadi Saleh,    threatened to strike in January 2004 and won wage increases.           College. “It was awe-
which the union blames on the insurgency.
   Little is known about the insurgency, but it is believed to
include members of the former ruling Baathist party. Upon com-
ing to power in the 1960s, the Baathists assassinated many com-
                                                                        They have also closed a refinery operated by Halliburton
                                                                        because the company was importing lower-paid foreign work-
                                                                        ers. All three labor unions oppose the privatization of Iraq’s
                                                                        oil sector and economy. Al Saffar said Iraqi unions would draw
                                                                                                                                               some,” he told the Seattle
                                                                                                                                               Post-Intelligencer. “They
                                                                                                                                               closed the doors on us
                                                                                                                                               and retreated.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    “    We want to
                                                                                                                                                                                    make their job
munists based on information supplied by the CIA. Another
trade union leader, Ali Hassan Abd of the General Union of Oil
and Gas Workers, was assassinated on February 18. The Oil and
                                                                        a “red line in front of privatization and we will prevent this
                                                                        from happening no matter what sacrifices we take.”
                                                                           The Oil and Gas Workers call for a withdrawal of
                                                                                                                                                  The Marine recruiting
                                                                                                                                               center near the University
                                                                                                                                                                                          impossible.
                                                                                                                                               of Washington locked its doors when protesters arrived.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ”
Gas Workers also say insurgents were behind the killing.                American troops and for U.N. peacekeepers to secure the                Military personnel dropped the shades and hid inside the
   The Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq                country, a scenario few consider possible. While each union            building despite repeated requests from the students to talk
(FWCUI), aligned with the Workers Communist Party of                    backs the right to resist, none back the armed resistance,             with a recruiter. The Army Recruiting Station there also report-
Iraq, doesn’t hesitate in labeling its unionist rivals as collab-       which they term reactionary.                                           edly closed its doors.
orators. “Today the ICP and the IFTU again are acting as                   “The workers should fight for both ending the occupation               On May 9, the Garfield High School Parent Teachers
tools to subject the interests of the working class to the              and curbing the influence of the local reactionary groups              Student Association (PTSA) passed a resolution banning mili-
interests of the USA, the puppet government, political                  including those within the Iraqi armed resistance,” said Jalal         tary recruiters from campus. According to Garfield PTSA
Islam, ultra-nationalists and employers,” wrote Aso Jabar,              Mohamad of the Federation of Workers Councils. “If this                President and Co-Chair Amy Hagopian, “Our PTSA has a mis-
international officer of the Workers Councils, in his union             force is the armed resistance without progressive forces, the          sion to promote the welfare of children and youth and to sup-
newsletter. Jabar’s union also opposes the insurgency.                  future will be bleak and gloomy. Iraq will end in civil war and        port and speak out on their behalf. That’s the mission of
   The Federation of Workers Councils came from organizing              in the hands of various reactionary militias. This fact is denied      PTSAs everywhere in America. We would encourage other
unemployed Iraqis. In militant protest, they pressured the              by the Western left.”                                                  PTSAs to act on behalf of their mission and also look seriously
U.S. occupation authority and successive Iraqi governments                                                  For more on the debate on Iraq,    at the recruitment happening in their schools and the nature
for benefits. There is also tension between the two federations                          occupation and resistance, go to nyc.indymedia.org.   of that recruitment, the frequency, the intensity and the hard
                                                                                                                                               pressure tactics.”
                                                                                                                                                  Hagopian told Democracy Now!, “We can’t physically stop
Frieda Zames 1932 – 2005                                                                          Review                                       them, and we can’t legally stop them, but we can stand at the
                                                                                                                                               doors and explain that they’re not welcome, as can every high
                                                                                                                                               school in the country. Somebody obviously needs to challenge
Champion                                                                                          THE DISABILITY RIGHTS
                                                                                                  MOVEMENT, FROM CHARITY
                                                                                                                                               this legally, but that’s a hard task to ask of public schools that
                                                                                                                                               are strapped for money.”
                                                                                                                                                  An Army recruiter told KPLU Radio in Seattle that the stu-
of the Disabled                                                                                   TO CONFRONTATION
                                                                                                  BY DORIS ZAMES FLEISCHER
                                                                                                  AND FRIEDA ZAMES
                                                                                                                                               dents’ demonstrations had only succeeded in bringing the
                                                                                                                                               draft closer to reality. She claimed that protests at recruit-
                                                                                                  TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2001
                                                                                                                                               ment centers would result in fewer enlistments, making a


T        he disability rights movement
         suffered a mighty loss June 16
         when Frieda Zames, an activist,
author and singer, died in her sleep. She
was a mainstay of Disabled in Action, a
                                               really meant and she and her sister
                                               ended up defining these concepts in
                                               her book... Frieda taught me a lot of
                                               what I know about the subject of dis-
                                               ability, which helped me with my
                                                                                                  This book contains the stor y of
                                                                                                  Zames’ personal struggle, but
                                                                                                                                               national draft necessary and thereby forcing the same young
                                                                                                                                               people who blocked their doors to enter the military.
                                                                                                                                                  Despite this, the youth protesters in Seattle are very seri-
                                                                                                                                               ous about their objective to stop recruitment on school cam-
                                                                                                                                               puses. They decry the amount of money spent on military pro-
                                                                                                  mostly it is a histor y of the dis-
civil rights organization founded in           own identity as a person with a dis-                                                            grams at a time when funding for public education is being cut
                                                                                                  ability rights movement, from
1970, serving as president more than           ability. Frieda’s death leaves a big                                                            across the board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE INDYPENDENT




                                                                                                  the days when the disabled
once and as vice president for legislative     void, but her example leaves us all                were patronized as “crippled”                   On Free Speech Radio, youth activist Emily Reilly stated,
affairs at the time of her death. She was      determined to struggle.”                           people to a new era when peo-                “We came out to draw attention to the fact that there is
also on the boards of WBAI and the                “Many of the victories in the disabil-          ple    with     disabilities    are          decreasing money for education and human needs, but we
Center for Independence of the Disabled        ity civil rights movement we all now               demanding jobs, access and                   are pouring billions of dollars into an immoral war.”
in New York.                                   enjoy can be directly attributed to                respect. Zames was one of the                   “We are going into this summer with a lot of energy
   Zames was central in the successful         Frieda,” said fellow activists Anne and            most impor tant people in the                because that’s one of the biggest times for recruiters to go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JUNE 29 - JULY 19, 2005




campaign to make New York City                 Sidney Emerman. “A petite woman,                   process of shifting how we look              out and recruit students into the military,” Reilly continued.
buses wheelchair accessible and had            she was a giant in our midst, truly a              at disability, in that her life per-         “And we’re going to be out there every step of the way mak-
recently turned her focus to the ferries.      national and local treasure.”                      sonified those changes. In her               ing sure that Seattle is a recruiter-free zone. We want to make
   Said Eric Levine, musical director                              For more information,          book you will find the threads               their job impossible. We do not want anyone else to go over
of the Disabled in Action Singers,                          see www.disabledinaction.org.         of this new way of looking at                to Iraq from our city.”
“Frieda worked for disabled-rights                                                                disability. —E.D.                                                                Excerpted from Alternet.org
before anyone knew what the concept                                    —ELLEN DAVIDSON                                                                     For the latest updates, visit CounterRecruiter.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5
                              What is this                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Our country is called América!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AL GIORDANO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inpired by the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, and fed up with the complacency of New York’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                waning Downtown scene, Al Giordano went south of the border with no money and a dream. Founding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NarcoNews.com, a Latin America-based news service, and an attached School of Authentic Journalism that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ANTRIM CASKEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                now has hundreds of alumni reporting throughout the “Narcosphere.”



                           FOUR VOICES FROM THE HEART OF THE LAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Jed Brandt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is America?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tionary art to which we are all indebted) comes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from having deep roots. They’ve always said they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           don’t want the world to live like Mayan indige-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ‘Making America Live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our credo at Narco News is a quote from General
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simón Bolívar – the George Washington of South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                America – who said “¡Nuestra patria se llama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nous, that they just demand the right to be as they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           are, and they want other people elsewhere to fight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for the right to be as they are: different, and, poet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       up to its Promise’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                América!” (The name of our country is América!)            ically, that’s what makes us all the same. That’s an                           LYNNE STEWART
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                América, singular. The América with an accent. Let’s       example of how the “universal” springs from the

                          Citizen Without Borders                                                                                                                                                                                                               start with an accent and work our way toward mak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ing our hemisphere a more dignified, and more fun,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                place to live. Every dance begins with a step.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           native, or the local.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a lot of motion and effervescence and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cross-pollination, experimentation, trial and error,      L     ongtime radical New York attorney Lynne Stewart will be head-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing to court on September 23 for a sentencing hearing – not for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           client, but for herself. In February a jury convicted her on five

                          CAMILO MEJIA                                                                                                                                                              KATHY KELLY                                                 Is the Southern border real?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Borders are false by their nature, meant to be crossed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           constant analysis, constant action, even hyper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           action. And yes, you are part of it in North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           America, and you’ll all be happier and more hope-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     counts of conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     smuggling out messages from her jailed client Sheikh Omar Abdel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rahman. It marked the first time that the federal government has pros-

                          BY SUSAN CHENELLE                                   He questions whether love of country is
                                                                           enough. “What happens here impacts the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    An American                                                 and broken. Northern Mexico along with Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                California-through-Texas has mutated into a kind of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                third country, a narco-state that nobody voted for, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ful (and more effective) when it dawns on radicals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           up there how your “New World” roots, your immi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           grant roots, make you part of Bolivar’s “country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ecuted a defense attorney in a terrorism case. Stewart has maintained she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was simply representing her client. She faces up to 30 years in prison,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     though the judge could choose to give her a more lenient sentence.


