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Thursday, November 30, 2000

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  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks On the Disenfranchised

    Tomorrow, in a crucial hearing for the disputed presidential race, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments from Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush’s lawyers, who want hand recounts invalidated in Florida. Meanwhile, Democrat Al Gore’s lawyers will argue that not only should the hand recounts be valid, but also include the tally of thousands of "dimpled" ballots that were not punched all the way through.

  • Jesse Jackson Calls for the Release of Leonard Peltier and Lori Berenson

    The last weeks of President Clinton’s presidency are crucial to the people who may qualify for executive relief. Native American activist Leonard Peltier’s executive clemency petition sits on Clinton’s desk, as activists rally around his case with the understanding that this may be the last chance for freedom for Peltier for many years. He has already served 24 years in prison in Kansas, accused of the murder of two FBI agents. He has always professed his innocence.

  • On the One-Year Anniversary of the WTO Battle in Seattle, Mayor Calls for Media Blackout On Protests

    One year ago today, on November 30, 1999, 50,000 protesters shut down global trade talks in Seattle, in a historic event that became known as the Battle in Seattle. In an unprecedented move, activists prevented delegates from attending the World Trade Organization’s talks by forming a human chain around the Seattle convention center, and shutting down the city’s downtown.