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Secret Documents About Indymedia Server Disappearance Unsealed

For more on this story, check out Free Govt Information.

Alt guide to Chicago

For those going to Chicago for ALA, check out the "Librarians' Guide to some of Alternative Chicago". There will be maps with it soon. Enjoy, but don't forget to come to the radical reference meeting from 6-9 on saturday at the Chicago Temple.

SWARM the Minutemen

SWARM the Minutemen invites people from all over the world who oppose racist violence to join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2005 to engage in a virtual sit-in on the MinuteMen website during their "Unite to Fight" Summit.

April 7 Benefit for Lynne Stewart in Brooklyn


Calling ALL POETS: Turn your words to political action for Lynne Stewart, America's most persecuted and prosecuted Public Defender

WHAT: A benefit of Spoken Word Poetry and other Truth Telling for Lynne Stewart. Come with a POETIC LETTER to the sentencing judge. (She faces more than 30 years!)

Why Your Broadband Sucks

Here's an interesting article about broadband in Philadelphia on Wired News from Laurence Lessig (including podcast).

Homeless in the libraries oh my!

This was originally posted on A-librarian list by Chris Dodge. Thanks Chris, Martha Furman, Danielle Maestretti, and Sandy Berman!

Homelessness and libraries have been much in the news of late. What burns me is that we'd rather ban people from reading (or even just hanging out somewhere) rather than dealing with the real problem: a society that condones and perpetuates homelessness by its inaction. *sigh*

10 steps to more democratic media

I just ran across this article, "10 steps to more democratic media" by Jeffrey Chester and Gary O. Larson in the Spring 2005 issue of "Yes!". It's important to know what is needed as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 comes up for review this year.

Media EmergenC overview and analysis

Media EmergenC, hosted by SDIMC and SD RadioActive, was held Oct 6-9, 2004 in San Diego concurrently with the National Association of Broadcasters annual radio road show. Here's an overview, images and audio of the events. Lotus at SDIMC has recently written a very cogent analysis of the event and of indymedia in general in the hope of creating critical dialogue within the indymedia movement. Please read and forward to interested folks.


5 Dem senators call on "full & transparent" look into Gannon

Democratic senators Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg and Reid issued a letter Friday to President Bush calling for a full and transparent investigation into the discredited White House reporter writing under the pseudonym Jeff Gannon. The letter is reproduced on the Raw Story blog.

AL bill will ban gay books from libraries

What's going on here? AL state legislature recently introduced a bill to ban homosexual materials from public libraries.

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