                          D         uring a two-week furlough home
                                    from duty in Iraq, Staff Sgt.
                                    Camilo Mejia decided he could not
                                                                           rest of the world. Justice starts at home.
                                                                           We have to stand for freedom and our
                                                                           civil rights here. It’s all interrelated –
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Voice in the                                                militarized “free trade nightmare.” When a buddy of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mine got picked up by immigration authorities in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kansas City and shipped back to Mexico, well, I real-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           called América” too, even while your government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           behaves like the same colonial powers that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Americans, north and south, cast off centuries ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BY MIKE BURKE                           don’t want them thinking of hav-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing to support the empire or to

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wilderness
                          go back. He was the first soldier to publicly    women’s rights, the right to education, a                                                                                                                                            ized that Missouri is the border too.                                                                                What figures in American                go off and fight evil wars or even
                          refuse to return after serving in the Iraq war   decent job, a good home. People fail to see                                                                                                                                             The border is also a state of mind, one that at least                                                             history inspire you and give            to participate in the evil here at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Some say, ‘How can you
                          and to denounce the war as illegal and
                          immoral. He turned himself into the mili-
                          tary police and applied for Conscientious
                          Objector status, but the U.S. military con-
                                                                           those relationships. I don’t feel that being
                                                                           a patriot is enough, because what happens
                                                                           here affects everybody.”
                                                                              When talking to other veterans of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                30 million folks born in Mexico but living in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                United States have broken out of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will there be a USA in a hundred years?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “    not love your country?’ It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a foreign concept to many,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     you courage?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     My epiphany as a movement per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     son came when I was 22 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     old and went to teach at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             home, which is becoming a big-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ger and bigger issue. I think it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             really is about making America
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             live up to its promise.
                          victed him of desertion and sentenced him        Iraq war, he says they often express frus-                                                                                                                                           The current situation is terrible. You notice it more                                                                Harlem public school on 135th              If we don’t force the country to
                          to one year in prison at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.    tration and disagreement with the war,                        CHICAGO.INDYMEDIA.ORG                                                                                                  starkly when you live outside of those borders, as I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to probably a majority.                              and Lenox. After my epiphany, it        live up to that promise then we are
                          He was released on February 15, 2005.            but that they also confess to having been                                                                                                                                            do, and come back infrequently. You can see that peo-           Others say, ‘How could you                           certainly became Harriet Tubman         not doing our duty as citizens.,
                          Since then he has traveled around the coun-      afraid to leave their comrades. “Everybody                    BY SUSAN CHENELLE                                          violence, and bearing scorching temperatures that           ple are more frightened, more psychotic, more miser-                                                                 and John Brown who fought back          even when it is very hard. Even
                          try speaking out against the war and the         is fighting for everyone else. At the end of                                                                             won’t let up for another two months.” They are              able, while insisting at louder volume that they are            have ever loved it?’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ”                 against the system and actually         when it is much easier to lay back
                          occupation.
                             Though he served in the military for
                          eight years, he has been called a coward;
                          the specific charge levied against him was
                                                                           the day, nobody has any real reasons for
                                                                           why we’re there.”


                                                                             I was a coward not for leaving
                                                                                                                                         M          any of us worry that the Bush administra-
                                                                                                                                                    tion’s imperial foreign policy is ruining
                                                                                                                                                    the rest of the world’s perception of
                                                                                                                                         Americans. However, there are many U.S. citizens
                                                                                                                                                                                                    demanding that the Commission “discuss justice
                                                                                                                                                                                                    for Iraqis” and to not “saddle the poorest Iraqis
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with billions of dollars of Saddam Hussein’s debt”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    as well as war reparations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                happy. This is equally true of red-state folks and blue-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                state folks, of right-wingers and left-wingers. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                societal trend that goes across the board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The American English language has four domi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Do you identify as an American, in the usual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           northern sense?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the law as it was then constituted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     They showed there was such a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     thing as morality. I would say
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     those are my greatest heroes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             with the remote and the six-pack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and not go to that meeting, not go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to that demonstration, not write
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the letter to the editor. It takes a
                          “desertion with the intent to avoid haz-
                          ardous duty.” In a statement from prison,
                          he wrote, “I was a coward not for leaving
                          the war, but for having been a part of it in
                                                                           “ the war, but for having been a
                                                                                                                                         out there who are countering that damage and
                                                                                                                                         upholding what’s left of our good name. Kathy
                                                                                                                                         Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, has
                                                                                                                                         spent almost ten years coordinating food and medi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Indypendent caught up with her over the phone
                                                                                                                                                                                                    on day nine of the campaign’s fifteen-day fast. When
                                                                                                                                                                                                    asked about the values that drive her and how she
                                                                                                                                                                                                    came by them, she explained that she “grew up in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nant verbs: to work, to buy, to sleep and to die.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hombre, everyone is on a friggin’ treadmill up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                there, except for a small minority leisure class,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                which tends to be on its own special kind of ham-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Yes, I’m a gringo. I can’t change that. But as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           gringo I come from immigrant blood. And eight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           years ago I migrated South. I often get strange reac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tions when I say things like, “I don’t love my coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have personal heroes too. Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kunstler, of course, was my dear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     friend, but also someone who never
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     shirked from a case, never stepped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             certain amount of energy to be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             democracy and I’d like to think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that energizing is part of what I do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and what I want to see done.
                                                                             part of it in the first place.
                          the first place. I failed to fulfill my moral
                          duty as a human being and instead I chose
                          to fulfill my duty as a soldier. All because I
                          was afraid. I was terrified, I did not want to
                                                                                                   —STAFF SGT. CAMILO MEJIA          ”   cine convoys to Iraq and drawing attention to the
                                                                                                                                         devastating effects war and sanctions have had on the
                                                                                                                                         Iraqi people.
                                                                                                                                            For bringing “medicine and toys” into Iraq, the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    setting where you didn’t question the good fortune
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of being American and Catholic.” Yet, she noted,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    that “some of her main role models in that environ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ment were people who had no outward sign of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ster-wheel of neuroses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As of 2000, there were already 35 million Latinos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the United States. Twenty million of them were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mexicans, millions more from every other country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           try anymore.” People react in one of two ways. Some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           say, “How can you not love your country?” It’s a for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           eign concept to many, to probably a majority. Others
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           say, “How could you have ever loved it?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     back to take the easy way out. All
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of these people inspire me and are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the true patriots, because to me in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a democracy, you have to keep the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Can you talk about the signif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             icance of July 4th?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Fourth of July is one of my
                          stand up to the government and the Army,                                                                       government charged her and other VITW campaign             drive for the accumulation of wealth: nuns. They            in the hemisphere. The open question for me is: Do             I feel a great nostalgic love for the New York        power toeing the line in response       favorite holidays because, of
                          I was afraid of punishment and humilia-                                                                        members with violating the U.N./U.S. sanctions, and        seemed happy and they were doing good work.”                these immigrants become like those in the previous         that once was, but that is no more, for the city of       to the people. The only way to do       course, it celebrates the revolu-
                          tion. I went to war because at the moment                                                                      threatened them with twelve years in prison, and the       That example planted “a seed of countercultural             waves, eager to slam the door shut behind them? Or         immigrants where I was born, for the concepts of          that is by having a critical mass –     tion – the right of people to self-
                          I was a coward, and for that I apologize to                                                                    organization with a penalty of $163,000. A $20,000         understanding” in her.                                      does the United States, by cultural osmosis, become        liberty, justice, democracy, a free press, an open        people who are critical and willing     determination. We need to
                          my soldiers for not being the type of leader                                                                   fine was eventually levied, but they have refused to pay      Back then she “knew very little of U.S. history of       a less uptight society, like Mexico?                       society without fear. Of course, now most folks are       to speak out and to hold the gov-       remember that people do have
                          I should have been.”                                                                                           it. In 1988, Kelly served nine months of a one-year        being anything other than benevolent.” Now, she                                                                        afraid. The fear is what killed my city and my            ernment to the highest standard.        the right to self-determination,
                             A citizen of Costa Rica and Nicaragua,                                                                      sentence in a Lexington, Kentucky, maximum-security        says she finds it “difficult to identify with any           Does Latin America have the same sense of                  country.                                                     Of course you also must have a       to decide for themselves how they
                          Mejia moved with his family to the                                                                             prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites.    nation-state, but she feels a strong allegiance with        “newness” that the North prides itself on?                    It’s that love for wild freedom and authentic          government that is responsive –         are going to be governed.
                          United States in 1994. At the age of 19,                                                                       After seeing Iraqis with limbs blown off in hospitals –    the average, everyday, good-hearted, none-too-              At this moment that I am responding to your ques-          democracy that led me to Latin America, where I           that seems to be the missing ele-
                          he joined the military based on recruiters’                                                                    a form of “disarmament” she had not previously con-        arrogant Americans you might meet going across              tions, the Zapatistas are huddled in the highlands         find the desire is shared by most people, where           ment these days. This government        What does it mean to be a rev-
                          promises of a free education. Nevertheless,                                                                    sidered, she says – during her most recent trip to Iraq    the country. They’re generous; they want to take            and jungles of Chiapas consulting their indigenous         people are willing to fight for it, and where I find      is not responsive. It is not respon-    olutionary in 2005?
                          when he resumed his studies in 1998                                                                            in January 2004, she decided that she “had a date with     care of their families; they are not war-like.”             bases. Subcomandante Marcos, in a communiqué,              I can share foxholes with people and movements            sive legislatively; it is not respon-   I think it means at this point look-
                          while serving as a reservist in the Florida                                                                    a couple military bases” when she returned to the U.S.        But by and large, she perceives that there isn’t “a      wrote: “Ever since that dawn of the beginning of           where I know we will all be shooting in the same          sible in the executive branch, and      ing for basic change, change in the
                          National Guard, he had to work as a secu-                                                                      In the spring of 2004, she spent three months in Pekin     big investment among people” in enduring incon-             ‘94, we have dedicated our struggle – first with fire      direction: toward the enemies of authoritarian-           in the judicial it waffles. We all      structures – somehow getting away
                          rity guard in order to pay for school. He                                                                      Federal Prison for crossing the line during a protest      venience in order to make things the way they               and then with the word – our efforts, our life and         ism, simulation and domination.                           know what the outcome of that is:       from this corporatized America
                          was a semester away from earning a B.A.                                                                        aimed at closing the facility commonly known as the        should be. However, given that, she finds it “stun-         our death, exclusively to the Indian peoples of                                                                      If they are not responsive, then the    which, with its tremendous power
                          in psychology when he was recalled to                                                                          “School of the Americas” or the “School of the             ning that in the United States’ relatively short his-       Mexico for the recognition of their rights and their       Why does the political right capture the flag so          people have the right to rise up        and money, is able to control all the
                          active duty in December 2002.                                                                                  Assassins” in Fort Benning, Georgia.                       tory, there is the Civil Rights movement, the anti-         culture. It was natural – we Zapatistas are over-          well?                                                     and change that government.             rest of us, the media and just about
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                             When The Indypendent asked him if what                                                                         In a June 23 essay she published online, she            war movement, the labor movement, all these                 whelmingly indigenous. Mayan indigenous, to be             Because the left doesn’t contest them for it. Period.                                             everything we do and say.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE INDYPENDENT
                          had happened to him had changed how he                                                                         quoted the line VITW used in a previous statement          intense movements that people all over the world            more precise... Now we are consulting with our             You’ve ceded it to those fuckers. United States rad-      How do you define patriotism?              I think to be a revolutionary is
                          felt about the United States, and whether                                                                      on why they remained in Baghdad during the 2003            identify with American culture. But now there               heart in order to see if we are going to say and do        icals have to stop insisting on purity. At Zapatista      At the root of it all I think of        to say let’s get back to the grass-
                          he ever considered going back to Costa Rica                                                                    invasion: “Where you stand determines what you             seems to be a disinterest in the exercise of taking         something else...”                                         gatherings, at every single one, they sing the friggin’   those old lines that Paul Robeson       roots, let’s put the people back in
                          or Nicaragua, he said that he doesn’t “buy                                                                     see, and how you live.” She and seven others have          freedom, now at the point of being at our peril. I             Like Diego Rivera’s concept of great art, the           national anthem! And they also sing their own             sang, “The House I Live In.” This       charge, whatever that takes to do
JUNE 29 – JULY 19, 2005




