Homeless News update - Internet Anti-Fascist: 18 June 99 (#283)

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 09:04:16 -0700 (PDT)


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From: Paul Kneisel <tallpaul@nyct.net>
Subject: The Internet Anti-Fascist: Fri, 18 June 99 -- 3:47 (#283)

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Amnesty International (press briefing), "Kosovo refugee crisis:
Humanitarian solution or failure to protect?," 17 May 99, "In the
current response to the forced mass displacement from Kosovo, a number
of key policy issues have been raised by the response of the Macedonian
authorities and the international community to this crisis. This
response has proved unique in a number of ways...." <story981.txt>

Amnesty International, "Kosovo: Double tragedy in Koria," 17 May 99,
"Kukės -- The killing of civilians in Koria on the night of 13-14 May
is the second tragedy in this small village in recent weeks Amnesty
International said today." <story982.txt>

Stan Grossfeld (Boston Globe), "Harvard Square street people
increasingly are those just starting out," 17 May 99, "Clean-scrubbed
with a well-manicured goatee, Jerry Niland, 22, looked more Harvard
than homeless. But he shivered uncontrollably one evening last winter
in 'the Pit,' the mecca for young people outside the Harvard Square
MBTA station. Niland tried to catch some warm air wafting up from the
subway without drawing the attention of the T police, who don't like
loiterers." <story983.txt>

Leslie Cagan (Z-Net Commentary), "Can We Keep A Movement Alive?," 20
May 99, "If you read my commentary last month you know I recently was
in the center of the organizing for a major march and rally against
police brutality here in New York City. The event went well, with
somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people marching across the Brooklyn
Bridge into downtown Manhattan. The protest was on a Thursday afternoon
and it felt great to completely block traffic and the normal flow of
commerce all around the City Hall area. It was also great to be part of
an effort that so completely crossed racial lines. In the more than 2
months of public activities in the aftermath of the police murder of
African immigrant Amadou Diallo, New Yorkers from many constituencies
found themselves shoulder to shoulder. Our confidence in the
correctness of our collective criticisms of the New York Police
Department, the energy and commitment expressed in a host of protests,
combined with an all-too-rare missing experience of cross-constituency,
united action and fed the perception of many long time activists were
on the edge of a mass movement." <story984.txt>

Chantal Hebert (Toronto Star), "Pie hurler pleads not guilty," 20 May
99, "In what they describe as a case of 'cream and punishment,'
Quebec's cream-pie-throwing brigade, the 'entartistes,' will get their
day in court in the fall courtesy of one of their most prominent
victims, former premier Jacques Parizeau. Bruno Caron, the man who
threw a pie at Parizeau during an election meeting last fall, pleaded
not guilty yesterday to assault. The case will be heard in September.
But the issue will be hotly debated between now and then. On May 30,
the entartistes are staging a rally in Montreal and many Quebec artists
and left-wing activists have agreed to participate." <story985.txt>

Gina Holland (Associated Press), "Mississippi Flag Suit Fuels Debate,"
28 My 99, "The state Supreme Court's decision to reinstate a lawsuit
against Mississippi's use of the Confederate battle flag in the state
banner has refueled fiery rhetoric over the divisive symbol. Tucked in
a corner of Mississippi's state banner, the stars and bars is an anchor
for some proud Southerners, but a painful reminder of a segregationist
history for others." <story986.txt>

David L. Wilson <nicadlw@earthlink.net>, "The US Left: Split, or Free
at Last?," 29 May 99, "In just two months of bombing Yugoslavia Bill
Clinton has done what Lyndon Johnson needed three years to do with
Vietnam: he has split the majority of US activists from the Democrats
in a way that is unlikely to allow any reconciliation in the near
future.  It's hard to believe that just six months ago many activists
were streaming to the polls to 'hold their noses and vote for the
Democrats.' Now these same activists are forming picket lines outside
the offices of the 'Progressive Caucus' Congress members, who form the
hard core of the war party." <sory987.txt>

Maro Robbins (San Antonio Express-News), "San Antonio Police Dept.
Whistle Blower to Get $500,000," 27 May 99, "In a bruising defeat for
the Police Department, jurors awarded a half-million dollars Wednesday
to an officer who claimed his patrol unit was told to harass surly
looking teen-agers and soiled derelicts lingering around San Antonio's
downtown tourist areas. After some eight hours of deliberations, seven
jurors found Police Department officials retaliated against Officer
Onofre Serna after he protested the heavy-handed tactics that the
Downtown Foot and Bicycle Patrol was encouraged to use in 1995. Serna
was transferred to overnight squad-car duty in 1996 after an internal
inquiry into the downtown unit labeled him 'disruptive'."

Guardian (no author), "Woman judge says feminist wrong to bar men from
class," 26 May 99, "Perhaps it is an expression of the death of
feminism; or maybe it's simply the letter of the law. Either way, 30
years after her employers first indicated they would rather she took
her ideas elsewhere, a radical feminist theologian no longer has a job.
A judge has ruled that Boston College was right to close the door to a
professor who refused to have male students in her classes on account
of their 'phallocentric necrophilia'." <story989.txt>

International Solidarity with Workers in Russia - ISWoR, "Russian
Antifascist Prisoner Free Thanks to You, but Not Yet Out Of Danger," 5
Jun 99, "International Solidarity with Workers in Russia  (ISWoR) would
like to thank all of you who responded to our appeals to protest the
detention of the Krasnodar antifascists. Larisa Schiptsova, the
pregnant woman who was being denied medical treatment even though she
was very ill, has now been released from prison. The Moscow-based
solidarity campaigners believe that her release and that of Maria
Randina (who has had her charges lifted) was due to the efforts of all
those who phoned, faxed etc to protest." <story990.txt>

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