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(en) US, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Local Anarchists Keep It Toasty

Date Sat, 25 Feb 2006 13:03:22 +0200


This, winter by raising hell for racists, military recruiters and Republicrats,
while putting down solid roots for the future.
NAZI SYMPATHIZING BAND CANCELLED AFTER PHONE JAM, MEDIA SWARM
02/22/2006 -- New Brunswick anarchists and members of
Anti-Racist Action, in coordination with the Jersey City based One
People's Project, pressured Rutgers University to cancel a concert
planned for the NJ Libertarian Party convention on February 25
through phone calls and a coordinated media outreach effort.
The headlining band, Allentown, PA based Poker Face, describes
itself as "nationalist Christian populist" and promotes content on its
web forums by white power writers from the National Vanguard and
White Revolution. The lead singer of Poker Face, Paul Topete, is a
self-described "Third Positionist" who masquerades as a critic of
Zionism in order to regurgitate myths about the "world Jewish
conspiracy."

Read more:
http://www.dailytargum.com/media/paper168/news/2006/02/23/PageOne/U.Cancels.Concert.At.Political.Event-1624897.shtml?norewrite&sourcedomain=www.dailytargum.com

TELEVISED DEBATE BETWEEN COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
AND DEMOCRATS DERAILED BY STUDENT UNION

02/22/2006 -- Handing out leaflets that read, "The greatest threat to
democracy is the notion it has already been achieved," members of
the Student and Education Workers' Union (SEWU) at Rutgers
University disrupted a televised debate between College Republicans
and College Democrats Wednesday.

The protest began just as the president of the College Republicans
was due to speak.

Student Union members unveiled a banner that read, "Our Dreams
Don't Fit On Their Ballots" and marched in front of the cameras,
delivering an impromptu speech. A statement released by the SEWU
said, "The real problems faced by students and education workers
today will only be solved when faculty, staff and students organize
themselves to defend their interests, not those of some political
party."

The look on the face of Rutgers College Republican President
Joseph "yes, that is his real name" McCarthy was also described as
"priceless" by one student union member.

Rutgers Republicans are dealing with continued repercussions from
a scandal last year involving the embezzlement of hundreds of
dollars and attempted extortion of $3,000 from the NJ State GOP
Forrester for Governor campaign by their member.

Read more:
http://www.dailytargum.com/media/paper168/news/2006/02/24/PageOne/Group.Protests.Debate-1636014.shtml?norewrite&sourcedomain=www.dailytargum.com

COUNTER-RECRUITMENT TRIAL SET FOR MARCH

The trial of two counter-recruitment activists, who are charged with
disrupting an Army language recruitment event, is set to begin in
March.

The activists were arrested in December. They are charged with a
petty disorderly persons offence for allegedly "shouting a chant
repeatedly" for over an hour during an Army recruitment meeting
aimed at native speakers of Arabic, Korean and Chinese. The Army
event was originally billed as "general interest meeting for all
language majors interested in careers with the federal government"
in order to lure students there.

Additionally, the activist group Rutgers Against the War has
promised to drive military recruiters off Rutgers campuses by the end
of this spring.

PIE TRIAL ENDS IN CONVICTION, APPEAL

The trial of activist Abe Greenhouse, arrested after pieing right-wing
Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky at a speaking event two
years ago, ended in a conviction and a fine of $200.00 recently.

Sharansky, who oversaw and administered Israel's policy of
collective punishment through home demolitions of Palestinian
civilians, had a Kosher cream pie put in his face before speaking at
Rutgers University in September of 2003. Greenhouse was arrested
after being assaulted by Sharansky's bodyguards, who broke
Greenhouse's nose, leading to $10,000 in medical expenses.

Greenhouse has stated he plans to appeal the verdict.

PLANS SET IN MOTION FOR SPRING ORGANIZING DRIVE
OF CENTRAL NJ BRANCH OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS
OF THE WORLD (IWW)

The Central New Jersey General Membership Branch of the IWW
plans to kick start regional organizing in an upcoming spring
campaign. The CNJ branch was chartered on May 1, 2005 and has
worked in solidarity with a number of labor and activist groups,
including other IWW GMB's, maquiladora workers in Mexico and
Common Ground Relief in New Orleans.
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