                          into the whole nationality thing.” Rather,                                                                     been doing “plenty of standing” in a two-week              don’t ever recall a time when I expected government         Zapatista universality (indeed, their great revolu-        Zapatista hymn. You can do both.                          is my America. I love this place. I     that, and to use Malcolm’s old
                          he identifies with the idea of being a “citi-                                                                  effort to make the United Nations Compensation             leaders to be a help in that discussion.”                                                                                                                                        grew up on a block where we             line – by any means necessary.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     JUNE 29 – JULY 19
                          zen without borders.” Nationality doesn’t                                                                      Commission, scheduled to meet in Geneva,                      She observes that “more comfortable people tend to                                                                                                                            played stickball in the spring and      The power has gone askew and
                          “determine where your heart is,” he argues.                                                                    Switzerland, June 28-30, see what they have wit-           burrow into themselves” and that many Americans                                                                                                                                  roller-skated in the summer. I          we really need to make it come
                          Regarding patriotism, he says, “I love this                                                                    nessed in Iraq: “people going to bed hungry in             “could take much more responsibility with far less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               >> So you want me to salute the flag? Make it out of hemp. Print the First Amendment                                  want to have that place for my          back to represent the people
                                                                                                                          AP PHOTO




                          country very much, but the word ‘patriot-                                                                      deteriorating homes, lacking access to clean water,        risk than people in Latin American countries for                on it in English and Spanish, next to pictures of Chuck Berry and Woody Guthrie.                                 children and grandchildren. I           rather than the big guys.
                          ism’ has been so corrupted lately.”                                                                            exasperated and frightened by round after round of         example; it’s just a matter of getting back into shape.”       And change ‘one nation under God’ to ‘one nation under a groove.’>> —Steve Wishnia
6




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                                           Nowhere to Roma
                                   BALKAN REFUGEES RIGHT TO RETURN HOME




                          Some 600 Roma refugees are living in camps in Kosovo, demanding that their community be rebuilt. Zitkovac, Kosovo. PHOTO: JACKSON ALLERS


