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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
Low-Income Tenents Fight Harvard's Expansion
housing.jpgHarvard is eyeing Lower Allston for campus expansion, threatening to relocate low-income tenents and allegedly build a biolab which would vivisect animals for medical research. A rally on December 14th confronted Harvard's plans.

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19 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Congressman McGovern Commits to Work with Activists to Repeal AETA
2451.jpgOn November 29th protesters rallied outside of Representative James McGovern’s in protest of The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which was signed into law on November 27th. Under the new law, animal rights activists face massive fines and jail time for being involved in nonviolent civil disobedience. In light of increased marginalization and repression of eco-activists by federal officials, all individuals concerned with loss of our civil liberties to need to ban together in protest of the AETA and act in solidarity with victims of the Greenscare.
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05 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights
AETA: Congress Strikes a New Blow to Freedom of Speech
temp.jpgOn its first day back in session, the House of Representatives yesterday voted in support of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The AETA is a law that could be used criminalize some of the most important forms of nonviolent animal protection advocacy: civil disobedience, whistle-blowing, and undercover investigations. Over 160 groups registered their opposition to the new law, among them are The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), New York City Bar Association, and The National Lawyer's Guild. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also issued a statement strongly urging opposition to the bill, but later issued another statement pledging they would not oppose the legislation but urged congress to change much of the language of the bill.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics
Giant Images Targeting BioTerror Lab Projected on Buildings in Downtown Boston
DSC00209.jpgOn Monday night, October 30th, members of The Stop the Biolab Coalition used "Light Cannons" to project giant images onto buildings in the downtown Boston area. They utilized this creative technology to expose the true costs of Boston University’s proposed BioSafety Lab Level 4 (BSL4).

The 50 plus foot high photos and messages expressed concerns about the deadly germs, such as Ebola and Anthrax, that will be brought into Boston’s communities for use at the BSL4 in the Roxbury/South End area.
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31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Fair Trade Farmers Speak in Boston
silvia_arevalo.jpgCambridge, Mass. – Sponsored by Farm Aid, Oke USA, and the Student Labor Action Movement, four representatives of fair trade family-owned farming spoke last Thursday at Harvard University about their experiences as part of the People Before Profit: A Week of Action for Global Justice in Boston. Rich Bonanno from Methuen, Mass., Shirley Sherrod from Georgia, Tadesse Meskela, from Ethiopia, and Silvia Arevalo, from Ecuador, were invited to discuss the benefits reaped from and challenges still faced by small farmers all over the world.
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29 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : International : Labor : Organizing
Little Resolved at BU Biolab Hearing
00047.jpgThe latest hearing yesterday for the controversial Boston University bioterrorism lab had lawyers for both sides haggling like vendors in a market bazaar. Much of the debate focused on the timing of future hearings and judicial review.

With construction already begun and an additional $35 million in federal funds scheduled to be released to BU in September, Judge Patti B. Saris worried that she would not have enough time to make an informed ruling before the issue was moot. "How do you expect me to rule by then?" she said. "I'm not an ATM machine."
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27 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Social Welfare
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