What’s wrong with trade agreements?

Opponents of TPP (and other trade agreements) Six things to know about the TPP from Public Citizen Eyes on Trade Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t by Dave Johnson Campaign for America’s Future Despite What Media Says, TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — It’s About Protecting Corporate Profits by Zaid Jilani in The … Continue reading »

Advancement Project “Right to Vote”

When leaders from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) put it all on the line in the fight for voting rights, they did not imagine that in 2016 we would still be fighting the same fight all over again. In a dramatic new Advancement Project video, SNCC leaders join contemporary racial justice voices to discuss … Continue reading »

Witness Palestine Film Festival 2016

Download PDF flyer here.  The fifth annual Witness Palestine Film Festival starts in one month, on September 15, 2016. This may be our most interesting one yet. But you need to be the judge. Please consider attending the seven different programs, each presented once between September 15 and October 21. Two programs are free. As … Continue reading »

Being an Ally with #BlackLivesMatter

Many of us were at the #BlackLivesMatter rally on July 8th. The Band of Rebels will continue to support the 74 people arrested in to join in further events organized by the #BlackLivesMatter coalition. Rochester Contacts Enough is Enough Rochester   Enough is Enough Facebook BLACK Facebook   BLACK website (coming soon) Be a Co-conspirator: (from Advancement … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 19, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Opioid Programs – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Motion to Concur in the House Amendments to the Senate Amendments to the Bill Senate: Opioid Programs – Agreeing to the Conference Report Senate: Fiscal … Continue reading »

Mega Vote, July 14, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: “Sanctuary Cities” – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Senate: Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Cloture on the … Continue reading »

Black Lives Matter Rally

Shut this Shit Down Black Lives Matter Rally Facebook Event Link Friday, July 8, 2016 4:00 pm Liberty Pole 1 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, New York 14604 IF BLACK LIVES MATTER TO YOU…..THEN BE HERE!!!

Mega Vote June 28, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of … Continue reading »

Paul Ryan’s Health Care Plan 2016

  Link to Paul Ryan’s plan on his U.S. House of Representatives website. “Paul Ryan’s Promised Obamacare Replacement Plan Shockingly Turns Out Not to Exist Again” New York Magazine, Daily Intelligencer, June 16, 2016 “GOP health insurance plan would make workers pay tax on benefits” USA Today, June 22, 2016 “Paul Ryan’s ‘Better Way’ points … Continue reading »

Mega Vote June 21, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill House: IRS and Free Speech – Passage House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage Upcoming Congressional Bills Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations House: … Continue reading »

Band of Rebels Signs

We have a number of old signs from the days we met on the street every Monday at noon. Anyone who wants to have some or all of these signs to use, reuse, or repurpose, just let us know by email. Any signs not claimed by September, will be thrown away.

Celebration of the Retirement of Matt Fusco and Denise Young

  Workers United Union Hall, Rochester, NY June 16, 2016 I have the task of introducing our other honoree Denise Young.  I was told  to keep my remarks short; a most difficult assignment when describing her incredible contributions to the movements for social and economic justice.  Although the leaflet announcing this event said “no speeches,” it appears that was … Continue reading »

Mega Vote June 14, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Domestic Issues Money Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on Additional Defense Money Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Bill House: Ozone Standards – Passage House: Puerto Rico … Continue reading »

Orin Hatch attacks Social Security Works

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, just singled out Social Security Works for our “unreasonableness on Social Security.” He’s right. We won’t stand quietly by while Senate Republicans attempt to cut our earned Social Security benefits. Support Social Security Works!

Mega Vote May 31, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Congressional Disapproval of Labor Department Rule on the Term “Fiduciary” – Passage Senate: Congressional Disapproval of Agriculture Department Rule on Catfish – Passage Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Cloture on the Motion to Proceed House: Zika Vector Control – Passage House: … Continue reading »

Mega Vote May 23, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing … Continue reading »

Mega Vote May 16, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage House: Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage House: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse … Continue reading »

Mega Vote May 2, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Army Corps of Engineers Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Reconsideration of Cloture to the Substitute Amendment House: Private Market Investors – Passage House: Block Fiduciary … Continue reading »

Doug Noble Speaks Out Against Proposed Military Academy in RCSD

Doug Noble’s Speech to the RCSD School Board April 28, 2016 As someone with a Ph.D. in education who’s written extensively about the military in public education, when I first heard of the proposed military academy, I went and reviewed a century of research on the merits, costs, and overall educational value of such schools. After all, if someone were proposing a new school based on, say, expeditionary learning … Continue reading »

Remarks of Bruce Popper, Fight for $15 Rally, April 14, 2016

Fight for $15 Rally Washington Square Park Rochester, New York April 14, 2016 Remarks of Bruce Popper Vice-president, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East An opportunity has been missed.  An opportunity has been missed to reduce suffering in one of  the nation’s greatest concentrations of poverty, the City of Rochester, New York.  An opportunity has been missed to … Continue reading »

Mega Vote April 18, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District: Recent Congressional Votes Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Substitute Amendment House: Financial Stability Oversight Council Overhaul – Passage House: More Banks Operating Under the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy – Passage House: Broadband Internet Access Regulation – Passage Upcoming Congressional Bills … Continue reading »