                          BY JACKSON ALLERS                                  about 10 percent of the 18,000-plus NATO            which would rebuild a section of the devas-
                                                                             peacekeeping force. Burns insisted that             tated remains of the Mahalla.
                          ZITKOVAC, KOSOVO – Along the way to                Kosovo’s final status must be based on the             But as Hajnini puts it, “We were not pres-
                          one of three makeshift refugee camps inhab-        formation of a multi-ethnic society with            ent when they signed this agreement, and we
                          ited by the Roma remnants of a former              full respect for human rights. This, accord-        actually didn’t know about it until after-
                          Yugoslav mining complex go on for more             ing to Burns, included the right of all             wards, and we still don’t know what this plan
                          than two miles, the many slag heaps indicat-       refugees and displaced persons to return to         is all about.”
                          ing a past of heavy lead smelting.                 their homes safely.
                             As the United Nations Mission in Kosovo            But, as one local analyst put it, refugee        MAKING A STAND
                          (UNMIK) vehicle approaches the Zitkovac            returns do not apply to the Roma. Indeed,           The European Roma Rights Centre in
                          camp, Roma children run up to greet yet            there is little evidence of a commitment to         Budapest, Hungary, has initiated a lawsuit
                          another set of visitors. Outside traffic to the    returning the Roma of Zitkovac to their homes.      against the U.N. Mission for its complicity in
                          camps has picked up in recent months, after                                                            the poisoning of the Roma in Zitkovac. As
                          reports by groups like Refugees International      TEMPORARY IS PERMANENT                              early as November 2000, the Mission
                          and the Kosovo Ombudsperson accused                In Zitkovac, containers that were supposed to       released a report recommending the immedi-
                          UNMIK and the United Nations High                  serve as temporary shelters have melded into a      ate relocation of the three Roma camps. It
                          Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) of                 shantytown, taking on a feeling of perma-           also called for a continuous education pro-
                          knowingly setting up the camps on land             nence, though UNHCR, which built the                gram and financial support for the eradica-
                          other U.N. agencies admit is heavily contam-       camp, admits it was not meant to exist for          tion of lead poisoning.
                          inated from the former mine activity.              more than 90 days.                                     When asked why the U.N. Mission failed
                             At Zitkovac in particular, the World               The 200 Roma living in Zitkovac represent        to act on its own recommendations to move
                          Health Organization reported in 2004 that          a portion of the more than 8,000 Roma               the camps in 2000, spokesperson Neeraj
                          the lead levels in the blood of the Roma chil-     burned out of their “Mahalla,” or community,        Singh said, “Despite all of our appeals to the
                          dren surpassed anything their instruments          in the nearby city of Mitrovica, as Serb security   Roma to actually move out of there, they
                          could read.                                        forces pulled out in June 1999. Local residents     have very unequivocally stated that they
                                                                             say that the 150-year-old settlement on the         would only return to the Roma Mahalla.”
                          SIX YEARS IN EXILE                                 banks of the Ibar River – which separates the          A legal watchdog in the province, Marek
                          June 12 marked the six-year anniversary of         Serb-dominated northern part of Mitrovica           Antoni Nowicki, said that the Roma were
                          the end of a U.S.-led NATO bombing cam-            and the southern, Albanian-dominated part –         aware of the health risks to their families,
                          paign in Kosovo. The 78-day campaign               was burned by Albanians who viewed the              but he said, “In their understanding, in
                          ended the Serbian crackdown on Kosovo’s            Roma as “Serb collaborators.”                       order to have a chance to go back to their
                          independence-minded Albanian majority.                Speaking on condition of anonymity, one          point of origin – in this case, the Mahalla,
                          Now, the Bush administration, through              former U.N. official, who worked with non-          which is their international right as refugees
                          U.S. Undersecretary Nicholas Burns, and            governmental organizations and the city of          – and in order to keep this Mahalla question
                          UNMIK’s second-in-command Larry Rossin,                                                                on a proper level politically, they feel they
                          is pushing the United Nations and the
                          Albanian-led government to return
                                                                             >>  Containers that                                 have to make a stand.”
                                                                                                                                    A first-ever conference to raise money to
                          Kosovo’s refugee minority community, or            were meant to serve                                 rebuild the Mahalla was organized for the
                          internally displaced persons (IDPs). The                                                               first time in April. Again, representatives of
                          Roma refugees were driven out in reprisal          as temporary shelters                               the Mahalla were not invited to attend.
                          attacks by ethnic Albanians in 1999 and again                                                          Complicating matters, the German govern-
                          in ethnically motivated rioting in 2004.           have melded into a                                  ment has made arrangements with the U.N.
                             The successful return of displaced persons
                          is a major condition placed on the majority
                                                                             shantytown, taking on                               and local Kosovo authorities to forcibly
                                                                                                                                 return over 10,000 Roma who sought asy-
                          Albanian government in order for status talks      a feeling of permanence.                            lum there after the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
                          with the U.N. Mission, which serves as an                                                                 The problem, according to U.N. sources, is
                          interim government, to begin on autonomy.          Mitrovica to find a solution, said that with-       that there are few municipalities which will
                          More often than not, “progress” refers to the      out recent media attention, the Roma                accept the Roma population.
                          return of approximately 100,000 displaced          refugees in Zitkovac would simply be a                 In his visit to Kosovo in June,
                          Serbians. But included in this group are more      casualty of the return process.                     Undersecretary of State Burns said that sta-
                          than 600 Roma living in the three camps               Habibi Hajnini agrees. He is the elected         tus discussions should take place later this
                          established in 1999 – Zitkovac, Kablare and        leader of the Roma group living in Zitkovac.        year if the Kosovo leadership continues its
                          Chesminluk.                                        After six years of living amid open sewage          progress toward building a multi-ethnic
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                             In May of this year, Burns spoke in front of    and rigged-up electrical lines, Hajnini says        Kosovo. “It is very important that the
                          the U.S. House International Relations             there has been little contact with interna-         Kosovo Albanian majority stand up clearly
                          Committee about the U.S. position with             tional or Albanian officials about returning to     and say that people who left Kosovo for
                          regards to the resolution of Kosovo’s final sta-   the Mahalla.                                        whatever reasons have the right to come
                          tus and the eight democratic benchmarks, or           “We heard there was an agreement with            back here,” he said, adding, “that sense of
JUNE 29 – JULY 20, 2005




                          “standards,” that Kosovo’s Albanian leaders        the municipal president of Mitrovica, Fajk          tolerance has to be at the heart of any polit-
                          must fulfill to propel status discussions to the   Spahia, and the international community             ical settlement in Kosovo.”
                          next phase.                                        regarding the plan for a return to the Roma            Meanwhile, children in the Zitkovac con-
                             “We seek to hasten the day when peace           Mahalla,” Hajnini said.                             tinue to get sick. According to the former
                          (in Kosovo) is self-sustaining and our troops         The plan Hajnini refers to is one worked         U.N. official, the best thing for the 150-year-
                          can come home,” he said. The United States         out by U.N. Mission’s Office of Returns             old Roma community is to leave Kosovo alto-
                          has a 99-year lease on a large military base       and Communities, UNHCR, various                     gether. “The problem is no country is willing
                          in Kosovo, with U.S. soldiers comprising           NGOs and the Albanian-led municipality,             to accept this group of people.”
8
Zapatistas In Motion
                                                                                                                                                              IN BRIEF
Red Alert in Chiapas
BY KAZEMBE BULAGOON                                     In a joint statement, observers with              or “good government assemblies.” Caracoles
                                                                                                                                                              FROM MARKETING CDS AND
                                                                                                                                                              CARS TO MARKETING DEATH
                                                                                                                                                              The Pentagon has joined with a private
                                                                                                                                                              marketing company to create a massive
                                                                                                                                                              database of high school and college stu-
                                                     Estacion Libre, a people-of-color solidarity         rotate responsibilities and are meant to pro-       dents to target potential recruits. So far,


T       he Zapatistas issued a “red alert” June 19
        calling for strategic consultations
        between the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation (EZLN) and the civilian leadership
of Chiapas’ autonomous municipalities. Rebel
                                                     committee, and the Mexico-based La Red
                                                     Defensores reported no immediate signs of
                                                     military escalation.
                                                        In 1994, the EZLN catapulted to world
                                                     consciousness when they led an indigenous
                                                                                                          vide direct government in the autonomous
                                                                                                          communities. The formation of the Caracoles
                                                                                                          involved a major pullback by the EZLN,
                                                                                                          which has relinquished most of its military
                                                                                                          roles. In the most recent communique,
                                                                                                                                                              the database has 30 million names and
                                                                                                                                                              includes birth dates, social security num-
                                                                                                                                                              bers, ethnicity, grade-point averages,
                                                                                                                                                              address and telephone information, and
                                                                                                                                                              areas of study. The private firm working
civilian leaders immediately went under-             rebellion in Chiapas against the North               Marcos indicates that this may be the last of       with the Pentagon, BeNOW, has previously
ground, and international solidarity activists       American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),               the EZLN. “Now we are consulting with our           worked on marketing databases for Tower
were warned to “leave rebel territory, or, if they   which threatened to displace thousands of            heart in order to see if we are going to say and    Records and Saab.
decide freely of their own volition, they remain     campesinos from their land. The rebel-                  do something else.”
on their own and at their own risk.”                 lion became a global rallying call                             On June 28th, a dozen Zapatista           ITALY TO U.S.: YOU CAN'T
   According to a communiqué issued by               against free trade agreements, the                           supporters gathered at Tompkins             CARRY OUT KIDNAPPINGS
the Zapatista military command, the red              World Bank and the International                                        Square Park to discuss the       ON OUR SOIL
alert is a “precautionary defensive meas-            Monetary Fund. Autonomous                                                   red alert and possible       An Italian judge has issued arrest warrants
ure.” The red alert came in response to              communities have been created                                                 solidarity actions. On     for 13 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a
Mexican military accusations of marijuana            in Chiapas and                                                                     June 29, the EZLN     Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan in
farms in Zapatista communities. The                  have been able                                                                     announced that the    2003. The cleric has never been seen
reports were false, but observers saw the            to create a parallel                                                             conseltas had con-      again. He is believed to be in Egypt where
charge as a possible pretext for an attack. In       power structure to                                                               cluded and “the         he has reportedly been tortured. U.S.
May, the bank accounts of Enlace Civil, the          the official government, run-                                                    EZLN shall under-       agents are also under investigation in
main EZLN solidarity committee, were                 ning schools, health care clin-                                                  take a new political    Germany and Sweden for carrying out simi-
frozen by the Mexican government.                    ics and farming cooperatives.                                                   initiative that is       lar kidnappings.
   “Now we shall decide whether we are going            In the 11 years since the                                                   national and inter-
to do something else, and we will make the           uprising against global-                                                      national in nature.”       RUMSFELD WARNS OF UP TO 12
results public at the proper time. We are now        ization and for land                                                         These initiatives will      MORE YEARS IN IRAQ
making clear – in order to end the specula-          reform, major changes                                                      be explained in a series of   Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
tions – that this ‘other thing’ does not entail      have taken place in the                                                  text that will be part of the   has admitted it could take up to 12 more
any offensive military action on our part…           rebel communities.                                                      “Sixth Declaration of Selva      years to quell the resistance in Iraq. He
Ever since February-March of 1994 our entire            The paramilitary struc-                                              Lacandona.”                      said on June 27, "That insurgency could
military presence has been, and is, defensive.”      ture of the EZLN leadership                                                                              go on for any number of years.
                                                                                          G
wrote Subcommandante Marcos, the sym-                has been replaced on the ground ARY MARTIN                               For up to the minute reports,   Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight,
bolic masked leader of the EZLN.                     by “caracoles” (Spanish for sea shell)                                   see chiapas.indymedia.org       10, 12 years." (Before the war he told
                                                                                                                                                              NPR, "I can't say if the use of force would
                                                                                                                                                              last five days or five weeks or five months,
                                                                                                                                                              but it certainly isn't going to last any
U.S. TROOPS TURN THE GUNS AROUND                                                                                                                              longer than that.") The fighting in Iraq
                                                                                                                                                              shows no signs of slowing down. At least




Hazardous Duty in Iraq
                                                                                                                                                              1,350 people have been killed since the
                                                                                                                                                              formation of the new Iraqi government on
                                                                                                                                                              April 28. And the CIA has warned that Iraq
                                                                                                                                                              is now serving as a real-world laboratory
                                                                                                                                                              for urban combat for Islamic militants.

