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Operation LIPSTICK: A Case Study in Propaganda and Counter Insurgency
Late last month Open Media Boston posted an article titled Antiviolence Activists Join City Officials To Launch MBTA-Wide Ad Campaign. The campaign in question was for Operation LIPSTICK, aka Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, an organization that is attempting to reduce shootings in neighborhoods of color by convincing women to stop buying guns for felons (who are legally barred from owning firearms). LIPSTICK is an offshoot of a nonprofit group called Citizens for Safety, who describe themselves as "a community coalition working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youths without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans." The OMB article is essentially a puff piece. The author, Dave Goodman, expresses some skepticism about the efficacy of the MBTA ad campaign, but none about LIPSTICK or their mission, even claiming that "it’s extremely difficult to question the motivations behind the campaign."

Unfortunately, it's actually pretty easy. Even a cursory look at LIPSTICK's strategy and methods reveals a deeply problematic organization that is likely doing far more harm than good. To see why, read on.
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13 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Media : Police and Prisons : Race
Philippine Debt Repayments from Marcos Regime Overshadow Relief Monies to Assist with Typhoon Reconstruction
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29 Nov 2013 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Media : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Cradle of Liberty Issue #4 Out
We are proud to announce the release of Issue #4 of The Cradle of Liberty,
a Newsletter of Mass. Struggles. View it here: Print Version OR Web Version
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04 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Media
Improvements to the Boston Indymedia Web Site
September 28, 2013 - Boston Indymedia is happy to announce a number of bug fixes and usability improvements to our web site. While further work is ongoing, we feel the site will now be considerably more convenient to use for most visitors.

Read on for details of the work, and thanks for supporting Boston Indymedia!
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28 Sep 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Media
Cradle of Liberty Issue 3!
We are proud to announce the release of Issue #3 of The Cradle of Liberty,
a Newsletter of Mass. Struggles. View it here:
http://cradleoflibertynews.org/cradle-of-liberty-issue-3/
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05 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Media : Organizing
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety --An interview with educator, author and ex-con Shawn Griffith
griffith-book.jpgThis new book’s thoughtful analysis and chilling reflections on what author Shawn Griffith experienced while incarcerated is a remarkable illustration of why the US public must listen to the voices of current and former prisoners who have stories that only they can tell.
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24 May 2013 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights : Media : Politics
Cradle of Liberty News - Out Now!
We are thrilled to announce the release of a new publication: The Cradle of Liberty.

In this issue:
-Mass Nurses Vote to Strike
-Massachusetts Foreclosed Homeowner Raises Protest in D.C.
-Stop and Shop Signs Contract with Union Workers
-Chelsea Tenants Stand up to City Realty
-Nationwide Homes for All Campaign Launched
-Starbucks Workers Win Raise
-Interview With a Barista
-The BU Biolab, A Continuing History of at Risk Neighborhoods

Download the PDF here:
www.Cradleoflibertynews.org
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07 Apr 2013 | Filed under: News / Media
Call for Submissions – The Cradle of Liberty - A New Publication!
The Cradle of Liberty, a bi-monthly newspaper published by the Cradle of Liberty Collective, is looking for news articles, editorials, short essays, and event announcements relevant to the Massachusetts working class community. We ask that all articles for the first issue, to be released in April, be submitted by March 16th. Send them to: CradleofLibertyNews (at) gmail.com
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03 Mar 2013 | Filed under: News / Media
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