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.

"Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties" - film showing (Boston)

"Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties" - film showing
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Honan-Allston Public Library

On Wednesday March 2, 2005 to mark the Massachusetts Bill of Rights Day sixty-six years after the Massachusetts state legislature finally ratified the Bill of Rights on March 2, 1939 the ACLU of Massachusetts is sponsoring a mass screening of the Robert Greenwald film "Unconstitutional: the War on Our Civil Liberties."

Boston Radical Reference with ACLU of Massachusetts has organized a showing on Wednesday, March 2, from 6 to 8pm at Honan-Allston Public Library, 300 North Harvard Street, Allston. John Bookston (ACLU of Massachusetts' Civil Liberties Task Force) will lead a discussion following the film. Call 617-787-6313 for directions and email radrefboston [at] with any other questions.

Austin Indymedia Conference 2/19/05

Today Radical Reference presented a fact-checking workshop at the Indymedia conference at the campus at the University of Texas at Austin. Jeanine Finn and Donna Terpack-Palter presented the fact-checking workshop originally created by Jenna for the NYC meeting. Caroline Muglia was also in from New York and helped answer questions about Radical Reference.

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.

NYC Rad Ref Meeting 2/11

NYC Radical Reference library workers will meet on Friday, February 11 at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge at 75 St. Marks Place between 1st & 2nd Avenues.

The meeting will begin at 8pm. Collaborators from the Grassroots Media Conference, the Independent Media Center, Interactivist, and whoever all else wants to show up are encouraged to join us at 9.

Fair use and digital environmentalism

I really like the term digital environmentalism! Check this article out. It discusses some of the ideas put forth in our recent copyright discussion.

Righting Copyright: Fair Use and "Digital Environmentalism" by Robert S. Boynton, Bookforum (February/March 2005)

Boynton is director of New York University's magazine journalism program.

"Eyes on the Prize" - a public showing (Boston)

Boston Radical Reference and Boston IMC present:

"Eyes on the Prize Part I: Awakenings 1954-1956," a public showing

On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 8th, as part of Eyes on the Screen people nationwide will celebrate the struggle and triumph of the civil rights movement with a screening of "Eyes on the Prize Part I: Awakenings 1954-1956." Copyright restrictions have kept it from the public for the past 10 years.

Radref in the news

Below are the lastest media coverage of RR, one favorable and one unfavorable and delusional -- but it comes from David Horowitz, and so not unsurprising in its disconnect from reality! Keep up the good work folks!! And print some flyers out and drop them off at your favorite local coffee shop, activist organization, IMC, UFPJ or ANSWER office, etc.

  • "Intersect: SLA and Government" by Michele McGinnis, p. 10-11. "The librarians at Radical Reference, steeped in the knowledge of alternative, progressive and radical information sources, are providing a necessary service to activist communities -- and ultimately to a freer, more just society. This is the tip of the iceberg."
  • "A Capitol Hatefest" By Ben Johnson., January 20, 2005. I refuse to actually link to that tripe and add to his hit counts, but feel free to go there and search for yourself. Below is the section where we're mentioned. I had to laugh that vegetarian/organic farming is seen as conspiratorial, anti-American!! I can hear June Cleaver saying, "eat your meat, Beaver. You don't want to be under suspicion as a commie pinko, do you?!" LOL!

    "The Peace Resource Project represents the overtly conspiratorial spectrum of DAWN’s membership. PRP sells bumper stickers bearing such messages as, “9/11=Inside Job,

J20 report from the street

A Radical Reference member called in and said the cops blocked the street at the Black Bloc march. Things were heating up so she and some others headed into a CVS by the NARA. A bit later when they tried to leave people were running by outside the store and CVS wouldn't let anyone else into the store "unless they look like republicans." Sounded a little haggard. She was concerned another Radical Reference member was caught up in the chaos since she couldn't reach her by cell phone.

NYC Radical Reference meets with NYC IMC

On January 10th, 2005 members of the New York wing of Radical Reference met at the offices of the NYC Indypendent Media Center to discuss how RadRef can help these independent journalists gather and refine information.

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