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The Mortgage Crisis in the USA
drooker4.gifCommentators complain of "partisanship" in Washington. Society's problems are said to result from infighting between parties. We should celebrate, then, because Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a plan to end the mortgage crisis. What solution do they offer? Handouts to Big Business, and "fiscal discipline" for the rest.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution
3andywarholredlenin.jpgThe Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism. How did this happen and when did this happen? What does this tell us about the nature of socialism?

How did the Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism? The Russian revolution of 1917 involved vast numbers of people. It included almost all the working class of the cities, most of the peasants, and the mostly-peasant ranks of the military (swollen by the needs of World War I). The working people created delegated representational councils (soviets), along with factory committees, unions, regimental councils, peasant village councils, and cooperatives.
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12 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Addressing Violence in Prison
Prison02.sized.jpgUsually when I talk about prisons I begin with a whole bunch of numbers and statistics. 2.4 million people in prison, 1 million Black people in prison, 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 18 and 34 are in prison. Women of Color are the fastest growing population in prison. 25% of people in women’s prisons are raped during their sentence, 20% of people in men’s prisons are raped during their time. Nearly 100% of out queer and transgender people in men’s prisons experience some form of sexual assault. The numbers and statistics go on and on. I have pages and pages of them if you want. When we talk about systems of oppression it is often so much easier to talk about numbers rather than people. Whether we’re talking about the millions killed in war, the high percent of people losing their homes, or the rate at which people are losing access to food and water sources, we continuously use numbers to hide faces.

[Reposted Sermon from The Community Church of Boston at www.communitychurchofboston.org]
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11 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Race
SDS Takes Over Evergreen State College with Style
sds_today300.jpgIt has been twelve days since the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) took over the fourth floor of an administration building in Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, Washington, to protest the unilateral decision of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Art Costantino, of taking away their student group status. The sit-in was originally organized “to draw attention to the diminishing rights of students at TESC and to regain SDS’ status as a student organization” but it quickly evolved into a mobilization of wits against the establishment. Since the takeover, students have organized political concerts, speeches, and radical workshops that range from queer theory to direct action and economic alternatives to neoliberalism. They have also re-named the building where they're staging the sit-in, the People's University.
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02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Education : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race
Popular High School Teacher Obain Attouoman Deported by Federal Government
obain.jpgBOSTON/Fenway - Obain Attouoman, a popular math teacher at Fenway High School, was deported yesterday to his native country of Ivory Coast. Details are sketchy. Parents were alerted to the teacher's deportation through an automated phone call that was transmitted to all student's homes.

LISTEN: David Goodman's radio report on Free Speech News Radio: http://www.fsrn.org/content/teacher-deported/2226

[Reposted from Open Media, a new online alternative news group: www.openmediaboston.org]
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27 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Education
10,000 Strong Boston - A Call to Action
logo-cutout.gifIt is time to stand up, take responsibility and be accountable. Who Cares? We do. We doin' good in the hood. Are you tired of the drugs, guns, violence, crime, broken families, lack of guidance and direction. Are you in need of service? Will you serve? Do you need support? Will you support? Together we are 10,000 strong. If one can make a difference, what will 10,000 strong do? Think of it as a mini Million Man March for Boston.

A Rally...A Gathering... A Call to Action: Sunday June 22, 2008, Franklin Park.
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22 May 2008 Modified: 09:16:08 AM | Filed under: Announcement / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media
The Long March from Cinco de Mayo to Cinco de Pentagon
17PROTEST_MEXICO,0.jpgThose of us old enough to remember might recall those halcyon days when celebrating Cinco de Mayo meant many things: closing off a street in what was then known as a “barrio”, listening to sometimes inspired and sometimes less-than-inspired music of long-sideburned Santana wannabees from the local garage bands and eating food infused with the love of the local. And we sort of listened to the bandana’d radical Chicana organizer urging us to become part of the global liberation struggle commemorated on May 5th, when badly-equipped, but inspired Mexican guerrillas defeated the forces of Napoleon III’s French Empire in the 19th century.
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07 May 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Globalization : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
BAAM's 8th Monthly Newsletter: Free!
baampg1.jpgBAAM’s 8th monthly newsletter – April
Welcome to the 8th issue of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian’s Monthly Newsletter.

This month’s issue:
“Activists Shut Down Bank for Fossil Fools Day”
“JPRRN Remembers the New Bedford Raids”
“The Scope on Iraq”
“Increased Profits, More Repression: Plan Mexico and Nafta”
“Report back from New Orleans”
“Some Thoughts on the Movement”
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15 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Education
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