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Five hundred disability rights activists, representing a wide-range of ages, ethnicities, and disabilities, converged outside Senator Fristís home on September 18, 2005 to protest the deadly responses to Hurricane Katrina for people with disabilities, including the proposed cut of $10 billion in Medicaid. Please see story on page 9. Photo © Tom Olin
4 Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
by Peter Kropotkin, edited by Andrew Riedl
Mutual aid exists in the lowest stages of the animal world; and from theses stages we can follow its evolution through all degress of human development.
5 DoE Rules Students Can Opt-Out Themselves
A school must honor a request by a student not to disclose his or her name to military recruiters.
6 Students Have the Right to Know: Beginning to Counter Military
Recruiters in Miami
By Jeanette Smith
See that gentleman from your school? He doesn't want me to give you this information. He threatened to call the police.
8 Military in New Orleans Requests Help from Anarchist Relief
By Chuck Munson
They turned doctors around. We set up the first medical clinic.
9 Disability Rights Activists Protest Deadly Responses to Katrina
By Alyson Lie and ADAPT
This really is a matter of our life and death. The needs of people with disabilities shoud not be pitted against Katrina survivors for essential services.
10 Katrina Aftermath: A Flood of Injustice
By Jamie Bissonnette
Prisoners were left in the prison with no custodial staff at all for 2 to 4 days. Those imprisoned on the ground floor were up to their necks in water.
11 Black Community Leaders Organize to Confront Racism: Demand
Community Oversight of Reconstruction
By Community Labor United and the Vanguard Public Foundation
Racism has turned a natural disaster into a human-made disaster.
11 Unnatural Disaster: The Lessons Of Katrina
By the Worldwatch Institute
The world's richest country is not immune from the need to respect natural systems and to invest in their protection.
12 Paramedics Survive Katrina Rescue: Cooperation Bloomed Despite
By Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky
Our exit was blocked by police who fired over our heads, saying there would be no superdome in their city.
14 Estate Tax Advocates Shift Moral Spotlight onto Unbridled
By Michelle Chen
It's not a tax on death. It's a tax on the transfer of enormous amounts of wealth.
16 Chief Justice Roberts Ruled for a Dictatorial Presidency
By People for the American Way
Roberts signed on to a blankcheck grant of power to ignore basic due-process protections.
17 Truth, Torture, and the American Way
By Jennifer Harbury
The CIA and related intelligence agencies have since their inception engaged in the widespread practice of torture. Legal responsibility goes all the way to the top.
18 Santo Domingo: Forty Years After the US Invasion
By Eric Chester
The CIA funded both sides in the presidential election, but helped overthrow the victor anyway.
20 Throwing Gasoline on Haiti's Fires
By Brian Concannon Jr.
The Haitian police are intimidating, murdering, and executing the poor and the political opposition with weapons transferred from the United States.
21 Anti-Racist Activist Virginia Hill, 1924-2005
By Matt Meyer
Ginny was one of the most devoted people in the US, campaigning for the independence and liberation of all of Africa.
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