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At a Snail’s Pace: Building a Different Kind of Politics
male.gifOn January 24, the Snail’s Pace Collective visited Boston as part of their East Coast US tour, which includes at least fifteen cities in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee; to facilitate a workshop on the Zapatista movement.

The Snail’s Pace Collective is a small group of student activists brought together as a result of their experiences in Chiapas, Mexico. They all participated in a study abroad program offered by the Mexico Solidarity Network, which is a 14-week, inter-disciplinary program focusing on the context, strategy, and tactics of Mexican social movements. As part of the program, the students attended an indigenous university for one month and participated in a Spanish language program in Zapatista territory for the reminder period of time. The life-changing experience in Chiapas is what prompted these students to share lessons learned with their immediate and larger communities.
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28 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Organizing : Politics
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
Free Food Distro in Jamaica Plain Rethinks Charity Bite by Bite
food-distro.jpgWhile many people spent Thanksgiving volunteering at soup kitchens, a new, weekly free food distribution project rolled on at a subsidized housing complex in Jamaica Plain.

While many people volunteer in local soup kitchens on thanksgiving, others are wondering how to make food a free and stable resource year-round in their neighborhoods. Food Not Bombs is a project that has been taking free food to the streets of Boston for the past 25 years. It is a grassroots effort with no paid staff or office. It has consisted of an amorphous flux of people and ideas. Food Not Bombers gather food that would otherwise be trashed at local markets, and give it away. One of the latest incarnations is distributing free fruits and vegetables every saturday in front of the South Street Apartments complex - a low income housing project in Jamaica Plain.
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27 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Social Welfare
Boston Direct Action Project Releases “Guide To Alternatives to the Military” for Local Youth
booklet.jpg(Boston, MA October 31, 2005) Boston Direct Action Project has recently published a booklet entitled “Guide To Alternatives to the Military,” with information about education, jobs, and opportunities for youth in the greater Boston area.

"We created this "Military Alternatives" booklet because we understand its not enough to simply explain the reasons not to join the military. We believe it is equally important to suggest realistic alternatives," said Jonathan McIntosh, a designer of the booklet.
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17 Nov 2005 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing : Social Welfare
Coalition Forms to Defend Local Abortion Clinics
clinic-protest.jpgSparked by an apparent need to support visitors of Planned Parenthood in the face of anti-abortion harassment, the Coalition to Defend Reproductive Rights formed a few months ago. On Saturday, November 12th, members of the new group stood outside of the clinic on Commonwealth Ave., holding pink banners and blocking the graphic signs of anti-abortion protesters.
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14 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Organizing
The World Can't Wait: Students Against the War
IMG_0132.jpgHarvard and Cambridge Latin students joined the "World Can't Wait" action today by speaking out against the war in Iraq, walking on a single file around campus, and recruiting others for a greater march later today in the Boston Commons.
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02 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Fast for Justice: Providence Janitors Struggle for Union Power
janitors-small.jpgMonday: Over forty union supporters protested in front of the "Turk's Head" downtown office building as five strong-willed people went into their fifth day of fasting today. The fasters, camped out in front of the fancy bank offices since Thursday, are members of SEIU local 615 and their supporters. They want the owner of the Turk's Head building, millionaire landlord Lloyd Granoff, to hire a union cleaning contractor.
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01 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Critical Mass Attracts Dragons, Witches, and Lots of Bikes
WitchOn Bike.jpgBoston, MA – A woman with a dragon-face mask and flashing red lights in her seat pedaled down Boylston Street Friday surrounded by witches, Vikings, a man hauling a jack-o-lantern, and various other costumed bicyclists to the enjoyment of onlookers and cyclists. Yesterday’s event brought together approximately 150 local cyclists for the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, an international bicycling movement intended to celebrate urban bike riding.
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30 Oct 2005 | Filed under: News / Organizing
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