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WSF Global Day of Action: People Mobilize Locally and Globally for a Better World
wsf-797525.jpgBoston, Mass.—Hundreds of thousands around the world will join forces tomorrow, January 26, 2008, for a historical celebration of social movements and social justice as they take action locally on the Global Day of Action called forth during the World Social Forum ( People all over the world will hold talks, demonstrations, concerts, vigils, and many other creative ways of resistance to clamor “another world is possible.”

In the Greater Boston area, the Global Day of Action launched last weekend with a Winter Soldier event organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War and their supporters, followed today by an immigration rally organized by the Boston May Day Coalition, and a People’s Music Winter Gathering tonight that seeks “to promote progressive ideas and transform ourselves and our communities through music to bring about a better world.” Other activities include an event to challenge the Free Trade Agreement in Colombia, two demonstrations in support of Palestinians, and a talk about human rights in Haiti.
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25 Jan 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Revive King’s Tradition of Solidarity and Struggle: March Against Racism on Dr. King's Birthday Holiday
MLK.jpgIf the true legacy, the leadership and the courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is to have any real meaning for today as we approach the 40th anniversary of his martyrdom next April 4, then the King birthday holiday on January 21, 2008 must be more than an exercise in platitudes and official declarations from the White House, the State House or City Hall.

There is a time for celebrations and there’s a time for fighting. Now is a time that we need to fight. And fight like hell. On this King Holiday we must organize and march against the forces of racism, reaction and war, not just the war abroad but the war raging here at home. To know what’s happening, is to know that nothing is more important than jump starting a multi-racial movement against racism.

LISTEN to King's speech against militarism:
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21 Jan 2008 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Bolivian Anarchism and Indigenous Resistance: Interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
III_Cumbre__final_.jpgThe South American nation of Bolivia has filled the headlines of the global press with their fight against water privatization, struggle for nationalization of gas, non-compliance with free trade policies, and the election of South America’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales. These struggles are rooted in the long history of indigenous resistance to colonialism and imperialism in Bolivia. In an interview conducted during her recent stay in Pittsburgh, subaltern theorist, Aymara sociologist, and historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui discussed Bolivian Anarchism, the health benefits of the Coca plant, and the Cocaleros' (Coca Growers') fight for sovereignty.

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13 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Interview / Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Vandana Shiva: Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed
FPimageNew.gifEnvironmental activist and scholar, Vandana Shiva, spoke in Boston about her most recent book "Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed." Invited by the Center for New Words and South End Press, she talked about globalization, WTO policies, food sovereignty and the rights of people to protect ecological diversity and land, as well as positive examples on how to foster environmental social change.

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16 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
“There is No Apolitical Moment” – An interview with Majority Rules director Michael Burns
MajorityRules1.jpgMichael Burns’ films are challenging. Not challenging in the respect that they’re difficult to decipher, but in that they challenge the audience to take a stand and to face serious defects in our political system. They’re not optimistic films. There’s no room for optimism when one honestly assesses the evidence in world affairs today. To present any other picture would be deeply dishonest. But there’s a critical difference between optimism and hope. Burns’ films are hopeful in that they propose that if we frankly confront the extent of the problems we face (be they America’s unfortunate two-party dominance, the White House’s pre-emptive war policy, or the systematic dismantling of any recognizable notion of democracy) then we have a chance to correct them. Without this first critical step, the kernel of hope that’s buried inside our major collective crises won’t be accessible.
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02 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Interview / Education
Gonzales Protest - 1 (small).JPGCambridge, Mass. – Alberto Gonzales was confronted by student protesters and forced to leave through a back door on Saturday during a visit to Harvard Law School for his 25th reunion. After two weeks clinging to save his job and defending allegations that he fired eight U.S. Attorneys for political reasons, what might have been a relaxed day of reminiscing with old classmates became instead yet another reminder that both his job and his reputation are in serious jeopardy.
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30 Apr 2007 Modified: 11:27:17 AM | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
History Recalls and Nothing Changes
HR Post Card jan2007.jpgFrom January to February Northeastern University hosted History Recalls, an exhibit addressing the effects of conflict and war through an international collaboration of artists. Currently the exhibit features the work of four artists who focus their diverse experiences on Lebanon and Iran. Artist and organizer Naveed Nour wants to create a venue to bring together the multiple perspectives about conflict. The exhibit has just finished its run in Boston, and the collaborative effort plans to include more artists while traveling to Australia, as well as other points.
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06 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
Zionists Vs Truth -The Wheels of Justice Battle for Andover
WoJ021.jpgLast night was one of the most contentions events I’ve ever done. Whoever thought that a simple talk in the library of Andover High School in a small suburb of Massachusetts would make so many headlines.
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10 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International
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