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The Threat Of Compulsory Insurance
400px-Flag_of_the_Red_Cross.svg.pngThe precedent of compelling drivers to purchase private auto insurance is bad enough, but one can opt out. One doesn't have to drive, they say. The only way to opt out of compulsory health insurance, however, would be to die.
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06 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Media : Politics : Social Welfare
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
Peoples Victory in Picariello Case!
20050728-Free-Speech-Radio.jpgPeoples Victory in Picariello Case!

After two years of courtroom battle, a very significant peoples' victory was won in court today in the case against longtime anti-war activist Richard Picariello. Picariello was acquitted on all charges in the first of the two cases. And the defense motion was granted to dismiss the second case arising out of a protest at a 2004 Bush fundraiser in Boston because of prosecution failure to provide required discovery information.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
When Freedom of Expression Becomes a Weapon
freedomofexpression.gifMost of us are now well aware of the caricatures of the prophet Mohammad, solicited by and published last September in the right-wing Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. This week several publications resurrected those controversial images of Mohammad as a bomb-turbaned terrorist and another where he refuses suicide bombers entry into Heaven as “We’ve run out of Virgins.” Then our news sources informed us that due solely to these images “outrage sweeps across the Muslim world.” Such coverage has elicited miles of text and a Babel of blather denouncing those who would dare threaten OUR freedom of speech because it offends THEIR “backward” beliefs.
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06 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Review / Media
Rosa Parks Human Rights Day March
DSCN1391.jpgOver 500 people participated in the "Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War" march that began on Dudley Street in Jamaica Plain and went all the way to City Hall in Boston flanked by two rows of police on bikes and motorcycles. The march had an impressive concurrence from the black community and was well received by people who waved, hand-gestured for peace, and honked their cars on the streets. The highlight of the day was when marchers reached Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and exchanged calls of solidarity with dozens of students hanging from windows, shouting "Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks!" but were not allowed to join the crowd. Inspirational speakers for the day included Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, Felix Arroyo, Rev. Franklin Hobbs, Minister Rodney Muhammad, and local activists.

On Oct. 26, the Boston City Council passed a 13-0 resolution in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' defiance to segregation in the US, and encouraged businesses and schools to close for the day of December 1st. Activists in New York, Baltimore and Detroit also organized events and hope to get a similar resolution passed in their cities.
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03 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Willy Wonka and the Racism Factory
wonka.jpgThe most recent film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is shaping up to be one of the highest grossing summer blockbusters of 2005. This is the third re-incarnation of Roald Dahl's controversial story over the past four decades. As such, it is instructive, to examine it's transformation in relation to issues of racism and colonialism.
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29 Aug 2005 | Filed under: Review / Media : Race
Somerville Theater pulls contract on the Reagan Babies' Jesus Christ Terrorist
collagerb22portfolio.jpgThe Somerville Theatre has just informed us-- the Reagan Babies, a local band/performance group (www.reaganbabies.com)-- that our scheduled October 29th event, the final performance of "Jesus Christ Terrorist," a rock opera, has been cancelled despite a contract that was signed over three months ago and thousands of pre-production dollars spent. Theatre representative, Sherri Belski, claims that her decision to pull the contract was a result of the theater's insurance carrier refusing to cover the event. However, upon further discussion with Ms. Belski it has become clear that there was more to it and that, in fact, it is likely that the political content of the performance is at question.
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17 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Media
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Hits the Northeast
rock_girlsonstge2.jpgAn offshoot of the original Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls that recently sprung up on the west coast, the Willie Mae Rock Camp was organized by feminist musicians and offered workshops on such topics as anti-oppression, instrument instruction, and self-defense.

Feminist musicians had been organizing for about a year to bring the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls to New York City. It took place August 8th through the 12th near Central Park. The camp was open to all self-identified girls ages 8 through 18, and drew around 80 kids from around the city by working through local Girls Clubs and schools, offering a sliding-scale tuition. To hear interviews with the girls and others, listen to the posted .mp3.
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17 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Gender : Media : Organizing
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