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Press Conference for May Day 2011 Union Square + Protest videos


Updated: May 1, 2011 added protest videos

May Day '13, strikers in Union Square (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

on Apr 30, 2011

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Portland’s Neighborhood Tool Sharing Libraries


garden tools

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on Apr 30, 2011

Peak Moment 194: Need a tool for a few days? Don’t have it? Neighbor doesn’t have it? Borrow it from your neighborhood tool library! No tool library? Check out Portland, where several neighborhoods have started successful tool libraries just in the last few years. Organizers Tom Thompson, Karen Tarnow and Stephen Couche discuss how they got started, stories of community generosity, and the enthusiastic response of all who stop by. In these neighborhoods, there’s no reason not to grab the tools you need and do that project! [www.neptl.org, http://www.septl.org

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Ralph Nader: Seniors: The Great Human Resource of Our Country

Senior volunteer searches shelf

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on Apr 26, 2011

Karen Ferguson introduces long-time consumer advocate Ralph Nader who presents the 2011 Helen Quirini Activist Award to Ewa Bielski, Paul Edwards, C. William Jones, and Janice Winston.

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The Haymarket Riot: “It is a subterranean fire” by Elizabeth Schulte

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The Chicago Riot book cover

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by Elizabeth Schulte
April 29, 2011

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

The epicenter of this great labor struggle was Chicago, where the eight-hour movement inspired defiant protests and strikes–and inspired fear and repression from bosses and their loyal servants in law enforcement.

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Chris Hedges: Empires Die, but Kendra is Dancing With the Stars

with Chris Hedges
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April 29, 2011

Greed Is Not A Moral Value

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Ring of Fire Radio on Apr 29, 2011

Our democracy has been hijacked. Not just by greedy Republicans or by spineless democrats, but by the corporations who are pulling their strings from behind the scenes. And we have a mainstream media system in America that has remained complacent and almost welcoming to these corporate elite who control the country. But all hope is not lost — if we continue to fight, if we continue to expose the truth, then there is a good chance that we can make changes to this corrupt system, and Mike Papantonio recently spoke with author Chris Hedges about some of the problems facing our democratic system.

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Amy Goodman: WikiLeaks, Journalism and Modern Day Muckracking


on Apr 29, 2011

Wikileaks has sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community worldwide. This panel, presented at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston on April 8, discusses how the release of these documents has reinvigorated the great journalistic tradition of muckraking. It also raises the fundamental questions about how journalism is done in an age of digital whistleblowers and online leaks.

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Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald: Origins of the Taliban, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
April 29, 2011

Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald join us to talk about their recently released book, Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire. They discuss the origins of the Taliban and the array of armed groups in AfPak that are lumped together as “Taliban” by US media and politicians. Gould-Fitzgerald talk about Pakistan’s double play, the struggle for oil and gas that is the basis for the conflict, pipeline politics, the confused or even lack of strategy in the senseless costly war, the current corruption ridden puppet regime in Afghanistan, Obama administration’s drone-mania, their 8-point plan for ending the US occupation, and more!

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