Monday, June 17, 2002

  • On the Thirtieth Anniversary of Watergate, One of the Greatest Whistleblowers in US History Recalls

    30 years ago today, on the morning of June 17th, 1972, Washington police answered a call at the Watergate office complex and found five men burglarizing the office of the Democratic National Committee. The burglars had been hired by staff members of the committee to re-elect the President (known as Creep). That was President Richard Nixon. That day was the beginning of the Watergate scandal. Two years later, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace.

  • Bolivia: Proposed Constitutional Reforms Spark a Nationwide March for "Popular Sovereignty, Territory and Natural Resources"

    Thousands of Bolivians are marching toward the capital to protest a series of neo-liberal reforms proposed by the government. The indigenous and campesino marchers have been walking for nearly a month, beginning in the Amazon basin and snaking their way hundreds of miles up to the capital, La Paz. They are men and women, children and grandparents. They are demanding the government abandon the constitutional reforms they say will increase inequality and threaten their livelihoods.

  • Poet and Activist June Jordan Dies

    She was one of the most important American poets of the late 20th century. She was a powerful essayist. She was a teacher, community leader, and political activist. June Jordan died this weekend at her home in San Francisco. She had been battling breast cancer for nearly a decade.

  • After the Brutal Murder of Maria Teresa Macias By Her Husband, Her Groundbreaking Case Challenges Law Enforcement’s Right to Ignore Domestic Violence with Impunity

    For months, 36-year-old Maria Teresa Macias begged sheriff’s deputies in the rural town of Sonoma, California for protection from her estranged husband, Avelino Macias. He had been stalking, threatening, and beating Teresa Macias for years. For years, she had taken out restraining orders against him. She had made more than 20 calls to the county sheriff reporting his violence and sexual assaults. But Avelino Macias was never cited or arrested.