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Boston Rallies for Rosa Parks Human Rights Day
rosa.jpgA coalition of groups working for social and economic justice came together in Roxbury yesterday to celebrate Rosa Parks Human Rights Day. Although the event failed to attract the many hundreds of participants present at last year’s rally and march, the resilient spirit of those present did not fail to garner support from bystanders in our city’s streets.

The first day of December marked the 51st anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks after refusing to give her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, which amounted to a direct defiance to segregation laws in the south and created a national movement to counter such racist policies.
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02 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing
Testimony of a Detained Oaxaqueño
294599271_8192df9e41.jpgTestimony of a detained Oaxaqueño
November 9th, 2006
Planton de Santo Domingo, Ciudad de Oaxaca

Can you tell me about your detention?

On November 2nd, the PFP (Federal Police) carried out an operative to do away with the barricade Cinco Señores, protecting the University. That day, I was running an errand for my father. The disturbances were visible from afar. When I finished the errand, I came closer to the barricade to see what was happening. Suddenly, then, the PFP came and, without a word, without an arrest warrant, and without witnesses, they detained me very violently.

[BIMC Editors Note: In spite of the music and interference that could be tuned until 6:00 pm on 1400 AM, Radio Universidad was handed over from 4:00 pm on to the vice-president of Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, after negotiations. Until 6:45 pm, there were no news about detentions except that it was reported that the radio security and the “people who had occupied the radio in behalf of APPO” were under custody of the president of the UABJO--Chiapas Indymedia. A megamarcha has been called for Dec. 1st]
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30 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Organizing
AETA: Congress Strikes a New Blow to Freedom of Speech
temp.jpgOn its first day back in session, the House of Representatives yesterday voted in support of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The AETA is a law that could be used criminalize some of the most important forms of nonviolent animal protection advocacy: civil disobedience, whistle-blowing, and undercover investigations. Over 160 groups registered their opposition to the new law, among them are The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), New York City Bar Association, and The National Lawyer's Guild. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also issued a statement strongly urging opposition to the bill, but later issued another statement pledging they would not oppose the legislation but urged congress to change much of the language of the bill.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics
Radical Queer Folks Bring Alternative Message to Marriage Equality Debate on Beacon Hill
DSC00724.jpgOn Thursday, November 9th, Massachusetts’s citizens gathered on Beacon Hill in front of the State House to voice their opinions on same-sex marriage. On one side of the street assembled a large and lively demonstration in favor of equal marriage rights. On the other side, in front of the Boston Common was a smaller counter demonstration. Also attending the protest were a handful of local activists presenting a decidedly more radical queer side to the debate.
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13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing
Human Rights Violations in Oaxaca
seis.jpgOaxaca is living a brutal government represión of the social movement, where there are disappearances, torture, detentions, killings, and many injured. Given the situation, it is difficult to know exactly how many people have been affected, but there is no doubt that there are severe violations of human rights. According to one list, compiled by local activists, from June 14th through November 5th, there were 145 detained, 34 of who have been freed, 17 dead, and 33 seriously injured, including 5 journalists injured and one killed. Some sources speak of 65 disappeared. There are numerous people who have also received death threats.

Below is an interview with one of the members of a collective working to defend human rights and documenting cases of violations.
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10 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Fair Trade Farmers Speak in Boston
silvia_arevalo.jpgCambridge, Mass. – Sponsored by Farm Aid, Oke USA, and the Student Labor Action Movement, four representatives of fair trade family-owned farming spoke last Thursday at Harvard University about their experiences as part of the People Before Profit: A Week of Action for Global Justice in Boston. Rich Bonanno from Methuen, Mass., Shirley Sherrod from Georgia, Tadesse Meskela, from Ethiopia, and Silvia Arevalo, from Ecuador, were invited to discuss the benefits reaped from and challenges still faced by small farmers all over the world.
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29 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : International : Labor : Organizing
Lynne Stewart's Victory: Remains Free on Bail
lynne_stewart.jpgAfter fearing an indictment that could have landed her in jail for life, Lynne Steward claimed victory today as the judge handed a veridict of 28 months in prison for "extraordinarily severe criminal conduct" for distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client. She remains free on bail upon the appeal of her case.

Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights attorney known for her outspoken political views and representation of controversial clients. Last year, Lynne was convicted of providing material support to a terrorist organization for representing a client accused of terrorism.
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17 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Brookline High School Students Repudiate Columbus Day
DSC00023.jpgBrookline, Mass – The Tribal Community Alliance, a student organization at Brookline High School that works on raising awareness about indigenous rights, brought friends and supporters together to protest the Columbus Day holiday. Standing on Coolidge Corner with banners that read “Stop Celebrating Genocide” and “Support Indigenous People Day”, the protesters confronted what they say is a wrong account of history.
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10 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing
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