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Our lucky day. A pdf of the above report is free here (could that have been any geekier?):
New York City: Protest of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of William Bratton to head the NYPD, December 9, 2013.
On a day’s notice, about 20 people came out in freezing weather to protest Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of arch-racist William Bratton as the next police commissioner. De Blasio had campaigned as an opponent of stop-and-frisk, but Bratton pioneered the policy under Rudy Giuliani and has since been spreading stop-and-frisk racial profiling to cities throughout the U.S.
The protest was held outside a gala fundraiser for The Nation magazine’s Nation Institute where Democrat de Blasio was the main speaker. As wealthy liberals entered the Metropolitan Pavilion on Manhattan’s West 18th Street, they were confronted by mostly young, working-class people of color chanting, “We don’t want the status quo! Bill Bratton has to go!” and “Bratton: war criminal of Manhattan.”
Police snuck de Blasio into the venue’s back entrance. As protesters raced to confront him as he left, they encountered a surreal scene as they stumbled into a fire department drill involving flares, actors on the ground shouting for help, and dummies strewn across the street.
Undeterred, about 10 protesters were able to rush de Blasio’s van with signs and chants as it sped away from the event.
Photos and report by redguard
Tensions are flaring over San Francisco’s tech-driven gentrification. This morning, protestors calling for an end to the increasing number of evictions blocked a Google bus from leaving the city and shuttling its workers to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. One Google worker inside the bus named Alejandor Villarreal, captured the scene and shared it on Instagram (pictured above).
The privately-owned Google buses (and their counterparts at companies like Facebook and Apple) have long been symbols of the city’s gentrification (a hidden map of their routes was published last January). Earlier this year, San Francisco native Rebecca Solnit published a piece in the London Review of Books on the impact of the buses. Solnit wrote:
The Google Bus means so many things. It means that the minions of the non-petroleum company most bent on world domination can live in San Francisco but work in Silicon Valley without going through a hair-raising commute by car - I overheard someone note recently that the buses shortened her daily commute to 3.5 hours from 4.5. It means that unlike gigantic employers in other times and places, the corporations of Silicon Valley aren’t much interested in improving public transport, and in fact the many corporations providing private transport are undermining the financial basis for the commuter train. It means that San Francisco, capital of the west from the Gold Rush to some point in the 20th century when Los Angeles overshadowed it, is now a bedroom community for the tech capital of the world at the other end of the peninsula.
Read Solnit’s essay in full over at the London Review of Books. As well-paid tech workers have moved into the city, many working class residents have been forced out as both rents and evictions have increased in recent years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The protest was organized in part by a group called Heart of the City, which wrote on its website that “the city needs to declare a state of emergency, stop all no-fault evictions, and prevent tech companies from running buses in residential neighborhoods, which is driving up rents (up to 20% along their route)..”
18 US Veterans Kill Themselves Each Day | Democracy Now
September 5, 2012
The month of July set a record high for the number of suicides in the U.S. military. An Army report reveals a total of 38 troops committed suicide last month, including 26 active-duty soldiers and 12 Army National Guard or reserve members — more soldiers than were killed on the battlefield.
The reasons for the increase in suicides are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies point to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressed the issue in June at the annual conference on suicide prevention in the military, saying, “Despite the increased efforts, the increased attention, the trends continue to move in a troubling and tragic direction.” We speak with Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, whose new book is called “The Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
AMY GOODMAN: The month of July set a record high for the number of suicides in the U.S. military. An Army report revealed a total of 38 troops—26 active-duty soldiers, another 12 National Guard or reserve members—are believed to have committed suicide in July, the highest rate recorded in a month since the Army started tracking detailed statistics on such deaths. More U.S. soldiers died in July by taking their own lives than on the battlefield.
We recently spoke to Iraq War veteran Aaron Hughes about suicides in the military.
AARON HUGHES: Every day in this country 18 veterans are committing suicide. Seventeen percent of the individuals that are in combat in Afghanistan, my brothers and sisters, are on psychotropic medication. Twenty to 50 percent of the individuals that are getting deployed to Afghanistan are already diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma or a traumatic brain injury. Currently one-third of the women in the military are sexually assaulted. It’s clear that these policies of the global war on terror has had a profound effect on the military, my brothers and sisters, while simultaneously perpetuating a failed policy. And unfortunately, we have to live with that failed policy on a daily basis, and we don’t want to be a part of that failed policy anymore.
“Support our troops” really does end when they are no longer soldiers.
Last year, Sandy massively disrupted of some of the East Coast’s neighborhood economies. But worker-owned cooperatives are creating jobs with real wealth and meaning.
A Co-op Story: People’s Construction in Rockaway
Published on Oct 29, 2013
Watch GRITtv at wwww.GRITtv.org. This week, 12 months after hurricane Sandy, GRITtv looks at thwarting land grabs and rebuilding with community members in the hard-hit area of The Rockaways. Distributed by OneLoad.com