Halloween Mass

Last night Melissa, her boyfriend, and I rode in the Halloween Critical Mass. We handed out a few flyers, but just as important as getting the word out, we were part of the community we're trying to support.

Indy Media server seizure

Some of you may be following this story, but for those of you who don't know, on Oct 7, two Indymedia servers hosted by Rackspace in the UK went down. The servers host the sites of more then 20 local collectives, radio streams for several radio stations, BLAG (a GNU/Linux distribution) as well as miscellaneous other projects. It turned out that the FBI had seized them, but the circumstances surrounding this blatent free speech threat are still foggy. For more, see "IMC: FBI and other legalbreaking news" including IMC press releases, list of affected sites, etc. Don't forget to sign the solidarity statement.

RR Elections information

HEY YOU! Check out our new page on elections information just in time for the election. Radical Reference will be on the street and providing elections support at this site from 7am to 10pm EST. Got a question? Send in the form or IM us at Radreference!

Million Worker March Update (10/17; 1:00 PM)

Our only Radical Reference volunteer at the Million Worker March reports a low turnout. It's possible the busses are having a difficult time getting into the city.

Derrida dies at 74: 2 obituaries

Derrida, French Father of Deconstructionism, Dies at 74

Published: October 9, 2004

Filed at 1:30 p.m. ET

PARIS (Reuters) - French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the founder of the school of deconstructionism, has died of cancer at the age of 74, France Info radio said on Saturday.

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.

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