Supporting Gay Teen Literature

October's issue of School Library Journal has an amazing article about gay teen literature (Supporting Gay Teen Literature). It's written by the author of Boy Meets Boy, a highly acclaimed young adult book that deals with queer issues.

Florida Gulf Coast U. Suppresses Public Sphere

If people cannot read and hear a variety of opinions and have free discussion they have less information on which to make decisions and exercise freedom to vote with full understanding of issues.
Florida's university system was dismantled by governor Jeb Bush who appointed new trustees at each campus. These trustees put loyalty to Bush above intellectual freedom. At Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft.Myers--southwest Florida)the cancellation of speaker Terry Tempest Williams,, who has criticized Bush/Cheney environmental policies is just the latest example.

Small Town Library Takes On The Feds

Someone the other day was asking me if libraries had actually been visited by the FBI, and how many. I don't know if he believed me that they had. Well, this one's for my friends who think I'm paranoid: Small Town Library Takes On The Feds

RR in this month's American Libraries

Well, they didn't mention anything about what radical reference is about, but at least we've been included in this month's

In Florida: Jeb Bush has taken no steps to correct departures from principles of fair and equal treatment

Vote Suppression in Florida.
Living in Florida has been a true lesson in the need to stay focused on fair elections. The vote suppression of 2000 continues today,October 2004. African-American voters were visited by state troopers in Orlando (scare tactics); Nader was put on the ballot thanks to the support of republican attorneys; ballots were mis-sent to over 30,000 overseas voters last week.

Patriot Act - The Sequel!


San Francisco - Last week, it was widely reported that House Republicans are circulating draft legislation that contains provisions from the never-introduced

Community Technology Collective Bullied Over Misreading of URL

Steal This v. Stealth Is: Community Technology Collective Bullied Over Misreading of URL

Interactivist, our trusty virtual hosts, are under pressure to give up their domain name. Read on.

Out of the stacks and into the street

Here's a good story about radical reference from the NYC Indypendent posted Sept. 22, 2004. It was reposted on Chuck's Infoshop News with a great picture of one of our radical reffies doing a reference interview on the subway!!

longer version of Emily Waltz's Indypendent story

This version of Emily's story is almost 500 words longer than the piece published in the Indypendent.

Arrests at GOP Convention are Criticized

File this under, "Well, duh!"

The Washington Post yesterday wrote a story about the problems with NYPD's tactics before and during the RNC. The best part of the story, and perhaps most important lesson, was the last sentence, a quote by Norman Siegal (Steven's bro?!), a civil liberties lawyer, who said, "We don't lose our rights overnight with a big bang; we lose them incrementally over time."

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