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Boston Participates in a Nationwide Mobilization for Immigrant and Labor Rights
trabajadores.jpgBoston--Spring 2006 will be remembered as the largest immigrant rights movement in the history of the United States. Hundreds of protests were planned nationwide on April 9 and 10, while in Boston the number of demonstrators doubled since last week as ten of thousands marched from the Commons to Copley Square.

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11 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Thousands March in Boston for Immigrant Rights
wearenotcriminals.jpgBoston, MA--Although march organizers expected numbers only in the hundreds, an estimated four to six thousand people came to the Boston Commons to rally in favor of immigrant rights. Inspired by huge crowds of people that rallied this past weekend in Los Angeles (estimated at 500 thousand to 1 million people) Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, and other cities across the United States, Bostonian immigrants came out in mass to take a stand against legislation like Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) bill HR 4437.
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28 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing
BC Students Stage Die-In On Iraq War Anniversary
DSCN0842.JPGChestnut Hill, MA—More than thirty Boston College students staged a die-in against the Iraq War on the campus green on March 20, 2006. March 19, 2006 was the third year anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq—a war that has cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $250 billion and claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians and 2,300 U.S. soldiers.
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22 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics
Modified Ribbons Distributed Across Boston in Remembrance of Lives Lost in Iraq
ribbons2.jpgOn Monday, March 20, 8 people rode their bikes all over Boston distributing modified "Support Your Troops" ribbons. Over 200 ribbons had been collected over the last two years. The ribbons were spray-painted black with the message "100,000 Dead" accompanied by a peace sign inscribed in white. "We wanted to show that for some people, life isn’t just 'business as usual': our Iraqi sisters and brothers are being killed everyday. The ribbon is also a popular symbol of comodified patriotism: we wanted to transform that into a somber reminder of the consequences of such blind national allegiance," said Alia, one of the distributors.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Anti-Recruitment Demonstrations Mark Third Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
counterrecruitment1.jpgOn Monday morning, March 20, at around 11:00am, 10 protesters gathered outside the Northeastern University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) office on Huntington Avenue to protest the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. "We wanted to make sure nobody forgets that both Iraqi civilians and American soldiers are dying everyday," said one protester. The protesters used colorful chalk to transform the sidewalk into a collage of messages such as "100,000 Dead for what?", "Military recruiters out of our schools," "Death zone," and "Recruiting the poor to die for the rich." Protesters also drew chalk body outlines to represent the dead, both Iraqi and American.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Torture Memo Judge Greeted by Protests at Harvard
bybee protesers.jpgCambridge, MA (9 March 2006) — Federal appellate judge Jay Bybee, who signed the infamous 2002 “torture memo,” was confronted by protesters at Harvard Law School today after speaking at a closed event.

In August 2002, Bybee, then a high-ranking Justice Department official, signed the now-infamous “torture memo” establishing a legal framework for interrogation policies in the “Global War on Terror.” The Bybee memo distorted international and U.S. law to give a green light for the kinds of torture and mistreatment documented in Abu Ghrayb, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
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12 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Rosa Parks coalition takes anti-war, anti-racist message to the streets
1_DSC03264a.jpgBoston-As the “Stop the violence, Stop the war at home and abroad” March 18 march and rally draws near, a broad spectrum of communities in the Greater Boston area are working vigorously to build this unique and historic event.

Initiated by the Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition, March 18 activities here will begin with a rally in Roxbury in the heart of Boston’s Black community followed by a march through various communities of color and move through the Downtown Crossing, the major shopping district of Boston, then on to the State House.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / International
Venezuela expands heating oil discounts in Northeast and beyond
HugoChavez1824.jpegOn Jan. 12 Maine State governor John Baldacci with representatives from the state’s heating oil assistance program and the Venezuelan government signed a contract with CITGO to provide eight million gallons of heating oil at a 40 percent discount to low-income residents.

A statewide heating assistance program in Massachusetts began Nov. 22 and a similar program in The Bronx started Dec. 6 and more than half-a-dozen more are imminent.
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17 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / International
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