Doing The Math Better: A Talk With Christian Parenti

In his book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, journalist and scholar Christian Parenti travels across time and space to show how climate change has exacerbated problems which already exist—problems created by Western militarism and neoliberal economic restructuring around the globe.Published by Nation Books in 2011, Tropic of Chaos describes the “catastrophic convergence” of poverty, violence, and climate change, and how the Global North, particularly the United …

NYU Law Trustee’s Company Hired Goons For The Protest Against Him

After first denying any connections to a group of protestors who threatened and harassed NYU students at a protest in September, CareOne/HealthBridge Management, a nursing home company owned by NYU Law School Trustee Daniel Straus, has now admitted to having hired “security” for the rally, The Villager reports.On Sept. 11, workers from Straus’ nursing homes along with student activists from NYU’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) held a protest outside of NYU’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, …

Occupy Student Debt Campaign Protested NYU 2031 Yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, two towers were erected on Gould Plaza outside of Stern. Precariously built out of cardboard boxes in about two minutes, these towers cost little more than the price of the paint that was used to decorate their exteriors. The buildings that they were supposed to represent, on the other hand, will take the next nineteen years—until 2031—to be completed. At an estimated cost of $6 billion, these real, non-cardboard …

Fear And Loathing In DC: GSOC Goes Lobbying

It’s 6:20 on Friday morning and a crowd is gathering in front of the Washington Square Diner on West 4th Street. Pleasantries are exchanged, but there is little need for introductions—almost everyone here knows each other, at least tangentially.With the exception of Sociology Professor Jeff Goodwin, we are the only members of the group who are neither members of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC), NYU’s union of graduate employees, nor staff members …

Occupy Oakland And The Disappearance Of Press Freedom

For many people outside of its vast network of working groups and autonomous organizations, Occupy Wall Street has fallen off the radar since many encampments were raided at the end of 2011. Since then, occupiers moved indoors for the winter months. But Occupy Oakland—which gained national attention back in October when a former marine and Iraq War veteran’s skull was fractured during a violent police raid—reentered the public consciousness on Saturday when it …

Sheriff 99% And The 1% Corporate Outlaw: NYU Law School Trustee Locks Out Workers

The two women stared each other down, slowly walking in a circle as they matched each other step for step. One, dressed in black from her cowboy hat and fake mustache down to her shoes, wore a paper badge labeled “99% Sheriff.” The other, a white cowboy hat, black Zorro-esque eye mask, and the label “1% Outlaw.” Suddenly, a line of people walked between them, breaking their concentration for …

Religious Institutions React Heatedly To Enforcement Of Free Contraception Law

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that starting in August 2012, most employers will be required to include full coverage of contraception in their healthcare plans. This decision, which is part of the Affordable Care Act and echoes similar laws that already exist in twenty-eight states, was made on the basis of a recommendation from the Institute for Medicine, but it elicited an unsurprisingly unfavorable reaction from religious institutions.Despite …

Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Anger Republicans But Might Help NYU Unions

On January 4, President Obama announced his decision to appoint three new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was in recess. The board had previously been at risk of losing its ability to rule on cases as only two of its five seats were occupied, but the appointments of Department of Labor Attorney Sharon Block, labor lawyer Richard Griffin, and NLRB counsel Terence Flynn gave the Board a …

NYU4OWS Organizing Expands As Occupy Wall Street Movement Grows

At 12:30 yesterday afternoon, while most of us were rushing to class or enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, a group of people gathered on Gould Plaza in front of Stern’s Tisch Hall and began speaking over the People’s Mic, the method of speak-and-repeat amplification that has become a trademark of Occupy Wall Street.“Welcome to the People’s University,” announced Stuart Schrader, a PhD student in American Studies and one of the organizers …

#OccupyNYU: Occupy Wall Street’s Growing Student Movement

Last Wednesday, thousands of students walked out of class to show their solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The occupation has been steadily gaining support since it kicked off on September 17, and the student march made it clear that students and their concerns have a place in the larger movement.Now, Occupy Wall Street is making its way even further into our lives. On Saturday, a general assembly was held in Washington …

Troy Davis Executed After Controversial Decision

At 11:08 last night, as outraged supporters gathered in protest around the world and family members bowed their heads and formed a prayer circle, Troy Anthony Davis, 42, was executed via lethal injection after twenty years on death row.Davis, a convicted murderer, was set to be executed at 7 o’clock last night after three previous execution dates that had each been called off due to insufficient evidence. The problem was that the case …

The Summer In Social Rights

While you were busy back home trying to get Google+ and Spotify invites, the rest of us were witnessing some pretty serious assaults on our civil liberties (as well as a couple of long-overdue victories). From women’s rights, workers’ rights, and gay rights to abuses of power, the wide-ranging events of this summer have far-reaching implications. Here’s a summary of some of what went down.New York Legalizes Same-Sex MarriageWhat happened: On June 24, New York …

Grad Students Seek Undergrad Support For Unionization

If you were walking through the lobby of Bobst yesterday around noon, you might have noticed that there were about 100 people taking up all of the spots on the benches in the lobby.  If you had taken the time to look around, you might have recognized a couple of them as your TAs or RAs.A year ago, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC), which has been struggling against the administration for …

NYU’s Fight Against Grad Students’ Rights Continues

I had no idea how to approach my TA the first time I needed to ask him a question after class. He spoke to the members of the class as equals, but he was responsible for grading our papers. He reminded us of the importance of attending lectures, but he sympathized when we expressed frustration towards the professor’s boring lecture style. Though his role seemed ambiguous, he was first and …