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The revolution delayed: 10 years of Hugo Chávez’s rule
Nidiosniamonichavez-2.JPGThis month (February 2009) marks the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s coming to power in Venezuela, and ten years of the “Bolivarian revolution”. This process has included waves of state intervention in the economy and fervent rhetoric against US imperialism. But while some on the left see this Chavista movement as the new “socialism for the 21st century”, a more radical critique has argued that it is actually more like an old-fashioned attempt at modernisation by a technocratic élite (including an ex-situationist as second-in-command of the ministry of information and propaganda); that increased bureaucratic power over capital is not inherently progressive; and that the “revolution” in Venezuela allows for very little working-class control or initiative from below.

* A translation of a March 2008 interview conducted by the French anarchist Charles Reeve with two members of the El Libertario group www.nodo50.org/ellibertario in Caracas, the nation’s capital, which offers some stark insights into the reality of the situation.
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22 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Interview / International : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Cambridge City Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose Surveillance Cameras
surveillance.PNGBOSTON -- In the first move of this kind in the state--and perhaps the nation--Cambridge City Council voted 9-0 on February 2, 2009, to oppose the installation in the city of eight surveillance cameras. The cameras were intended to form part of a network funded with a $4.6 million Department of Homeland Security grant linking Cambridge and eight other Greater Boston communities.

The Council took this action after two sessions during which Councilors sought to learn more about a secretive grant process that was four to six years in the making. They also heard testimony from dozens of Cambridge residents who feared the cameras could violate their First Amendment and privacy rights.
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05 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Technology
Justice for Jason: Raise your voice against racism in our state!
JasonVassellPhoto.jpgOn February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime. He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race
Defend the Hyde Square 7!
On October 21, 2008 seven Jamaica Plain anti-war and social justice activists were confronted by police while standing in conversation on a public sidewalk off Centre Street. When they asserted their right to assemble in public and asked for reasons why the police demanded to see their identification, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The group, who has been called the Hyde Square Seven, has fought the charges. Over the course of three hearings at West Roxbury District Court, all motions to dismiss the charges have been denied, and the Hyde Square Seven will stand trial on Wednesday, January 28 at West Roxbury District Court.
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27 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
An Interfaith Declaration for Peace
GCV035.pngOn Tuesday, January 13, around 300 members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered in the Boston Commons for a silent vigil calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. Boston-area religious leaders from all Abrahamic religions have jointly written a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The statement is posted in full below.

RELATED: Jewish Activists Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles
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Lockdown at Israeli Consulate in San Francisco
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/15/18563368.php
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15 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : War and Militarism
Funeral Procession in Boston Joins National Protests Against Israel's Incursion in Gaza
BWP1100722.pngBoston, Mass.--Around 400 people with home-made coffins marched in downtown Boston in a silent funeral procession to join protests around the world against Israel's military aggression in Gaza. Thousands marched in major cities in Europe, Arab countries, and the United States to express their outrage for the killings of so far 821 Palestinians, including 235 children, and close to 3700 wounded (50% of them women and children). Thirteen Israelis have died in the offensive, ten of them soldiers.

“Palestinian people must be some of the most extraordinary human beings in the world to continue to survive and raise families and talk about peace under the conditions they are living in,” said Catherine Hoffman from the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project. “People who see Israel as the victim here, can see the power, absolute power that Israel wields in Palestine, not just now in terms of the killing, but everyday in terms of the occupation.”

RELATED: Watch video of the funeral procession, by Michael Borkson:
http://openmediaboston.org/node/498
Cambridge City Council Adopts Gaza Resolution
http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/breaking-news-cambridge-city-counc
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Bostonians Arrested Demanding End to US-Funded Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
DSC_7161.pngBOSTON – A diverse group of 30 Palestinian-Americans, Jewish Americans and supporters dramatized the US funded Israeli war crimes in Gaza with a "die-in" at the Israeli Consulate at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, MA. Demonstrators carried poster-sized images of the recent carnage in Gaza and read some of the names of the over 700 Palestinian dead as a result of US-funded Israeli aggression. Susan Barney, Rick Colbath-Hess, Ridgely Fuller, and Patrick Keaney, were arrested when they refused to leave the lobby of the consulate building, until Israel agreed to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and to end its 18-month blockade on Gaza, which has prevented Palestinians from having food, medicine and electricity.

RELATED: "The people of Gaza are not alone!" Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto [audio report]
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17138
Protesters Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Montreal
http://www.tadamon.ca/post/2565
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08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Hundreds in Mass kick off campaign for passage of Employee Free Choice Act
IMG_3835.JPGOn International Human Rights Day hundreds of community and labor leaders gathered to make the link between workers' rights and human rights. The Massachusetts campaign for Employee Free Choice Act will tie broad economic recovery to passage of landmark labor legislation.
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11 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
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