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Jewish Voice for Peace Joins 90 Other Cities to Demand Human Rights for Palestine
DSC00805.jpgIsrael has been controlling the entrances and exits to Gaza for the past months, preventing the population from receiving the humanitarian aid they so desperately need and creating a disastrous human crisis.

On Saturday, December 2nd, the International Day of Action to Stop the Siege of Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace/Boston held a demonstration in Harvard Square, one of many JVP-initiated demonstrations in the U.S. in which members and supporters stood in solidarity with peace and justice groups in Israel, Palestine, and in more than 90 cities around the world who want to see this terrible disaster end and to ask for what should be a given: the respect of every human’s rights.
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04 Dec 2006 Modified: 05 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Politics
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
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
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
Somerville residents take action
IMG_0026.JPGA CD blasting the reggae beats of the group “Spearhead” and holding a couple of symbolic rainbow-colored peace flags, a dozen residents of Somerville gathered at Davis Square this evening to urge their neighbors to take action. Mathew Hochman believes that now is the time, “During the Vietnam War, people didn’t start shouting bring the troops home before the fifth year!”
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26 Sep 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics
Boston Coalition Protests Dick Cheney Visit
DSC00062.jpgA few hundred people gather outside the Harvard club on Commonwealth Avenue Friday evening September 8th. A coalition of groups from a wide range of political and community organizations were in attendance to protest the Vice President's visit to the Boston area.
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11 Sep 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : War and Militarism
Beyond the Living Wage: A New Challenge for Progressives
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Over the past dozen years, probably no grassroots campaign has excited progressives more and generated more real victories than the living wage movement.

Over 120 communities, big and small alike, have now enacted ordinances that require businesses that win government contracts to pay a living wage. These victories have made an undeniable impact. Low-wage workers from Baltimore to Los Angeles have seen their annual take-home pay rise by hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
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04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics : Social Welfare
Boston Protest to Stop Invasion of Palestine and Lebanon
huda.jpgBoston, Mass. -- “This is not a war based on religion; it’s a war based on politics,” said orthodox Rabbi Dovid Feldman from the Neturei Karta International, Jews United Against Zionism, “There was a co-existence of Jewish and Arab people before the creation of the state of Israel.”
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22 Jul 2006 Modified: 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
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