The alleged killing of two U.S. Army officers in Iraq on                                                  have deserted since the start of the Iraq war;      ISRAELI SOLDIER CONVICTED IN
                                                                                                          the mutiny by an army reserve transportation        DEATH OF PEACE ACTIVIST
June 7 by Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, New York                                                unit in October 2004, which disobeyed               An Israeli military tribunal has convicted a
                                                                                                          orders to undertake a supply mission they           former IDF soldier of manslaughter in the
is creating fear among some and hope among others that the                                                called “suicidal;” and in the same month the        shooting death of Tom Hurndall. The 21-
                                                                                                          refusal of an Iraq-bound national guard pla-        year-old peace activist was shot in Gaza in
mighty U.S. war machine is disintegrating, dredging up                                                    toon in Mississippi to conduct training as a        April 2003 -- less than a month after an
                                                                                                          protest against conditions at their facility,       Israeli military bulldozer ran over and killed
comparisons to the Vietnam War.                                                                           Camp Shelby.                                        23-year-old Rachel Corrie, of Olympia
                                                                                                             Another recent incident points to the break-     Washington. Hurndall died last year after
                                                                                                          down in discipline and command. On June             nine months in a coma. Meanwhile, in defi-
BY A.K. GUPTA                                        units avoid or refuse battle, kill their officers,   20, a military hearing was conducted at Fort        ance of international law, the Israel govern-
                                                     are full of drugs and are without enthusiasm         Sill, Oklahoma for Sgt. David Freyaldenhoven        ment has resumed carrying out assassina-


N         o one, except perhaps the Pentagon,
          knows precisely how many military
          personnel were dispatched by dis-
gruntled GIs in Vietnam, but the problem
was so pervasive that in 1971 military histo-
                                                     when not on the verge of mutiny.”
                                                        By the early 1970s, rebellious grunts crip-
                                                     pled the U.S. military not just in Vietnam
                                                     but worldwide. A congressional inquiry
                                                     uncovered “literally hundreds of instances of
                                                                                                          who has admitted to killing Staff Sgt. Terry
                                                                                                          Robbins while arguing over alcohol last Feb.
                                                                                                          10 at Camp Taji, just north of Baghdad.
                                                                                                          Freyaldenhoven claims self-defense. According
                                                                                                          to witnesses at the hearing, Robbins had a ten-
                                                                                                                                                              tions of Palestinians.

                                                                                                                                                              SADDAM TO RONNIE:
                                                                                                                                                              I MISS YOU
                                                                                                                                                              GQ reports that former Iraqi President
rian Col. Robert D. Heinl Jr. wrote in the           damage to naval property wherein sabotage is         dency to pull his gun “during card games and        Saddam Hussein has told his guards that he
official Armed Forces Journal, “‘fragging’ is        suspected.” This included acts that took             arguments at camp,” as well as threatening to       misses the good ol' days when the United
current soldier slang in Vietnam for the mur-        entire warships out of action. Mutiny even           “shoot the Iraqis they were training if they        States was secretly helping arm Iraq. He
der or attempted murder of strict, unpopular,        spread to U.S. Air Force pilots, the elite of        didn’t listen or perform better.”                   said, "I wish things were like when Ronald
or just aggressive officers and NCOs [Non            the elite. In Vietnam, pilots diverted mis-             The episode reveals that despite                 Reagan was still president." Meanwhile
Commissioned Officers]…. Word of the                 sions, failed to show up to protect bombing          Robbins’s violent temperament he was left           Iraq's Justice Minister has accused the
deaths of officers will bring cheers at troop        runs and even refused orders.                        on duty. Also, the Pentagon forbids alcohol         United States of trying to delay Iraqi efforts
movies or in bivouacs of certain units.”                Today, the Pentagon is haunted by the             in war zones, but according to a report in          to interrogate Hussein in order to hide
   According to historian Gabriel Kolko,             spectre of another guerrilla war without end.        the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Capt. John           secrets about former ties between
author of Anatomy of a War (perhaps the sin-         While the alleged fragging incident by               Vanlandingham, “testified that alcohol was          Washington and Baghdad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE INDYPENDENT




gle best study of the Vietnam War), there            Martinez is only the second case in Iraq, it         easy to find at Camp Taji. ‘Oh, yeah, every-
were a minimum of 788 officially confirmed           also appears to signal a breakdown in the            body knew you could get alcohol,’ he told           SHORT HITS:
cases of fragging from 1969 to 1972, result-         armed forces.                                        the court by telephone.”                            On June 26, South African marked the 50th
ing in 86 deaths. Another historian, Terry              After completing a recent trip to Iraq               The backdoor draft aside, these break-           anniversary of the signing of the Freedom
Anderson, contends, “The U.S. Army itself            where he visited with U.S. and Iraqi army            downs in military discipline are happening in       Charter that declared "South Africa belongs
does not know exactly how many... officers           units, Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey warned,          a volunteer army, which is more ominous             to all people who live in it, black and white."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                JUNE 29 – JULY 20, 2005




were murdered. But they know at least 600            “We are getting toward the end of our capac-         than discontent among draftees. With casu-          ... British Armed Forces Minister Adam
were murdered, and then they have another            ity… The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are              alty rates increasing once again among U.S.         Ingram has revealed that the U.S. dropped
1,400 that died mysteriously.” He adds that          incapable of sustaining the effort. Our              forces, it seems certain that the military          30 napalm-type firebombs in Iraq in 2003...
by 1970 the army was “at war… with itself.”          recruiting is coming apart. The National             machine will continue to fall apart.                The Bush administration rejected an extra-
   Fragging was the most obvious sign that           Guard is going to unravel.”                             This is probably causing nightmares for          dition request from Venezuela for CIA-
the U.S. military was disintegrating. Heinl             The unraveling includes recruitment rates         the Pentagon brass, but at least it’s the silver    trained, Cuban-born Luis Posada Carriles to
noted that, “The armed forces still in               that have fallen by as much as 40 percent;           lining of the Iraq war – a mutinous army is         be tried for his role in a 1976 airliner bomb-
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Vietnam are on the brink of collapse. Separate       reports that 5,500 U.S. military personnel           only a danger to itself.                            ing that killed 73 people.
                          Reviews


                          Better Than Real:
                          Hip-Hop Lit
                          By Kazembe Bulagoon                        Instead of becoming an MC, she
                                                                     decided to study public policy at


                          E      ver since Slick Rick dropped
                                 “A Children’s Story,” hip-
                                 hop has been a story-telling
                          form, telling tall tales while
                          “keeping it real.” This is a truth
                                                                     Columbia University until she went
                                                                     through a “creative recovery.”
                                                                        After writing a number of
                                                                     screenplays, Quintero turned to
                                                                     the creative nuance of fiction. Her
                          not lost on hip-hop activist turned        first novel, Explicit Content, exam-
                          novelist Sofia Quintero. Writing           ines the challenges of sisterhood in
                          under the pen name Black                   the face of hip-hop capitalism. In
                          Artemis, her second novel Picture          Picture Me Rollin’ her main charac-
                          Me Rollin’ reclaims the insurgent          ter’s obsession over Tupac Shakur
                          radical politics once common in            serves as a meditation on the cur-
                          hip-hop. It’s no small task cutting        rent crisis in hip-hop. For
                          against the current flood of crass         Quintero, hip-hop, like Shakur, is
                          commercialism and misogyny in              at a crossroads. “There are many
                          big media hip-hop, but self-con-           contradictory impulses in hip-hop      SOFIA QUINTERO in front of a De La Vega mural in East Harlem. PHOTO: IRINA IVANOVA
                          fessed “bona fide hip-hop purist”          between revolution and being a
                          Quintero considers herself up to           gangsta. While trying to be a ‘rev-    However, Quintero is quick to make        street life counterparts.               hopes to spark dialogue about the
                          the challenge.                             olutionary but gangsta’ is desir-      a distinction between her work and           Quintero is taking her book          direction of an art form so integral
                             An Afro-Latina raised in the            able, we can’t go both ways”           the real-street-life literature by        tour to alternative and people-of-      to her development. “I don’t want
                          Soundview section in the Bronx, her        Quintero told The Indypendent.         writers like Iceberg Slim and Zane.       color spots across the country,         to forget that hip-hop comes out
                          first memories were of her brother            The pop-novel form has also been    “Just because it’s urban, doesn’t nec-    while organizing Chica Luna             of the experiences of the children
                          sneaking out to golden age hip-hop         a means of broadening socialist and    essarily mean it’s hip-hop.” Still, she   Productions, a women’s artist col-      of the damned. We need to recon-
                          parties at Morris High School.             feminist ideas to new audience.        does share the DIY spirit of her          laborative. In writing novels, she      nect and pick up that struggle.”


