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Civil Rights: The Second Wave, Bostonians Call for a Humane Immigration Policy
immigration2.jpgImagine trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States in the blistering heat of the summer, a trip that many people don’t survive, and running into an enormous wall that stretches as far as you can see in both directions for miles upon miles. Imagine suddenly becoming a felon, not because you committed a felony, but because the government changed the laws. Imagine getting arrested and spending three years in a federal prison for giving food and clothing to an immigrant. Imagine getting deported. Imagine facing even more racial profiling and harassment from police than you already do because 11 million “criminals” are running loose with the same skin color as you. This will be a reality if Congress passes “The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005,” also known as H.R. 4437. As Malena Mayorga, a community organizer for the local immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente, put it: “We’re not going to sit back and be obedient slaves.”
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Race
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.

[Photo by Jonathan]
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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
Danny Glover, Sen. John Edwards Rally with Hotel Activists for Workers' Rights
dannyglover.jpgBoston area hotel workers came out strong at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear Senator John Edwards, actor/activist Danny Glover and other union leaders speak on workers’ rights last Saturday. The speakers were part of the “Hotel Workers Rising,” one of several nation-wide events to support increased benefits for hotel workers, part of the nation’s fastest growing labor industry.

Photography by Alexis Winter
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
Health Care Amendment Campaign Gaining Momentum; Supporters Plan Action for May 10th Constitutional Convention
health2.jpgBOSTON, MA - February 10, 2006 - Representatives from 30 labor and community groups have joined 50 other organizations committed to support passage of the Health Care Amendment that would guarantee every Massachusetts resident access to affordable coverage for medically necessary health and mental health care services. The amendment will be on the agenda of the Constitutional Convention slated to meet again on May 10th.
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13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Rep. Delahunt co-sponsors "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
hcare_bus.gifRep. William Delahunt is the seventh member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to co-sponsor HR 676, the "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform written by Rep. John Conyers.

"Skyrocketing costs, deteriorating quality of care, loss of insurance coverage and access to essential services is affecting everyone's health care," said Congressman Delahunt. "Common sense solutions like extending Medicare to cover everyone can save money while improving quality and access to health care for all. That's why I've decided to co-sponsor HR 676."
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19 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Fast for Justice: Providence Janitors Struggle for Union Power
janitors-small.jpgMonday: Over forty union supporters protested in front of the "Turk's Head" downtown office building as five strong-willed people went into their fifth day of fasting today. The fasters, camped out in front of the fancy bank offices since Thursday, are members of SEIU local 615 and their supporters. They want the owner of the Turk's Head building, millionaire landlord Lloyd Granoff, to hire a union cleaning contractor.
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01 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
IUE-CWA Local 201 members ratify agreement with GE
Lynn, MA – Union members ratified a new agreement that will upgrade nearly 300 jobs and help bring new work to Lynn’s River Works. It also creates new opportunities for workers in GE’s Assembly and Test departments to upgrade their skills and improve their pay. The agreement was approved by a 79 percent majority vote at meetings held on October 25 and 26.
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