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The Threat Of Compulsory Insurance
400px-Flag_of_the_Red_Cross.svg.pngThe precedent of compelling drivers to purchase private auto insurance is bad enough, but one can opt out. One doesn't have to drive, they say. The only way to opt out of compulsory health insurance, however, would be to die.
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06 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Media : Politics : Social Welfare
Concerned citizens "die" at BU biolab site
die-in3.jpgA crowd of people gathered outside the site of BU's proposed biolab late Tuesday afternoon and fell down "dead," faces streaked with fake blood. "We wanted to show the public what an outbreak might look like," said Derek Garcia, a Boston-area resident. The street theater, which was staged by anti-biolab protestors, was intended to draw attention to the dangers of placing a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facility in the middle of a densely-populated urban area. Participants included members of the direct action campaign Operation: Over, people from the Coalition to Stop the Bioterrorism Lab, and members of the Green-Rainbow Party.
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05 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
Cambridge's LISE Problem
lise.jpgTrue to form, for their new Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) Harvard University has spared no expense. Award-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo was hired to design the building with, according to the Harvard Gazette's Steve Bradt, "an unusual pearlescent façade that changes subtly with the day's lighting... sculpted pedestals... and an underground section designed to receive natural light." (1)

Local residents may live next door to a powder keg, but there's no doubt that keg will look fabulous.


BioLab Was Just the Beginning
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13 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
Prospective BU Students Informed of Biolab During Campus Tours
boycott1.jpgSeven Boston University (BU) campus tours were interrupted today by members of Operation: Over to inform the prospective students about BU’s proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) lab in Roxbury. These interruptions were intended to promote the boycott of BU that Operation: Over has called.

The boycott is calling for high school students who are considering attending BU to reconsider, on the grounds that their tuition money will go towards funding the proposed BSL-4 lab, which will be built in a densely populated, low-income community of color against its wishes.
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23 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Race
BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction
cause5.jpgLast Wednesday, February 15th, students from the BU School of Theology tied themselves to a civil rights memorial on campus in protest of the construction of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 laboratory that would test deady diseases on animals and put nearby residents at risk. Calling the lab an act of environmental racism, some students flyered and spoke to crowds passing by.

[Listen to the posted .mp3 radio piece for the whole story.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Anti-Biolab Protesters Visit BU President Brown’s Home for a Second Time
browndemo2.jpgRoughly 30 concerned citizens chanted slogans and wielded signs and banners in front of BU President Robert Brown’s house late Monday night, for the second time in one week, to protest BU’s proposed Biolab in the Roxbury / South End area which could break ground as early as this month. Activism against the Biolab, which will likely be performing illegal research on deadly pathogens such as tularemia and Ebola, has been on the rise since it recently gained Federal approval to be built against the community’s wishes.
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14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
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
Racism, Classism, and the BU BioLab
biolab forum 003.jpgOver 30 members of BU student community and Boston area turned out for a panel discussion of the BU Bio lab on Tuesday night. The joint Federal and University funded level 4 Lab is on track to be built in the South End starting this spring so that viruses and lethal bacteria such as Ebola, anthrax, hemorrhagic fever and other “unknowns” can be researched in sometimes classified experiments. The incalcuable risks, enormous costs and unanswer community concerns has citizens and activist groups vowing to shut the City promoted project down.
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26 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
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