                          Highlights of the Human Rights Film Fest



                          Heavy Ceilings & Love Ties
                          By Diane Mason                             THE BOYS OF BARAKA                        One miraculous intervention in         Knox is, in the end, about just that,   have sex. She trusts her sense that
                                                                     In the riveting feature length doc-    the lives of 20 boys each year since      but in privileged circumstances.        homosexuality is natural, and


                          T      he 2005 Human Rights
                                 Watch International Film
                                 Festival, co-presented in
                          New York in June by the Film
                          Society of Lincoln Center,
                                                                     umentary film The Boys of Baraka,
                                                                     opening at the Film Forum in the
                                                                     Fall, we’re taken to Baltimore and
                                                                     the grimmest of slums, where
                                                                     children come into the world long
                                                                                                            the mid-90s was the conceptually
                                                                                                            sophisticated Baraka School, situ-
                                                                                                            ated in the lush countryside of
                                                                                                            Kenya. Here, they were boarded and
                                                                                                            educated for two years to give them
                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it’s about a strong-minded
                                                                                                                                                      15- year-old with an extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                      gift for thinking for herself on sub-
                                                                                                                                                      jects that are taboo in the conserva-
                                                                                                                                                      tive Southern Baptist, Republican
                                                                                                                                                                                              understands that who controls the
                                                                                                                                                                                              purse determines policy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              STATE OF FEAR
                                                                                                                                                                                              The USA/Peruvian entry State of
                          screened 26 films and videos               after the heaviest of ceilings had     a shot at living functional, gratify-                                             Fear, opening at the Film Forum
                          from 20 countries that tackle              fallen, crushed preceding genera-      ing lives. Among other skills, they                                               on January 25, 2006, is a powerful
                          some of the most important                 tions and are certain to claim         were taught how to deal effectively                                               documentary which damns both
                          human rights and political stories         them too, absent the occasional        with conflict. When the school is                                                 houses that, in battling one another,
                          of our times including; “the war           miracle. Here, the heavy ceiling is    suddenly shut down because of                                                     annihilated thousands of Peruvians
                          on terror,” the struggle for chil-         the history of the African in          political and economic fallout from                                               since 1970: that of the egregiously
                          dren’s rights, and the inequities          America, where the institution of      9/11, some of the boys who’d com-                                                 privileged descendants of the con-
                          wrought by globalization.                  slavery ranked with the worst such     pleted only half the course are suffi-                                            quistadores and their ilk, who con-
                                                                     practices known.                       ciently prepared to survive the mean                                              stitute the government and run the
                          THE LIBERACE                                                                      streets, while others are not. This                                               military; and, on the other hand,
                          OF BAGHDAD                                                                        beautifully architected film focuses                                              the Shining Path revolutionary
                          The UK video The Liberace of                                                      on three boys from the last group                                                 movement, in a bitter response to
                          Baghdad, while not an important                                                   sent to Kenya and sensitively high-                                               intolerable circumstances. Finally
                          work, is of interest because it pro-                                              lights key facets of their stories. It                                            the film damns the regime of
                          vides a glimpse of Iraq from the                                                  makes clear that people caught in         environment of Lubbock, Texas –         Alberto Fujimori which used “ter-
                          point of view of an Iraqi, a once-                                                terrible conditions don’t choose to       where there’s nothing for teens to      rorism” as an excuse to militarize
                          famous pianist reduced to playing                                                 be there but are tripped up by layers     do but hang out in parking lots and     the state.
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                          in a hotel lounge for clusters of con-                                            of overwhelming circumstances and         have sex. But all of us are born with
                          tractors. Initially, he speaks obses-                                             their very humanity. And it under-        gifts. The trick is getting that por-   OCCUPATION
                          sively about his lifelong amours. As                                              scores the critical importance of love    tion of sunshine, rain and fertilizer   DREAMLAND
                          the situation around him deterio-                                                 ties, of how profoundly children are      that allows those gifts to emerge       A repetitive, but valuable video
                          rates, he fears being killed and                                                  affected by a father in prison or a       and flower. What did it for Shelby      record Operation Dreamland registers
JUNE 29 – JULY 20, 2005




                          misses his wife who went to                                                       mother possessed by drugs even            were two dyed in the wool conser-       the thinking of many American
                          America. He’ll probably emigrate                                                  though they may receive the tough         vatives who were the best parents       soldiers stationed in Falluja before
                          too though he’s reluctant to aban-                                                love of another parent or the care of     imaginable, in the solid middle-        the U.S. military demolished it.
                          don a daughter who won’t leave.                                                   a gentle grandmother.                     class environment their own back-       While some echo the administra-
                          Lying in his hotel basement bed -                                                                                           grounds enabled them to provide.        tion’s line, most get what’s really
                          it’s too dangerous to drive home                                                  THE EDUCATION                             Shelby takes a vow not to have sex      going on. At a recruitment meet-
                          after hours - he says he fears the ceil-                                          OF SHELBY KNOX                            before marriage, but understands        ing, they’re nastily reminded of
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                          ing will fall one night and crush                                                 Speaking of love ties, the equally        the need for sex education in the       how bleak their futures look, so
                          him, because it’s so heavy.                                                       riveting The Education of Shelby          schools for the many teens who will     they’d better re-enlist.
the g-string




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By Amy Wolf                             by refocusing on the intense emo-      Jack spends                                                     ‘n’ pocket
                                                                                                                                                                                        SUNDAY, JULY 10 @ 2:30PM • FREE
                                        tional bonds that fuel physical        a great deal of                                            shot and one for
                                                                                                                                                                                         FEMINIST BOOK CLUB: This month’s


I   n the last issue, I closed with
    the term “Docurotica,” leav-
    ing some readers with
ingrained images of Andy
Rooney getting a rim job from
                                        intimacy. The films empower
                                        couples to reclaim the right to
                                        engaging, enjoy and watch hot,
                                        raunchy sex. Xana, of Xana and
                                        Dax: Opposites Attract, confesses
                                                                               screen time insist-
                                                                               ing he’s OK with men
                                                                               having sex with his wife.
                                                                               Really, he’s OK with it. The
                                                                               narrative construction of all of
                                                                                                                                     a full shot framing
                                                                                                                                    the tantric architec-
                                                                                                                              ture of the couple’s bodies.
                                                                                                                         The sex scenes are shot mini-
                                                                                                                      mally with the thwacking bodies,
                                                                                                                                                                                      book: Communion: The Female Search for
                                                                                                                                                                                            Love by Bell Hooks. Open to all.

                                                                                                                                                                                           MONDAY, JULY 18 @ 7PM • FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                          AN EVENING WITH AL BURIAN AND
Mike Wallace.                           while sweetly grinning to her          Comstock’s films are as pre-           groans and genuine orgasms pro-                                 JESSICA HOPPER. Al Burian is a writer,
   You will be relieved to know         lover, “It’s very romantic just to     dictable as, well, sex. OK, a date     viding the only soundtrack. The                                  musician and the creator of the popular
that I am not going there.              fuck.” Tony Comstock seeks to          and then sex.                          lighting and location are reminis-                             fanzine Burn Collector. Jessica Hopper is a
   The act of classification, how-      infiltrate the minds of even the          The films begin with warming        cent of an Ikea showroom,                                       Chicago-based feminist music and culture
                                                                                                                                                                                     critic for Punk Planet and the creator of the
ever old school and taxidermistic,      most conservative couple who are       and giddy stories of the how-we-       stripped of detail to emphasize the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 fanzine Hit it or Quit it.
facilitates understanding, and          one step above doing “it” through      first-met variety. Puppy-dog eyes      universality of the act.
we’ve got a new species of sex film     a hole in the bedsheet.                and tales of “breasts are so com-         Sex doesn’t have to be bad, and                                  TUESDAY, JULY 19 @ 7PM • FREE
to investigate. The vast majority       Consequently, he features couples      forting, they’re like my natural       neither do sex films. In the early                                     READING: Bending with author
of “pornography” arguably entails       that have traditional, often nup-      pillows,” and cocks that “hang         70s, porno movies were part of a                                               Greta Christina
a derogatory and demeaning              tial, home and sex lives.              just right,” are syncopated with       larger social struggle against                                     Bending is part of a three-novella erotic
depiction of women, is tailored to      Although Comstock works with           bursts of footage of the couple        shame. The proliferation of porn                                  collection, Three Kinds of Asking For It,
the solitary male gaze and repre-       demographically diverse couples,       nibbling nipples or engrossed in       stemmed from a Supreme Court                                               edited by Susie Bright.
sents sex as a perverse and purely      all relationships are rooted in        doggy-style variation three.           ruling that clarified nudity as not
physical act. Sex-positive pioneers     good-old monogamy and fairytale        Splicing sex and foreplay within       obscene. Tony Comstock cannot                                      WEDNESDAY JULY 20 @ 7PM • FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                              SPAZZES WITH GLASSES:
have worked for years to combat         notions of true love.                  their close-up interviews leads the    fix or undo porno, but he will
                                                                                                                                                                                            Book Nerd Tour Summer 2005
these dangerous attitudes toward           The stylistic quality of            viewer into an emotional and erotic    continue making movies until                                       Featuring Anne Elizabeth Moore and Liz
sex and reclaim this natural and        Comstock’s four docurotic films        intimacy unparalleled in porn.         everyone, even your great aunt on                                  Mason; and joined in NYC by Jacinta
beautiful gift that keeps on giv-       has progressed from the first,            At some point, as with most         oxygen and your fourth-grade                                       Bunnell, creator of Girls Will Be Boys
ing.                                    Marie & Jack: A Hard Core Love         good dates, the talking stops. The     teacher, are having copious                                                   coloring books.
   Comstock Films has managed           Story. Investigating the backstage     filming of the sex scene utilizes      amounts of good sex – and not
to break into new filmic territory      lives of two established porn stars,   two cameras, one for a straight ball   feeling ashamed.



