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22
Nov
10

In case you missed it:

we have been m.i.a for a little while, in case you missed it some photos and reports of the Millbank Towers rebellion of 2010:

-A first hand account

-Students vow to continue rioting over fees

-Full round up from Infoshop.org

11
Sep
10

We are back!

After a long hiatus, we are back!

stay tuned for updates on the anti crisis struggle from the heart of NYC!

19
May
10

“Homes, Not Shelters!” Day of Action in NYC, on Malcolm X’s Birthday

BRONX: 12noon-3pm community gathering in the Bronx, with Rebel Diaz music, food and more — followed by march to CHASE bank, where another banner was dropped, and the crowd began to enter the bank. CHASE WAS FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS EARLY.

MANHATTAN/BROOKLYN/BRONX—Early on Wednesday morning, the anniversary of Malcolm X’s birth, Picture the Homeless carried out two banner drops.  Transgressing into vacant buildings in Brooklyn and El Barrio, they dropped banners from the top that read “Homes Not Shelters / Casas No Refugios,” and “Let Housing Bloom…berg.”

BANNER DROP LOCATIONS

  • 2106 Third Avenue, between 115&116 [been empty ~25 years]
  • 24 Bartlett Street, between Harrison&Throop [been empty ~30 years]

18
May
10

NYC Solidarity Protest with Puerto Rican General Strike

A pretty live rally at the Puerto-Rican Consulate in NYC yesterday (tues) despite the rain, in solidarity with students and workers in PR. Almost 200 folks showed, and with some strategic diversion of the police on the part of some PR gentlemen in the demo, the pen started empty and stayed empty, slowly being eroded by the movement of the crowd.

Did they hear us in PR?

From the callout:

On the 22st day (May 14th) of the University of Puerto Rico student strike: The situation in Puerto Rico has intensified. Over the last few days the university students have demonstrated heroic & militant resistance. A few days ago, at a huge assembly of students at the PR Convention Center, students overwhelmingly decided to to step up the 22-day takeover/strike at the University of PR despite intimidation & harassment attempts by the university administration.
The colonial government has responded with intolerance and repressive police tactics. On this day the riot police squad was mobilized against the students! Water has been cut off to the Rio Piedras campus, the campus dorms have been evacuated, and folks have been arrested for simply trying to pass water & food through the fences to the striking students.
The father of a striking student who was bringing food and water was beaten and then arrested.
Fortunately, the blockade was broken when hundreds of professors, parents, and supporters began to arrive with water and bags of food, which they successfully tossed over the fence and over the heads of the cops, unable to stop them in front of the TV cameras. In the face of this repression, hundreds of parents, workers, community leaders and concerned have joined the picket lines (at all the island campuses) to protect the striking students.
Later in the day, José Pérez, a disabled graduate student who has won the love and respect of the entire striking community for his militancy and dedication, was badly beaten, dragged on the floor, and arrested for “aggression” when he attempted to re-enter the campus, after leaving momentarily to take care of personal affairs. Professors and fellow students who tried to come to his aid were doused in pepper spray. Two more students have been also been arrested for unknown reasons.
This afternoon, the workers unions of Puerto Rico have announced a general strike (work stoppage) for Tuesday May 18th in unity with the student movement and to denounce the confrontational politics of the colonial government of PR.
A call has been made to all people & workers to mobilize in unity with the students at all the various UPR campuses on the island.

In NYC, the Network in Support of the Workers of PR CALLS for ALL TO DENOUNCE THE REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT AND FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRUGGLE OF WORKERS AND STUDENTS OF UPR.

Join the NYC Protest!
Tue May 18,
5:30PM
at the Offices of the PR colonial Government (PRFAA)
135 West 50 (between 6th and 7th Ave)

21
Apr
10

Riots at James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia

“A large crowd of approximately 8,000 people near James Madison University turned into a full-scale riot last week. The JMU riot led to the arrest of several dozen party-goers.

Local police reported that rioters threw bottles at police, who were forced to use pepper spray and tear gas to quell the JMU riot.

Around 30 people were arrested and several were injured by broken glass during the afternoon and early evening. A number of fires were started in garbage cans.”

The Rocktown Rebel website has much interesting analysis about the events surrounding these riots as well as the backlash following the events.

21
Apr
10

UPR shutdown, occupied, repressed

An Occupation and student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras is [being] violently suppressed, but not before the administration canceled the rest of the semester and closed it “indefinitely”:

The PR Police elite forces are gathering near the University. It looks like the state wants to crash the strike with its violence, with no intention of any negotiation. That’s how the UPR administration is trying to defend its anti-universitary policies. Shame on them!!!!

read more from occupied PR!

13
Apr
10

University of Puerto Rico Occupied!

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Students in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universityof Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras have announced their plans to occupy both faculties on April 12th.

“Throughout the day we will have performances, music, poetry, art, work-shops and concerts. We will occupy against funding cuts, decrease of students rights and moratorium on tuition waivers.”

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