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The Greening of the Peace Movement
girl_with_sign_closeup.JPGIn a searing article in Harper's Magazine in September 2004, Naomi Klein laid out a theory of the Iraq War that shreds even today's conventional wisdom about the motivations for our invasion. Her theory was that the neocons saw Iraq as a potential test tube for their ideological utopia, and pursued a strategy of shock therapy, where the devastation of war would force Iraqis to rebuild their nation from scratch. Out of desperation (not to mention shock and awe), they would be receptive to U.S. economic policy unimaginable in any other country. The common refrain that Bush did not have a postwar plan is inaccurate. According to Klein, the neocons' plan started to backfire once the companies they were counting on to privatize the country hesitated to jump on board, and not for the reason you think. Yes, the security situation wasn't perfect. But more importantly, companies decided to wait for the creation of an Iraqi government because international law prohibited the United States as an occupying force from running the show.
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08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Politics : War and Militarism
Hundreds March for Mumia Abu-Jamal Outside Court Hearing in Philadelphia
070517 Phila Mumia demo.jpgOver 500 people turned out to demonstrate on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal outside the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia May 17. Inside the packed courtroom another 200 observed the proceedings in which the justices peppered prosecution and defense lawyers with questions about the deliberate exclusion of blacks in jury selection during Mumia’s 1982 trial, the instructions to the jury on the death sentence, and evidence of judicial bias against Mumia. In court, the prosecution demanded that the death sentence against Jamal be reinstated while defense lawyer Robert Bryan asked for a new trial. Outside, hundreds of demonstrators circling the courthouse chanted over and over, “Brick by brick, wall by wall, We’re gonna free Mumia Abu-Jamal.” While some had illusions that a new trial could be fair, many declared that the entire “justice” system was racist to the core.
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20 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
GONZALES EMBARRASSED AT HARVARD REUNION
Gonzales Protest - 1 (small).JPGCambridge, Mass. – Alberto Gonzales was confronted by student protesters and forced to leave through a back door on Saturday during a visit to Harvard Law School for his 25th reunion. After two weeks clinging to save his job and defending allegations that he fired eight U.S. Attorneys for political reasons, what might have been a relaxed day of reminiscing with old classmates became instead yet another reminder that both his job and his reputation are in serious jeopardy.
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30 Apr 2007 Modified: 10:27:17 AM | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Hundreds March for CORI Reform
cori-march.jpgOn Thursday, April 19th, hundreds of people marched from Roxbury Crossing to the state house, demanding passage of the Public Safety Act of 2007. The act seeks to end arbitrary discrimination against people with criminal records, shorten the length of time that records are open, and train employers on properly reading CORIs.
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24 Apr 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
CUBA: Forum with Howard Zinn and Salim Lamrani
028.jpgThe renowned American historian Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History of the United States” will address the roots of U.S. policy towards CUBA, while Salim Lamrani, the editor of “Superpower Principles: U.S. Terrorism against Cuba” will explain the case of the Cuban Five and their justified presence in U.S. territory. Other participants will speak about the International Campaign for the visitation rights of the families of the Cuban Five.

Interview with lawyer José Pertierra reveals Posada's trial on immigration fraud charges, his links to civil wars in Central America, and U.S. double-standards in dealing with terrorism.
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05 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights : Politics
Hundreds Amass in New Bedford to Denounce Immigration Raids
136935126-S.jpgSaturday, March 17th -- Nearly two weeks after roughly 360 people were detained in one of the largest immigration raids in recent Massachusetts history, around 600 people converged in New Bedford to demand an end to such raids.
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18 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
BC Activists Stage Protest Against Israeli Military Occupation at Israeli Consulate
demonstration4.jpgBoston, Massachusetts—A large group of Boston College students and others took part in a nonviolent direct action involving elaborate street theater at the New England Israeli Consulate building coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the killing of American peace activist Rachel Corrie and to draw attention to the construction of Israel’s Apartheid wall and Israel’s continuing illegal Military Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip at 1PM on Thursday, March 15, 2007.
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16 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
The Veterans for Peace organization shares it’s message: “John Kerry: We voted for you. Now we expect action from you”
DSC_0050.jpgIn front of the building at 1, Bowdoin Square, where Senator John Kerry has his office, some of the cars driving by during the 9 AM rush hour traffic were honking and giving the 30 protesters – who were holding signs such as “Stop the money, stop the war. What the hell is Congress for!”- a thumb up. “ I think we had no business being there in the first place” shared a woman as she passed the small group. “You guys are doing a good thing!” added another one.
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28 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : War and Militarism
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