Tracking Hurricane Irene - some useful links and maps

James Jacobs over at Free Government Information just posted on this.
And this only-useful-if-you-live-in-New-York-City-map is pretty informative.
Also, this nice list of mobile apps and such-
And, listen to live online stream 24x7 from first responders + FEMA Daily Updates HERE

QUESTION: Corporate revenues from federal government

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Are there statistics available to show how much revenue each of the Fortune 500 (or the Standard & Poor's 500) companies received from the federal government in a given year? For example, how much of IBM's revenue came from the federal government in 2010? And so on.... I think it would be possible to collect this information from publicly-traded companies, and I would like to know if someone has already collected this kind of information, and if so, where to find this information.

QUESTION: how many states have legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people?

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Maryland recently rejected a bill that would have prohibited discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, and credit, but not public accommodations, such as public restrooms. How many states actually *have* legislation that prohibits discrimination (even if it's not comprehensive) against transgender people?

QUESTION: How to find New York City activist groups focused on strengthening U.S. workers' right to organize, and advocating increased taxes for the rich

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I'm looking for New York City area or New Jersey activist groups focused on strengthening U.S. workers' rights, and advocating increased taxes for the rich. I'm looking for groups I can actually participate in. So far I've found plenty of organizations looking for money donations that they can spend on lobbying, or urging you to call your congressman... but none that want anybody to actually gather and discuss issues or actually DO anything.

QUESTION: proportion of trangender, transsexual, intersex & gender-variant people impacted by prisons?

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How would I find the number or proportion of transgender, transsexual, intersex and/or gender-variant people in the United States to how many are estimated to be affected by policing and prisons?

QUESTION: Use and Effectiveness of Peoples' Charters and Manifestos

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I am looking for studies, including evaluations focused on the the use of written political mobilization tools, e.g. manifestos, peoples' charters, declarations, in achieving political change. Hope you can help. Thanks!

QUESTION: Which national banks are state-owned?

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I know that the majority of the world's national banks, such as the Federal Reserve in the U.S. and the Bank of England are privately owned central banks that borrow money from international banking corporations. But a few countries, like Libya and China, have banks that are wholly owned by the state, which prints its own national currency. Other than these two, are there any other countries that follow this model? Where do I start looking to find out what percentage of ownership a state has in its national bank?

QUESTION: Oppressions as social determinants of health

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Can anyone recommend good books/articles/essays that outline why queerphobia, transphobia, sexism & racism and/or unstable housing are social determinants of health?

I work for a non-profit health agency and this info would be useful to radicalize our programs.


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How can I find work with radical organizations in Boston? Anything from anti-police violence, anti-racism, affordable housing, queer liberation.... anything radical! I want to be in the fight for liberation and also be able to eat. Help a friend out.

"Peeling the Onion: A Workshop on Research," 7/31 in Brooklyn

This isn't a Rad Ref event, but I will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

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