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South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried
south-dakota.pngOn February 24th, the state of South Dakota passed a ban on nearly all abortions. The ban, which is expected to take effect this July, will shut down the state's one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, forcing many pregnant females to travel long distances or perhaps seek underground providers. The ban is expected to challenge Roe versus Wade, the 33-year-old legislation that legalized abortion in the U.S.

As co-founder of the National Network of Abortion Funds and organizer of Hampshire College's annual reproductive justice conference, Marlene Gerber Fried has a long history within the reproductive justice movement. On Tuesday, February 28th, she spoke near Boston about the meaning of South Dakota's abortion ban. This is an audio recording of her lecture.

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05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Prospective BU Students Informed of Biolab During Campus Tours
boycott1.jpgSeven Boston University (BU) campus tours were interrupted today by members of Operation: Over to inform the prospective students about BU’s proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) lab in Roxbury. These interruptions were intended to promote the boycott of BU that Operation: Over has called.

The boycott is calling for high school students who are considering attending BU to reconsider, on the grounds that their tuition money will go towards funding the proposed BSL-4 lab, which will be built in a densely populated, low-income community of color against its wishes.
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23 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Race
BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction
cause5.jpgLast Wednesday, February 15th, students from the BU School of Theology tied themselves to a civil rights memorial on campus in protest of the construction of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 laboratory that would test deady diseases on animals and put nearby residents at risk. Calling the lab an act of environmental racism, some students flyered and spoke to crowds passing by.

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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Danny Glover, Sen. John Edwards Rally with Hotel Activists for Workers' Rights
dannyglover.jpgBoston area hotel workers came out strong at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear Senator John Edwards, actor/activist Danny Glover and other union leaders speak on workers’ rights last Saturday. The speakers were part of the “Hotel Workers Rising,” one of several nation-wide events to support increased benefits for hotel workers, part of the nation’s fastest growing labor industry.

Photography by Alexis Winter
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
2/11: Resisting Repression- Black Panthers and animal defenders unite to counter attacks
BlackPower1969.jpgLast Saturday, February 11, a coalition of Boston organizations including the Boston chapter of the Jericho movement, the Boston Animal Defense League and Boston Anarchist Black Cross held a community meeting with guests from around the country. The panel of Black Panther veterans, animal liberation activists and Puerto Rican independentistas spoke about the recent attacks by government and private interests against what they perceive to be a threat from an increasingly cohesive movement for social justice and true democracy.
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16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
BU President Brown Confronted at His Home About Proposed Biolab
flier.jpgA dozen Boston University (BU) students and other concerned citizens gathered outside of BU President Robert Brown's $4.5 million house in Brookline protesting the proposed BU Biolab in Roxbury / South End. The Biolab, which has recently gained federal approval for construction, could break ground as soon as this month, against the community's wishes.
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09 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
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
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