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Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Pro-gun advocates line up to fire "the shot heard 'round New York" at the Black Lake Fish and Game Association in Morristown, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

2nd Amendment advocates fire their weapons in protest

This past weekend marked the one-year anniversary of New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act.

On Saturday, opponents of the law held rallies they called "the shot heard 'round New York," where they fired a symbolic gunshot in protest of the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan Photos:  Jimm Collin and St. Lawrence University
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan Photos: Jimm Collin and St. Lawrence University

One anti-Iraq War protestor says she didn't do enough

Over the last decade, one of the most prominent anti-war protesters and peace-and-justice activists in the North Country has been Martha Swan.

Swan, who lives in Westport, heads an organization called "John Brown Lives."

She sat down this week to talk about the ten-year anniversary of the Iraq War with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathonreed/"> Jonathon Reed</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: Jonathon Reed CC some rights reserved

Mohawks plan march on international bridge

A group of Mohawks is planning to march on the bridge to Canada near Massena, NY, and shut down traffic Saturday. The demonstration is a part of an indigenous rights movement that's spread across Canada.  Go to full article
Students on strike in Montreal. Photo: Yanik Crépeau
Students on strike in Montreal. Photo: Yanik Crépeau

Montreal tense after months of student unrest

Austerity measures in Europe have sparked protests and political chaos. But belt tightening has also sparked unrest closer to home. In the province of Quebec, a plan to hike university tuitions has led to weeks of violent rallies, civil disobedience, and clashes with police.

As North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the US Consulate in Montreal has issued a security warning to American travelers in the city.  Go to full article
Demonstrators delivered loaves of bread to Cuomo's offices at the Capitol that they say represent the harvest from farmers across upstate New York who are opposed to fracking. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Demonstrators delivered loaves of bread to Cuomo's offices at the Capitol that they say represent the harvest from farmers across upstate New York who are opposed to fracking. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Protestors to Albany: "No fracking way!"

Hundreds of anti-hydrofracking protesters were at the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details on the protests.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany protestors a "sustained presence"

The Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Albany plan a rally supporting the state's "millionaire tax," as some organizers lash out at Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Media reports say Cuomo wanted state police to enforce a curfew that would have driven the demonstrators out of the park Friday. But Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, a fellow Democrat, instead allowed demonstrators to stay. There was no comment from Cuomo or Jennings yesterday.

The protesters are camped out across the street from the State Capitol. Yesterday they told Karen DeWitt they have no intention of leaving anytime soon.  Go to full article
Protester being arrested at state Capitol, as around 150 demonstrated, blocked entrances to building and escalators with banners.
Protester being arrested at state Capitol, as around 150 demonstrated, blocked entrances to building and escalators with banners.

17 arrested at Albany budget cut protest

17 people were arrested at a noisy demonstration at the State Capitol yesterday, as groups that work with poor, sick and homeless protested against Governor Cuomo's $10 billion dollars in budget cuts.  Go to full article
John Baxter Black died in Saranac Lake, after contracting TB during the war
John Baxter Black died in Saranac Lake, after contracting TB during the war

World War One, fading from memory, left permanent mark on Saranac Lake

On this Memorial Day weekend, an exhibit in Saranac Lake is remembering local soldiers who fought in World War I. For many of the young men from the North Country, the war in Europe was their first taste of the outside world. While the first World War has faded from living memory, there are still plenty of people whose fathers and uncles fought in the trenches of France. Brian Mann talked with curator Amy Catania, with Historic Saranac Lake, and with Kitty Peightal, who contributed her father's uniform and other artifacts for the exhibit.  Go to full article
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan (Photo:  Jimm Collin)
Veteran peace activist Martha Swan (Photo: Jimm Collin)

Adirondack Group Considers War, Impeachment

Over the last six years, President George Bush has drawn his most loyal support from voters and activists in rural America. A poll taken earlier this month by Ithaca-based Zogby International found that Bush's popularity in small towns has declined, thanks to the war in Iraq, the Dubai ports deal, and Hurricane Katrina.
But half of rural Americans still say Bush is going a good job. That's about a third higher than the rest of the country. On Saturday, a group of 50 activists met at the old courthouse in Elizabethtown. They hope to build a grassroots campaign aimed at changing Bush's image here in the North Country. As Brian Mann reports, they see the local effort as part of a national movement to impeach the President.  Go to full article
Peace activist Martha Swan
Peace activist Martha Swan

North Country Protesters Reject War In Iraq

Peace protesters gathered over the weekend at the site of an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Willsboro. The gathering was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Tony Award-winning actor George Hearn, who lives in Essex, opened the rally by singing America the Beautiful. Protestors were harshly critical of the Bush Administration, but they offered prayers and words of support for soldiers serving overseas. Organizer Martha Swan, who heads a group called John Brown Lives, spoke with Brian Mann about the rally.  Go to full article

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