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NY Domestic Worker Challenges Involuntary Servitude

Filipino Workers Center

"Justice for Elma, End Abuse Now!" is a new initiative of the Filipino
Workers Center that seeks to obtain justice for Elma Manliguez, a domestic
worker who was severely mistreated by her employer in Queens, and to
highlight the plight of domestic workers in New York.

On Tuesday, November 13, 2001, Elma Manliguez filed a civil action in the
United States Eastern District Court against Martin and Somanti Joseph. The
suit alleges that the defendants violated the U.S. Constitution, federal
and state laws by coercing Ms. Manliguez into coming to the U.S., forcibly
confining her in their house, subjecting her to inhumane work conditions,
and inflicting on her other forms of abuse and humiliation. The suit seeks
compensation for unpaid wages, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

Wartime Terrorism Standards Threaten San Francisco AIDS Direct Activists

Bill Dobbs duchamp@mindspring.com, December 12, 2001

In a precedent-setting case, two activists were jailed November 28 in San
Francisco, with bail set at $500,000 each. Michael Petrelis and David
Pasquarelli are charged with a long list of felonies and misdemeanors
following their campaign against proposed AIDS quarantine laws. San
Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan declared in the San Francisco
"We are talking about terrorism here" -- although there are no
charges of violence. The men currently languish in jail with little prospect
of release. Beyond the charges under state law, there has been a serious
call for prosecution using new federal anti-terrorism legislation, the

Belgian police detained more than 20 people ahead of
expected protests in Brussels by tens of thousands of trade
unionists and anti-capitalist activists during a European Union
summit on Friday and Saturday.

On the eve of the first demonstrations, Mayor Freddy Thielemans
told reporters 22 people had been arrested on the Dutch border
carrying outlawed objects including knives, gas masks and scanners
to eavesdrop on police frequencies.

They were later sent back to the Netherlands.

The summit at the Laeken royal palace, which caps Belgium's
six-month tenure of the rotating EU presidency, will launch the
next stage of constitutional reform in the 15-nation Union.

read the rest at planetark.com

An Urgent Message on the Pacifica Radio Settlement

Juan Gonzalez

Dear Pacifica Campaign Supporter:

Late yesterday we received news that there has finally been a legal
settlement in the long and bitter battle against the corporate clique
which hijacked the Pacifica network. (For the settlement text
go to pacificacampaign.org

We in the Pacifica Campaign have not had a chance in such a short time
to convene an official meeting and decide our position on the
settlement. We have, however, publicly stated for many months that such
a negotiated settlement was not only possible but was in the best
interests of preserving a viable network for the listeners.

We never deluded ourselves, however, about such a settlement, knowing
that in this, as in any bargaining process, the "devil is often in the
details." What I offer below is my preliminary analysis of the
settlement and what it means for our movement. I want to stress that
this is my individual view, not the official position of the Campaign,
which can only come later. But given the controversy this settlement is
sure to generate, I believe it is urgent to initiate reasoned debate
over its terms as soon as possible. So here it is:

Pacifica Campaign [mailto:pacificacampaign@yahoo.com] writes:

Utrice Leid Acted As Hammer for Pacifica Board Purged Progressive Staff,
Incited Violence

NEW YORK, (Dec. 12) -- In another sign of the growing influence of a
nationwide listener movement demanding democratic change at the nation's
oldest listener-sponsored broadcaster, the controversial No. 2 executive at
the Pacifica Radio network resigned yesterday following sustained protests.

National Program Director Utrice Leid, who helped carry out last December's
"Christmas Coup" at Pacifica station WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, resigned her
post effective Tuesday after only two months on the job, according to an
internal Pacifica memo obtained by the Pacifica Campaign.

Brussels, 12-12-2001 - In connection with the EU summit of Laeken, an
international coalition of activists promoting a
different globalisation have this morning occupied the
offices of CEFIC, the European lobby group of the
chemical industry. The group of activists with roots
in the radical environmental movement wants to
denounce the role of the chemical industry in blocking
any effective European environmental policy, in a
direct and nonviolent way. CEFIC constitutes a symbol
of the undemocratic character of the EU, where
corporations have a major influence on policy via
their lobbygroups. The activist wish to focus on the
informal power centres instead of the official one.

Daybreak Newspaper writes: From Daybreak Newspaper #1. a midwestern anti-authoritarian newspaper. It's available for 2$ from PO Box 14007 Minneapolis MN 55414


During the summer of 1942, the United States Army's Western Defense Command displaced 110, 000 people of Japanese descent from their homes near the pacific coast. Both American born and alien Japanese residents were forcibly moved into the ten internment camps between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mississippi River. These camps were "to serve as wartime homes for those evacuees who might be unable or unfit to relocate in ordinary American communities."

This situation is witnessed again today, as over 1,100 people have been detained in connection with the September 11th attacks. Eerily similar to past internments, detainees are being held in undisclosed locations while authorities release little or no information about exactly who has been arrested or why they are being held. The American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights organizations urged the government to release basic information about those arrested but received no reply. "We have been deeply disappointed with the government's refusal to release information that would assure the American public that this crucial investigation is being conducted with the basic protections guaranteed by our laws," Gregory Nojeim said. Attorney General John Ashcroft claims they are not required to release information as the government's actions are "consistent with the framework of law that we operate under."

Louis Lingg writes: "cryptome.org has posted the alleged Al Qaida Training Manual. It was discovered in Manchester, England and was translated and intoduced as evidence in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. USAMA BIN LADEN, et al. trial earlier this year (Kenya/Tanzania bombings).

The manual is available in PDF from the Department of Justice website."

msherrard@hampshire.edu writes: "December 6, 2001

Hampshire College Condemns
War in All-Community Vote

CounterPunch Wire

AMHERST, MA -- The students, faculty, and staff of Hampshire College have voted to condemn the "War on Terrorism" and propose alternative solutions. The vote, which was won by a margin of 693-121 (with 11 abstaining or ambiguous votes), is believed to the first such decision by a college community in the United States. (A majority of the students, faculty, and staff participated in the vote.)

"Our community has spoken," said Michael Sherrard, an organizer with Hampshire Students for a Peaceful Response, which sponsored the vote and authored the anti-war resolution. "We refuse to fall into silent support for an unjust war that kills innocents overseas, and threatens our safety and civil liberties at home."

Chuck Morse writes: Dear Friends and Comrades,

I am writing to let you know about a new biannual journal, The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books.

Volume one, number one (46 pages) contains the following articles:

* Program by Chuck Morse

* The Police/Prison Edifice by Lex Bhagat Review of Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis by Christian Parenti and The Perpetual Prisoner Machine by Joel Dyer

* Two Prison Anthologies by Rebecca DeWitt Review of A Field of Broken Stones by Lowell Naeve (with David Wieck) and Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing by Bell Gale Chevigny (editor)

* Theory of the Anti-Globalization Movement by Chuck Morse Review of Naming the Enemy: Anti-Corporate Movements Confront Globalization by Amory Starr and Globalization from Below: The Power of Solidarity by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith

* The Panther Insurgency by Paul Glavin Review of Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and their Legacy by Kathleen Cleaver and George Katsiaficas (editors) and All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond directed by Lee Lew-Lee

* An Anti-Authoritarian Response to the War Efforts by Marina Sitrin & Chuck Morse (or, in Spanish, Respuesta Anti-autoritaria a las Acciones de la Guerra)

* Notes about Contributors


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