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Making Technology Relevant to Nonprofit and Social Change Groups
OClogo.jpgOn June 17, 2006 the Boston based Organizer's Collaborative (OC) held their 7th annual Grassroots use of Technology Conference (http://organizerscollaborative.org) at UMass Boston's bayside campus. The Organizer's Collaborative is an organization of over 500 individual members and member orgs that are working together to advance the use of technology for social change. OC believes that all non-profits and community groups, regardless of size or income, should have access to up-to-date technology that enhances their ability to carry out their mission.
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19 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Organizing : Technology
May Day 2006: El Gran Paro Americano
crowd2.jpgMay Day will mark a historical national opportunity for immigrant and labor groups to make their voices heard while pending immigration legislation in Congress. The Great American Boycott of 2006 or a “day without immigrants” is a nationwide general strike and economic boycott to protest the anti-immigrant sentiments and actions across the country. The NOHR4437 national coalition, which has its stronguest roots in Los Angeles, California, is calling for full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S.
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26 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
Modified Ribbons Distributed Across Boston in Remembrance of Lives Lost in Iraq
ribbons2.jpgOn Monday, March 20, 8 people rode their bikes all over Boston distributing modified "Support Your Troops" ribbons. Over 200 ribbons had been collected over the last two years. The ribbons were spray-painted black with the message "100,000 Dead" accompanied by a peace sign inscribed in white. "We wanted to show that for some people, life isn’t just 'business as usual': our Iraqi sisters and brothers are being killed everyday. The ribbon is also a popular symbol of comodified patriotism: we wanted to transform that into a somber reminder of the consequences of such blind national allegiance," said Alia, one of the distributors.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Anti-Recruitment Demonstrations Mark Third Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
counterrecruitment1.jpgOn Monday morning, March 20, at around 11:00am, 10 protesters gathered outside the Northeastern University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) office on Huntington Avenue to protest the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. "We wanted to make sure nobody forgets that both Iraqi civilians and American soldiers are dying everyday," said one protester. The protesters used colorful chalk to transform the sidewalk into a collage of messages such as "100,000 Dead for what?", "Military recruiters out of our schools," "Death zone," and "Recruiting the poor to die for the rich." Protesters also drew chalk body outlines to represent the dead, both Iraqi and American.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Conley of Boston IMC Presents on Alive In Baghdad
Aliveinbaghdad-AnAverageDayInBaghdad297.jpgOn February 27, Brian Conley, a documentary filmmaker with the Alive In Baghdad project, spoke at an assembly of the Cambridge School of Weston, a small private high school in Weston, MA. The presentation included video footage that was filmed while Conley was in Iraq and Jordan in October and November of 2005, as well as a question and answer session afterwards. Students and teachers were curious about Conley’s experience as well as his opinions about the current situation in Iraq. He plans to return to Iraq to continue the documentary in the coming months.
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28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education
BU President Brown Confronted at His Home About Proposed Biolab
flier.jpgA dozen Boston University (BU) students and other concerned citizens gathered outside of BU President Robert Brown's $4.5 million house in Brookline protesting the proposed BU Biolab in Roxbury / South End. The Biolab, which has recently gained federal approval for construction, could break ground as soon as this month, against the community's wishes.
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09 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Out of School and Into the Military
image001.jpg“All my life I’ve liked the military,” said Adrian Paez, a Colombian immigrant and a senior at East Boston High School. At 17 years old, Adrian has not doubts about joining the US armed forces. “When I think of the army, I don’t think about dying,” he said, “I think of everything I can do, everything I can learn, everything I can be.”

Adrian fled Colombia with his family to escape rural violence and economic adversity in an increasingly militarized society. A year after arriving to the United States, he became a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Core (JROTC) at East Boston High where he has been learning the basics of military training for the past three years. His real name is not being used in this story to protect him from getting deported.
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28 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Politics
Winter Soldier: A film for our time
wintersoldier_final_lowres2.gifAfter an absence of decades, this Vietnam-era documentary film is back in circulation, and its lessons should serve to shake every one of us out of any illusions about what war means. Graphic testimony from veterans, plus thought-provoking commentary about what makes such inhuman crimes possible.

I followed with outraged attention the Abu Ghraib prisoner scandal, and watched angrily as the American military ravaged entire cities such as Fallujah and Ramadi. And then came intermittent reports of full-scale torture of even more horrific dimensions in the dungeons of the client security agencies to which the US government ships some of its detainees. That’s why I decided to attend a showing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston of a Vietnam-era documentary called Winter Soldier.
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22 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Politics
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