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JP Forum: Keeping JP Business Independent
Local_businesses.gifJamaica Plain is one of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhoods, thanks in part to the unique variety of independent businesses. Yet main streets in other communities are losing their uniqueness to national chains and mega-retailers. What can JP do to preserve our strong locally-owned business community?

The Jamaica Plain Forum, JP's new community-based lecture series, presents Stacy Mitchell, author of "Big Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight of America's Independent Businesses". Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm. Free
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21 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Globalization : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Immigrants March to Stop the Raids, Full Legalization Now
IMG_0101.JPGBoston, Mass--It was 4:30 a.m. when they came banging on her door, waking her and everyone else in the house. She went to see what was going on. “Get down!” called out one of her housemates in a loud whisper, “La migra! Get on the floor!” She could barely see the men face down on the carpet but saw the shadows on the window and a bright flashlight that began scanning inside her living room. She ran back to her 4-year-old and locked herself up in the bedroom. She grabbed her child who immediately started whimpering sensing his mother’s panic. “Don’t cry, don’t make a sound. There are policemen outside who want to take us, take me away. We can’t let them hear us. Don’t say a word.” The child understood. Immigration officers had been raiding homes for days in his neighborhood, going after someone with an expired visa and arresting everyone within it without proper documentation. Mothers talked about it in corner stores, in laundry mats, at the playground.
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02 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Race
Sembrando Esperanza [Sowing Hope]
5b9fre2.jpgLa lucha por la tierra es antigua. Frente a la extrema concentración de poder y la comercialización de la vida, luchar por la democratización de la tierra, las semillas, y el agua es imprescindible. Esta es la postura del Movimiento de Trabajadores Rurales Sin Tierra (MST), Brazil. El MST busca organizar, concientizar, y movilizar a través de comisiones de campesinos, desde la base de comunidades rurales hasta el nivel nacional.

[The land struggle is an old one. Faced by an extreme concentration of power and the commercialization of life, the struggle for the democratization of land, seeds, and water, is indispensable. That is the posture of the Movement of Rural Workers Without Land (MST) in Brasil. The MST hopes to organize, build consciousness, and mobilize people through campesino committees, from a rural communities base and at the national level.]
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10 Apr 2007 Modified: 03:47:14 PM | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Briefing Note for North American Migrants Rights Activists on Recent African Migration Experiences, European Union Repression, and European-African Activist Responses
african_immigrants.jpgThere is a striking similarity between North America and Europe experiences in the recent upsurge in unauthorized migration from the South, the militarization of borders, anti-immigrant legislation, criminalization of undocumented migrants, government raids, and expulsions. This note is meant to inform the North American migrants’ rights movement of recent events in Europe and Africa as part of a wider effort to promote international unity in the struggle for migrants’ rights.
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20 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
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
Testimony of a Detained Oaxaqueño
294599271_8192df9e41.jpgTestimony of a detained Oaxaqueño
November 9th, 2006
Planton de Santo Domingo, Ciudad de Oaxaca

Can you tell me about your detention?

On November 2nd, the PFP (Federal Police) carried out an operative to do away with the barricade Cinco Señores, protecting the University. That day, I was running an errand for my father. The disturbances were visible from afar. When I finished the errand, I came closer to the barricade to see what was happening. Suddenly, then, the PFP came and, without a word, without an arrest warrant, and without witnesses, they detained me very violently.

[BIMC Editors Note: In spite of the music and interference that could be tuned until 6:00 pm on 1400 AM, Radio Universidad was handed over from 4:00 pm on to the vice-president of Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, after negotiations. Until 6:45 pm, there were no news about detentions except that it was reported that the radio security and the “people who had occupied the radio in behalf of APPO” were under custody of the president of the UABJO--Chiapas Indymedia. A megamarcha has been called for Dec. 1st]
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30 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Organizing
Talk by WTO Director Disrupted: Activists and Audience Members Forcibly Dragged Out
DSC_0038.jpgOn Wednesday, November 1, the JFK Forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government hosted Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization. The subject of the lecture was posed as a question: "Is the WTO Accountable?"

Shortly after the address began, three Boston activists took turns standing up and loudly disrupting the event. Each wore a bright red headband inscribed with the words, “NO WTO.” They read, in part, statements charging the WTO with putting profits before people and destroying the lives, ecosystems, and communities of people around the world. All three were quickly and forcibly dragged from the building, while still delivering their indictments, by Harvard security and Cambridge police.
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06 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization
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
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