                                                                                                                                                                      SAM QUINONES
The A String

Noise on the Border:
Narcocorridos & Cumbia Dub
BY STEVE WISHNIA                        South Austin.
                                           The miracle of music is that it


I    ’m driving through the desert
     in Coahuila, Mexico, with my
     friend Ioni from Austin, listen-
ing to Los Tigres del Norte’s dou-
ble CD Jefe de Jefes. “Los Tigres.
                                        can reach anyone from anywhere,
                                        but people who come from the
                                        same place and culture are still
                                        going to feel special ties to it. A
                                        Jamaican who grew up playing                                                                                                                           VOXPOPNET.NET
Good music,” says a clerk in the        “police and thieves” instead of                                                                                                                        MONDAY JULY 4 • 6:00pm
music store in Ciudad Acuna. The        cops and robbers is going to feel                                                                                                                          $5 sliding scale.
music feels like it grows directly      more resonances with Junior            did a video with a North Carolina      Rio,” based on the Colombian                                               4th OF JULY FUNNIES
                                                                                                                                                                                      Before you head out to the fireworks, join us for an
out of the land, the accordion riff-    Murvin’s reggae classic than will      singer-songwriter a few years ago,     rhythm that has spread as far as                               evening of live music and comedy. Performers include
ing around the spiky yucca, the         a punk-rocker who learned the          the music sounded perfect up in        Buenos Aires and Jackson Heights,                                Sudden Death, and Joshua Grosvent, a musical
bajo sexto (12-string bass guitar)      song from the Clash. And to an         the Appalachians; back in the          mixes in dancehall-style vocaliz-                              comedian. Additional performers to be announced.
waltzing with the mesquite and          old New York punk-rocker, the          city, it still sounded good, but it    ing, while his “Cumbia Poder”                                          TUES. JULY 5, • 7:30pm
purple sage. And it’s easy to imag-     Ramones, Johnny Thunders and           also felt like it was severely lack-   lifts the “weya-weya-weya” chorus                              INVENTOS: HIP HOP CUBANO DOCUMENTARY
ine that the men sweating tar on        Patti Smith are always going to        ing Afro-American DNA. (One            from an old Manu Dibango tune,
                                                                                                                                                                                         FRI. JULY 8 • DOORS OPEN 5:45am
the road crew have cousins who          sound like home.                       of the other musicians on that         itself a Cameroonian crossover. Bad                              AIR AMERICA'S MORNING SEDITION WILL
miss Mexico even though they’re            I loved hearing soul music on       tape was harmonica virtuoso            globalization obliterates local                                       BROADCAST THEIR SHOW LIVE
making hundreds of dollars a            the radio when I was in junior         Eddie Gordon, who played on the        scenes, reducing local styles to an                            from our café on the morning of July 8! Start time
                                                                                                                                                                                         is 6am. Get here early! The first few people
month in the fields of Arizona or       high on Long Island, but I didn’t      theme to Sesame Street. Gordon, an     “exotic” flavoring on top of vapid,                               through the door will receive free giveaways!
the factories of New York, like the     really get it until I moved back to    avid pothead, claims that Jim          homogenized product.                                                  See: shows.airamericaradio.com/ms/
“well-off wetback” of Los Tigres’       the city and danced to Aretha          Henson was “being green” when                                                                                      FRI. JULY 8 • 8:00pm
“El Mojado Acaudalado.”                 Franklin’s “Rock Steady” and           he conceived the character of          DESPEDIDA: Traditional Mexican                                                         Free
   This sense of the connection         Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa”          Kermit the Frog.)                      corridos end with a despedida, a                                     BROOKLYN WRITERS AT VOX POP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             THE INDYPENDENT




                                                                                                                                                                                          Poetry Reading: Join us for readings by
between music and place contin-         at house parties. I drank my way          Anyway, all this ultimately         farewell verse. The one in Manuel                                    local poets Pui Wong, Norman Stock,
ues after we cross the border           through a divorce with a Hank          means that there’s good globaliza-     C. Valdez y Juan Gonzalez’s “Por                                             and Tim Suermondt.
where the Department of                 Williams double CD, but country        tion and bad globalization of          Morfina y Cocaina,” a 1934 pris-                                        MON. 11 JULY • 8:30pm
Vaterland Security searches our         music didn’t really click into con-    music. Good globalization means        oner’s lament that may be the first                                 RICHARD THORNE, singer/songwriter
                                                                                                                                                                                      Acoustic, roots, Americana sound that has hints
car for hierba. (“Tell me, who cer-     text until I was driving through       that people can hear vital and         recorded narcocorrido, begins with                             of non-traditional bluegrass and old-timey country,
tifies los Estados Unidos?” Los         Arkansas with a Steve Earle tune       unique music from anywhere in          “El corrido aqui se acaba/ya no                                    all blended together with catchy alternative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             JUNE 15 – 28, 3005




                                                                                                                                                                                        folk pop melodies and intelligent, clever, and
Tigres sing.) Bobby Blue Bland’s        twanging out of the radio.             the world; bad globalization wants     quiero atormentar/cuando se                                               in some cases, narrative, lyrics.
Houston blues are the perfect              This works the other way too. I     everyone buying the same ten cor-      estarán deseando/que termine de
soundtrack for passing the cotton       loved hearing ranchera music on        porate megastars. Good globaliza-      cantar.” Translation: “The ballad                                          718.940.2084
fields of South Texas, Roky             the radio in New Mexico, but           tion creates exciting cross-cultural   ends here/I no longer want to tor-                                      1022 CORTELYOU RD
Erickson’s garage psychedelia for       back in New York, its polka            hybrids: Celso Pina’s 2001             ment you/when you are probably                                   2.5 BLOCKS OFF THE Q TRAIN (CORTELYOU RD. STOP)

cruising the neon boulevards of         rhythms seemed corny. When I           Mexican hit “Cumbia Sobre el           wishing/that I would stop singing.”                                             BROOKLYN
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on the street


