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Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
laFiesta.jpgFair Trade activists came together Monday night to raise funds for trade justice around the world in style. The model in the photo is wearing a scarf, hat and bag that were produced by workers paid fair wages in safe conditions and produced in a way that is more respectful of the environment. Photo by Christopher Brown.

Over 150 local activists celebrated trade justice in style and raised over $1,000 at the Fair Trade Fiesta at All Asia Café last Monday night. The fundraiser was hosted by the Boston Fair Trade Coalition in cooperation with Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC), Oxfam America, It’s Only Fair, Dean’s Beans, and other local organizations.
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19 Oct 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Apocalypse Soon
apocalypse copy.jpgTwo big stories a couple of weeks ago demonstrate great threats approaching Massachusetts and the planet that will challenge progressives' ability to build a successful social movement while keeping our civilization intact. Humanity ignores these warning signs at our collective peril.
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28 Aug 2005 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment
Bikes not Bombs looking for a new home
BNB.jpgJAMAICA PLAIN.—Keeping the enormous steel thicket of bicycles, at 59 Amory St. organized and manageable is a tall enough task for Bikes Not Bombs' (BNB) industrious volunteers, yet founder Carl Kurz and his bike mechanic cadres now face an even bigger challenge. Moving.

The organization has been a tenant-at-will for over two years. Only a few other possibilities for a home have presented themselves since then, none were perfectly matched. Without a lease, members of the group worry that the building may be sold or the owners may decide to renovate.

“We’re part of the fabric of JP that people love,” said Kurz, “if we move too far out we won’t be able to attract the same numbers of people and the same support, so it’s a tough problem.”
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26 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Organizing : Social Welfare
Green building gets green light in Jackson Square
usgbclogo300.jpgJamaica Plain’s non-profit neighborhood development corporations are slowly turning green, and the Jackson Square development may become their most environmentally sustainable project yet.

Partners for Jackson (PfJ), a partnership among Urban Edge, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the Hyde Square Task Force, recently received a grant for $100,000 from the Green Building Production Network (GBPN) to study the feasibility of various green features for the development as well as an $100,000 interest-free loan to offset the up-front costs of the design process. PfJ was among four projects selected out of 10 applicants in the Greater Boston Area.
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26 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment
Non-Violent Activists Protest Mountain Top Removal, Meet With Police Brutality
blockade.jpgFor the last few months a national mobilization called Mountain Justice Summer has been underway in Southern Appalachia to raise awareness about the devestating effects mountain top removal mining and put an end to this devestating practice. Boston Indymedia received a report this morning that MJS activists were set to undertake the first ever mountain occupation to protest and take direct action against mountain top removal.

Here is how it went
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15 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Politics
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Will Spread Factory Farming and Threaten Wildlife in Central America
pigs6.jpgAUDIO: A coalition of 102 animal rights groups around the U.S. has formed to call attention to the cruelty that the Central American Free Trade Agreement is expected to inflict upon farmed and wild animals in Central America. National non-profits such as In Defense of Animals, Farm Sanctuary, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Wetlands Preserve are among the groups in the coaliton.

CAFTA was ratified by an extremely narrow margin in the U.S. House of Representatives during the wee hours of Thursday morning, July 28th. Pattrice Jones of the Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary and Adam Weissman of Wetlands Preserve talk about what this agreement means for animals' lives.
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31 Jul 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International
Proposed Lab Feels the Heat: July Update on the Grassroots Campaign against B.U.'s Biolab
bsl401.jpgAUDIO: A coalition of local grassroots groups recently held a rally in the South End against the BioSafety Level 4 lab that Boston University is trying to build there. Only a handful of such high-risk labs exist in the U.S. Locals say the lab would be cruel to animals as well as an act of environmental racism.
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18 Jul 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Race : Social Welfare
Anti-Corporate Campaigners Call on TIAA-CREF to Dump Wal-Mart and Coke Stock as Unethical Investments
TIAA-CREF picket 1.JPGOn Monday, July 11, 2005, a dozen people gathered for half-an-hour starting at noon outside TIAA-CREF’s offices in Boston’s financial district. They were protesting and passing out informational fliers as part of the lead up to next week’s TIAA-CREF annual shareholders meeting, where members of the Make TIAA-CREF Ethical Coalition will press TIAA-CREF, one of the country’s largest pension funds, to divest from Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and other corporations that do not do business ethically. Wal-Mart is well known for its exploitive labor practices, while Coke is guilty of a number of socially irresponsible practices, ranging from marketing junk food to children in the US to complicity with death squads in Colombia.
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11 Jul 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : International : Labor : Social Welfare
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