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On January 6, 2007 18-year-old Amber Abreu went to the hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts after trying to terminate a pregnancy by taking a drug, misoprostol, which is an ulcer medication as well as a key component of the abortion pill RU-486. Amber was between 23 and 25 weeks pregnant. The result was a miscarriage. The doctors rushed the 1-1/4 pound expelled fetus to the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, where it remained alive for four days. The police, meanwhile, went after Amber using an archaic law dating back to the 1840s to charge her with “procuring a miscarriage.” Cops dragged Abreu into court in shackles and then held her in the state’s maximum security prison at Framingham for three nights until friends and relatives could come up with $15,000 bail. The young woman, a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic, faces up to seven years in jail on this outrageous charge.
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25 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Bolivian Anarchism and Indigenous Resistance: Interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
III_Cumbre__final_.jpgThe South American nation of Bolivia has filled the headlines of the global press with their fight against water privatization, struggle for nationalization of gas, non-compliance with free trade policies, and the election of South America’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales. These struggles are rooted in the long history of indigenous resistance to colonialism and imperialism in Bolivia. In an interview conducted during her recent stay in Pittsburgh, subaltern theorist, Aymara sociologist, and historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui discussed Bolivian Anarchism, the health benefits of the Coca plant, and the Cocaleros' (Coca Growers') fight for sovereignty.

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13 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Interview / Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Providence Protesters Urge 'Justice'
JA0827_Protest_17_08-27-07_S16T3JU.jpgNORTH PROVIDENCE — Clenched fists raised, close to 200 protesters yesterday denounced the North Providence police and demanded "justice" for a protester seriously injured two weeks ago while demonstrating at an Asian restaurant on Mineral Spring Avenue.
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29 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Media
Unions challenge effort to muzzle Verizon employees from speaking out about sale of northern New England landlines
Verizon managers issued a memo on June 18 warning all employees in New England that, “…employees should not make public statements which speculate about either the operations of northern New England before or after the FairPoint transaction, or the success or future performance of FairPoint.”
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21 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Media : Politics : Technology
Gonzales Protest - 1 (small).JPGCambridge, Mass. – Alberto Gonzales was confronted by student protesters and forced to leave through a back door on Saturday during a visit to Harvard Law School for his 25th reunion. After two weeks clinging to save his job and defending allegations that he fired eight U.S. Attorneys for political reasons, what might have been a relaxed day of reminiscing with old classmates became instead yet another reminder that both his job and his reputation are in serious jeopardy.
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30 Apr 2007 Modified: 10:27:17 AM | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
What It Means to be a Patriot on Patriots Day with Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman
zinn.jpgOn Patriots Day, in historic Fanuiel Hall in Boston, Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman addressed a packed house about government, media, war, and protest. It was also a fundraiser for Democracy Now, and a promotion event for Howard Zinn's new book "A Power Governments Cannot Supress."

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17 Apr 2007 | Filed under: News / Media
Boston Area Residents Rally Against Proposal to Build Diesel Power Plant in Chelsea
Pplant.jpgArea residents are preparing to rally against Chelsea Energy LLC, an affiliate of Cape Wind, which has proposed the construction of a 250-megawatt diesel burning peak power plant along the Chelsea Creek, in the heart of a densely populated area adjacent to Chelsea's Burke Elementary School Complex. This prospect has united local residents, city council officials, and state representatives from area communities to fight the energy giant.

The proposed construction of a power plant only hundreds of feet from an elementary school in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has outraged the entire region.
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09 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Media : Organizing : Social Welfare
Boston Progressive Radio Silenced
Free-Speech-Radio-701762.jpgBoston's only progressive talk radio stations have been shut down and listeners are organizing to bring them back. Boston's only progressive talk radio stations, known as "Boston's Progressive Talk" at AM 1200 WKOX and 1430 WXKS, were abruptly terminated on Thursday, Dec. 21st to the dismay of loyal listeners. The stations now feature a Spanish language format.

Among those who had been featured on the stations were shows hosted by Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow and Bobby Kennedy Jr. of Air America as well as Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz from the Jones Radio Network.
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28 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Media
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