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The Greening of the Peace Movement
girl_with_sign_closeup.JPGIn a searing article in Harper's Magazine in September 2004, Naomi Klein laid out a theory of the Iraq War that shreds even today's conventional wisdom about the motivations for our invasion. Her theory was that the neocons saw Iraq as a potential test tube for their ideological utopia, and pursued a strategy of shock therapy, where the devastation of war would force Iraqis to rebuild their nation from scratch. Out of desperation (not to mention shock and awe), they would be receptive to U.S. economic policy unimaginable in any other country. The common refrain that Bush did not have a postwar plan is inaccurate. According to Klein, the neocons' plan started to backfire once the companies they were counting on to privatize the country hesitated to jump on board, and not for the reason you think. Yes, the security situation wasn't perfect. But more importantly, companies decided to wait for the creation of an Iraqi government because international law prohibited the United States as an occupying force from running the show.
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08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Politics : War and Militarism
"Don't put death on Boston's tab; we don't want your Biolab!"
150602581-M.jpgThe Supreme Judicial Court is not due to hear the matter of Boston’s University Biolab (a seven floor Laboratory for National Emerging Infectious Disease already in construction in the Roxbury/South End neighborhoods) but the opponents to the project are not taking a break from letting their representatives know that putting the city at risk is simply not an option.
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08 May 2007 Modified: 09 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment
BioJustice 2007 Responds to Biotechnology Industry
biojustice-beehive-LR.gifBOSTON -- A major public gathering on biotechnology is coming to Boston in early May, but this one won't be attended by representatives of biotechnology firms. BioJustice is a week-long series of teach-ins, workshops, protests, marches, and celebrations being organized as a counterpart to the Biotechnology Industry Organization's International (BIO) international convention. Organizers of BioJustice criticize the biotechnology industry's activities in agriculture, medicine, and bioweaponry, and say that better alternatives are available.

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02 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment
Rally Against Global Warming Photos
PICT0187.JPGSeveral hundred people rallied 4-14-07 on Boston Common, to protest against global warming. It was sponsored by Step It Up 2007, an environmental group. There were info tables, speakers, and inspired music. Here are some photos.
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16 Apr 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment
Chelsea and Low Income Communities Fight Power Plant, Against Environmental Injustice
02.jpgIn an astounding display of solidarity, community members from Roxbury, Dorchester, Chelsea, East Boston and their local government officials gathered at Chelsea High School last week to speak out against plans to build a diesel power plant in Chelsea. Standing before the Energy Facilities Siting Board, a board known for historically approving every siting permit request presented before them, people bitterly complained about Energy Management Inc.’s (EMI) railroading strategy to build the diesel plant a mere 250 yards from Chelsea’s only elementary school.
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06 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment
Boston Activists Die-In To Protest Merrill Lynch's Funding of Dirty Energy
398114728_66f303c0dc.jpgOn Wednesday Feb. 21, local Boston environmental and human rights advocates in collaboration with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staged a dramatic "die-in" in from of the Merrill Lynch office downtown at One Financial Center.

Activists fell to the ground crying black tears and spitting up pollution sludge, while "medics" dressed in hazmat suits and masks attempted to save their lives. Other demonstrators, also in hazmat suits, were barred from entering the building as they attempted to deliver a letter demanding Merrill Lynch's Boston branch help stop the bank's financing of TXU's dirty energy plan.
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22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
BioJustice 2007: Organizing Gets Underway
On Saturday, January 20th, around thirty people gathered to plan a week of activities in protest of an upcoming meeting of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). In May, BIO will convene in downtown Boston; organizers anticipate a large, energetic counter-convergence involving many factions of the movement against biotechnology.
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22 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Technology
Boston Area Residents Rally Against Proposal to Build Diesel Power Plant in Chelsea
Pplant.jpgArea residents are preparing to rally against Chelsea Energy LLC, an affiliate of Cape Wind, which has proposed the construction of a 250-megawatt diesel burning peak power plant along the Chelsea Creek, in the heart of a densely populated area adjacent to Chelsea's Burke Elementary School Complex. This prospect has united local residents, city council officials, and state representatives from area communities to fight the energy giant.

The proposed construction of a power plant only hundreds of feet from an elementary school in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has outraged the entire region.
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09 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Media : Organizing : Social Welfare
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