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                                                                                                                      CALENDAR JUNE                                                                                                    – JULY
                                                                                                                      THU JULY 7                                            SUN JULY 10                                              CONTINUING FILM SERIES
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                                                                                                                      PRINT SALE, SCREENINGS TO CELEBRATE                   CODE PINK BENEFIT                                        ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES 2005
                                                                                                                      THE LAUNCHING OF RIFF RAG – a queer                   NYC's most notorious women share the                     Independent and underground Films and
                                                                                                                      feminist magazine committed to fighting               same stage: Lady Unluck, Grounde, ICU,                   Music on Rooftops!
                                                                                                                      white supremacy, promoting accessibility to           She Wolves, Devil Kit, Courtney Lee Adams                July 2: Dirty Work
                                                                                                                      art and building alliances across bound-              Jr., Stark.                                              July 9: Nick Peterson and the Clouds
                                                                                                                      aries.                                                Arlene's Grocery 95 Stanton St. (btw. Allen & Orchard)   July 4: Some Folks Call It Un-American
                                                                                                                      Jigsaw 526 E. 11th St. (A & B) 212.777.7845                                                                    July 16: Wild Pirate Shorts on
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                                                                                                                      Dancers & Djs, Open Bar 9 – 10                        A DOG’S LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY                              July 15: Caught In Between
ANTRIM CASKEY                                                                                                         @ Girlsroom 210 Rivington St. (Pitt & Ridge)          A hilarious documentar y about the bene-                 July 22: Kiss My Snake (World Premiere!)
                                                                                                                      212.995.8684                                                                                                   Fridays at the Automotive High School
                                                                                                                                                                            fits of the intense bond between dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     50 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
                                                                                                                                                                            and humans, as told by filmmaker and
THE INDYPENDENT                                          JULY 4 CONTINUED. . .                                        6 – 9pm • FREE                                        dog owner Gayle Kirschenbaum and her                     directly across the street from McCarren Park.
                                                         8:00pm—Midnight $20                                          CONCERT SERIES: SUMMER NIGHTS                                                                                  Saturdays at The Old American Can Factory
has open meetings every Tuesday at                                                                                                                                          dog Chelsea. Chelsea, rigged with a
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7pm at 34 E. 29th St., 2nd floor.                                                                                                                                           “doggy cam,” hits the streets of New York
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                                                         Than Other (Jerry Henry / 7:05) Pizza                        and parents who need clothes for their chil-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     8pm • FREE
12:00 Noon • FREE                                        American Civil Liberties Union / 2:20) World                 swap and garden Tea party.                                                                                     MOVIE NIGHT AT TIMES UP! There will be a
                                                                                                                                                                            Statue of Liberty; Stop by this Sunday for               short film screened before the feature.
COME JOIN IMMIGRANT YOUTH TO                             On Fire (Sophie Muller / 4:20) Buried in the                 5:30pm PRESS CONFERENCE, 6pm – Midnight
                                                                                                                                                                            our Red Hook shoreline cleanup and intro-                TIME'S UP! Space, 49 E. Houston St. (between
RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE DREAM ACT                        Backyard (Sarah Prior & Monica Bigler /                      HOUSE & GARDEN PARTY FOR GLORIA
                                                                                                                                                                            duction to canoeing program.                             Mott and Mulberry)
This event is in honor of immigrant students             New York, NY / 30:00) El Moro (Jim Finn /                    MATTERA: Meet independent candidate
                                                                                                                                                                            2nd and Bond and Canal Sts. F Train, Carroll St. stop
who are now at risk of being deported. The               3:00) System Failure (WITNESS / 8:00) A                      for Brooklyn Borough President, Gloria
DREAM Act in the Senate and the Student                  Girl Named Kai (Kai Ling Xue / 8:00)                         Mattera. East New York Green Tea House                                                                         SUNDAYS
                                                                                                                                                                            1pm Party, Film Screening at sunset                      7:30pm • FREE
Adjustment Act in the House are bills that               Luckiest Nut in the World (Emily James,                      300 Logan Street, Brooklyn (Btw. Atlantic & Liberty
                                                                                                                                                                            SUBMERGE ART AND ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL                    OPEN MIKE NIGHT AT VOXPOP
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                                                                                                                                                                            The Urban Divers present an outdoor film                 MCed by James Inzeo
vide a path toward legal residency for U.S.-             Ventimiglia & Jim Haverkamp / 5:45)
                                                                                                                                                                            screening of several films about the                     1022 Cortelyou Rd. Brooklyn
raised immigrant students who lack legal                 On the roof of the Fulton Mall Parking Garage, 300           6am • FREE
                                                                                                                                                                            Gowanus Canal. Join us for a par ty at the               718.940.2084
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                                                                                                                                                                            shoreline that will include oyster demon-
Thomas Paine Park @ Worth and Lafayette                  Rain - same location, www.rooftopfilms.com                   AT VOX POP
                                                                                                                                                                            strations, guided canoe tours and we'll be               JUNE 16 ON
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                                                                                                                                                                            distributing copies of our full-color water-             Sun–Fri 11am – 6:30pm Sat 11am – 8pm
                                                         10am – 12 noon • FREE                                        café on the morning of July 8! Doors open
                                                                                                                                                                            front resource maps and other literature                 $13.50 – 14.50 (find $5 discount tix on
9am – 5pm • FREE                                         DIRECT ACTION                                                5:45am, start time is 6am. Free giveaways!
                                                                                                                                                                            about the NY / NJ Estuar y.                              www.museumofsex.org)
PIPELINE PROTEST Environmental Education                 A street action calling for the shutdown of                  shows.airamericaradio.com/ms/
                                                                                                                                                                            Second and Bond and Canal Sts. F Train Carroll St.       MEN WITHOUT SUITS @ Museumofsex
and Solidarity Event. All Ages: Join us to               Guantanamo, including readings from testi-
                                                                                                                                                                            stop, www.urbandivers.org                                Objectifying the American Male Body
raise awareness of and protest Credit                    monials by detainees, their families, and                    6:15pm • FREE
Suisse First Boston's involvement in                     their lawyers.                                               PROSPECT PARK TRAFFIC-CALMING RIDE                                                                             Men Without Suits explores the impact of
destructive oil project Sakhalin-2                       34th Street and 6th Ave., Herald Square, New York,           Meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance.                SAT JULY 17                                              photography on American culture. Who
Madison Square Park (24th & Madison Ave.)                NY SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Pink Statue of Liberty                  www.times-up.org                                      2 – 5pm • FREE                                           makes the images? What is their pur-
www.dirtymoney.org                                       Gowns & Crowns; Orange Prison Jumpsuits or                                                                         CAKE WALK AND AUCTION WITH AUCTIONEER                    pose? Who consumes them. Explores the
                                                         Black Hoods & Capes of Detainees; Red, White &               SAT JULY 9                                            REVEREND BILLY                                           nature of male erotic appeal, the objectifi-
10pm • $5                                                Blue for Freedom & Justice; or street clothes with           9pm • FREE                                            Cake Walk labyrinth by Ariane Burgess.                   cation of the male physique, and the
HOT TUB: QUALITY IMPROV COMEDY                           Orange Armbands.                                             PROSPECT PARK MOONLIGHT RIDE                          Playground of Marte Valle Middle School                  notions of the male nude as both a fan-
a wet jubilee with Todd Barry, Paul Scheer,                                                                           Meet on your bike at Grand Army Pz, Brooklyn.         (Rivington St. between Suffolk & Norfolk Sts.)           tasy and a commodity.
Miss Ruby Valentine and others.                          6:00 pm • FREE                                               www.times-up.org                                                                                               233 Fifth Avenue @ 27th St.
The PIT, 154 W. 29th St.                                 LADIES’ BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT                                                                                       JULY 20 – 24                                             www.museumofsex.org
www.thepit-nyc.com for reservations                      49 E. Houston St. (between Mott and Mulberry)                4:30–-9:00pm • Sliding scale $10, 15, 20              Wed, 6:30 – 8:30pm;
                                                                                                                      (no one turned away, full dinner provided)            Thurs – Sun, 9:30am – 6:30pm                             FRIDAY EVENINGS
FRI JULY 1                                               WED JULY 6                                                   ANNUAL ANTI-4TH OF JULY BARBEQUE                      A 4-DAY INTENSIVE STUDY OF MARXISM                       IN JULY
12 noon • FREE                                           6:30 – 8:30pm • FREE                                         Awarding RnB's annual John Brown Award                WORKSHOP                                                 8 – 11pm • $15 adults / $8 youth / ($10 and $5
HELP US LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN TO TAKE                      PETE HAMILL IN CONVERSATION WITH                             for Anti-Racist Activism to Lynne Stewart             preregistration advised.                                 advance). Doors open at 7:30 PM
BACK OUR RENT LAWS. We demand the                        DAVID GONZALEZ: CASASOLA                                     Joined by Mandy Carter, Director of                   Brecht Forum's New York Marxist School, 451              SUNSET MUSIC SERIES
repeal of the notorious Urstadt Law, which               Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. (@ 104th St.)              Southerners on New Ground Fundraiser for              West Street, New York City. (212) 242-4201               Blues, Swing, Rock, Jazz and Country are
prevents the New York City Council and                                                                                the National People of Color Nonviolence                                                                       all a part of the live music scene at Red
Mayor from enacting stronger tenant protec-              6pm • $10 Adults • $5 for Students                           Network / War Resisters League People of                                                                       Hook’s Waterfront Museum Showboat
tions and reversing the phaseout of rent                 EXPERT GALLERY TALK                                          Color Caucus                                                                                                   Barge in Brooklyn.
                                                         Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and                      309 Park Place, Bklyn (btw. Vanderbilt & Underhill)                                                            Tickets for the entire evening at the door or at
stabilization and rent control.
Battery Park, Battery Pl, (at Broadway)
                                                         Pissarro 1865-1885. Linda Nochlin, Lila                      Sponsored by Resistance in Brooklyn,                                                                           www.waterfrontmuseum.org
Sponsored by:                                            Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art                      (718) 399-8366                                                                                                 Waterfront Museum at 290 Conover St., Brooklyn
Tenants & Neighbors, Met Council on Housing              Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 11 West 53 St.
Coalition for the Homeless

SAT JULY 2
9am – 4pm • FREE
13TH ANNUAL CYCLE MESSENGER WORLD                                                                        special
CHAMPIONSHIPS: MAIN RACE
Events will be going on from June 24th to
July 4th, but this is the main event! Since              INTRODUCTORY
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1993 in Berlin, the bike messengers of the
world gather every year for a weekend of
splendid mayhem. a world-class sporting
event!
Jersey City, New Jersey
www.nybma.com/cmwc2005

SUN JULY 3                                                                       $10 FOR 10 ISSUES
9pm – 12am • FREE
FILM NIGHT @ Cycle Messenger World                                         >>> a free paper for free people <<<
Championships
Riverside Park @ 105th St., Manhattan

MON JULY 4
10:00am—Noon • FREE                                              Bill me                      Check enclosed
PROTEST TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
DETENTION CENTER
Join Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, Center for
Constitutional Rights, Code Pink, the                     Name
Culture Project, Not in Our Name, United for
Peace and Justice, and WEDO                               Address
34th St. and 6th Ave.

3pm • FREE                                                City                                                                      State               Zip
BILL OF RIGHTS AGAINST CORPORATE
TYRANNY DIRECT ACTION
Join us to unfurl a modern-day Bill of Rights
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