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Local leaders hold a dialogue with elected officials on Welcoming MA initiative to reaffirm respect for immigrants
IMG_1675.jpgSomerville, MA. Community Organizations, local businesses and communities of faith held a dialogue with elected officials in Somerville as part of a week of action to promote the Welcoming MA campaign. This campaign is a statewide initiative to affirm Massachusetts as a Commonwealth that welcomes and respects the dignity of all people. There will be more than thirty actions and events happening all over the state in support of the Welcoming, MA Campaign. "This Campaign is really about saying we want to have a civil dialogue about issues that relate to our immigrant friends and neighbors, and not resort to name-calling and stereotyping," said Danny LeBlanc, CEO of the Somerville Community Corporation. "I believe that those of us born in the U.S. have at least that minimum obligation with respect to how we treat newcomers to our country," stated LeBlanc.
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20 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Last Day of Work at the Social Forum of the Americas
misgua_workshop.jpgGuatemala, October 11.- The Social Forum of the Americas is coming to an end. Today was the last day of workshops and events at the Universidad de San Carlos. The event will conclude on Sunday with a march and rally at the Plaza Central in the historical downtown area at noon. I started the day attending the "Globalization and migration: effects on indigenous peoples" organized by MIGUA, the Movement of Guatemalan Inmigrants in the U.S." Among the panelists were Elvira Arellano, Carlos Lopez from Casa del Migrante, Eliza Orozco, indigenous leader, and Eduardo Jimenez. They stressed the impact of migrations in the local communities and the need to correct through education a consumerist development in those receiving remittances from the U.S. For those who are left behind, believing that those who have left are successful materially, are left with a sense of worthlessness.
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15 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Faith Leaders Demand a Moratorium on ICE Raids at City Hall Rally
DSCN1049.JPGBOSTON/Government Center - A coalition of over 30 religious and community organizations held a rally Tuesday calling for an end to raids, mass arrests and deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants around the nation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. About 250 people participated in the event - which was coordinated by members of the Arlington Street Church Unitarian Universalist.

[REPOSTED from Open Media Boston:
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/351]
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03 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
For Labor Day: Boston-area workers finding new paths to rights and respect
fallriverpcas.jpgFour examples of how workers in the Boston area have found new paths to organization and the power of a voice at work. A recent study by the U-Mass Donahue Institute documents how the gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. It showed that only those earning the highest incomes benefited from gains in technology, productivity, and globalization, while working class earnings stagnated and incomes for poor families plunged 15 percent (www.donahue.umassp.edu/publications/index).
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29 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Day
svmarch8-23-07a.JPGBoston, MA--On Saturday, August 23rd, Boston remembered the 81st anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. This is the third rally organized by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society in Boston.

VIDEO (from saccoandvanzetti.org):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1npVlofXh4

LISTEN TO AUDIO (from Chuck):
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24 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Labor : Media : Organizing
Sacco and Vanzetti-The Case That Will Not Die, Nor Should It
i_sacco_dvd2.jpgDVD REVIEW of SACCO AND VANZETTI, a documentary film by PETER MILLER, 2006. Using documentary footage, reenactment and ‘talking head’ commentary by interested historians, including the well-known author of popular America histories Howard Zinn, the director Peter Miller and his associates bring this case alive for a new generation to examine.

RELATED: Sacco and Vanzetti Third Annual March and Rally: http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/205376/index.php
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17 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Verizon Settlement Provides New Union Jobs, Protects Health Care
A new tentative three-year contract settlement with Verizon achieves union employees' major goals of promoting union jobs and expanding bargaining rights, providing good health care for both active and retired workers, and increasing wages and pensions for 65,000 workers from Virginia to Maine, the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reported.
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17 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Telecom workers rally for good jobs and reliable services at Verizon
IMG_2885.jpgSeeking a fair contract, more than a thousand telephone workers from throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island marched on Verizon's New England headquarters to rally for good jobs and reliable services. The current agreement covering about 65,000 employees with Verizon East expires at midnight on August 2, 2008.

[UPDATE: The Communications Workers of America announced tonight that in light of progress that has been made in bargaining for a new contract with Verizon, it has agreed to "stop the clock" on the expiration of the current contract and postpone strike action while negotiations continue. The current contract will remain in effect.]
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02 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
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