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Somerville 5 Jury Returns Mixed Verdict
Boston--After deliberating all day, jurors found Somerville Five defendants Calvin Belfon, Jr and Isaiah Anderson 'not guilty' of all felony charges but 'guilty' of several misdemeanors. Their lawyers immediately filed appeals on their behalf. A quiet tension greeted the jurors as they filed into the courtroom at 4:15 in the afternoon. Several of the jurors smiled. But the smiles were deceptive, and soon there were tears in the eyes of friends, family members, and supporters as the indictments and verdicts were read out and repeated back one by one, according to a precise ritual ordained by the Commonwealth.
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23 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Making Technology Relevant to Nonprofit and Social Change Groups
OClogo.jpgOn June 17, 2006 the Boston based Organizer's Collaborative (OC) held their 7th annual Grassroots use of Technology Conference (http://organizerscollaborative.org) at UMass Boston's bayside campus. The Organizer's Collaborative is an organization of over 500 individual members and member orgs that are working together to advance the use of technology for social change. OC believes that all non-profits and community groups, regardless of size or income, should have access to up-to-date technology that enhances their ability to carry out their mission.
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19 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Organizing : Technology
Roxbury Organizers Continue to Fight Biolab
biolab.jpgDespite the recent ground-breaking of Boston University's BioSafety Level 4 laboratory, Roxbury organizers are still trying to stop its construction. The lab, which would test deadly pathogens such as anthrax and ebola, purportedly using scores of animals in the process, would be located next to the Roxbury neighborhood, putting Roxbury residents at grave risk in the case of a leak.
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11 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
BU Accuses Bio-Lab Oppenents of Misinformation and Unwarranted Disruptions
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The following is a letter sent to my parents and carbon-copied to me by Joseph Mercurio, the Executive Vice President of Boston University, followed by my response. If you have any questions, please contact me. Feel free to publish my letter, and feel free to publish the letter that Mr. Mercurio sent to my parents--Micah Lee
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17 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
BU Represses Biolab Activists
andrw2.jpgOn Thursday, April 27, three individuals concerned with the threat posed to the Boston area by Boston University’s proposed Level 4 Biolab, funded by a $128 million grant from the National Institute of Health using Department of Homeland Security money, spoke out during the inaugural ceremony of BU’s tenth president, Robert Brown.
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16 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
01.jpgThe city of Los Angeles is trying to take the collective South Central Farm away from the community. The struggle to save the farm might have implications to urban gardeners and urban community farmers in Boston and across the nation.
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15 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
10 More Reasons to Boycott Harvard
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Besides Harvard economist destabilization of Russia, besides Harvard investment in war, slaughterhouses, earth destruction, besides Harvard's abuse of the community and exploitation of labor, Harvard is one of the world's most barbaric animal torturers.
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28 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
May Day 2006: El Gran Paro Americano
crowd2.jpgMay Day will mark a historical national opportunity for immigrant and labor groups to make their voices heard while pending immigration legislation in Congress. The Great American Boycott of 2006 or a “day without immigrants” is a nationwide general strike and economic boycott to protest the anti-immigrant sentiments and actions across the country. The NOHR4437 national coalition, which has its stronguest roots in Los Angeles, California, is calling for full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S.
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26 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
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