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And So the “Change” Begins
Finally, we have change in Washington, D. C. Entering into this year with the words of my father, “Obama is our new president, and we need to give him a chance,” I am trying to do just that. The problem for me, though, is that as much as I would like to believe we are going to get something we can believe in with President Obama, I know Senator Obama’s voting record. So the question on the table is, will we see change we can believe in, or will it be a replay of the Democratic victory of Congress in 2006? That remains to be seen. As we begin the “Obama Era,” are we seeing the changes we were promised?
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23 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
The revolution delayed: 10 years of Hugo Chávez’s rule
Nidiosniamonichavez-2.JPGThis month (February 2009) marks the tenth anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s coming to power in Venezuela, and ten years of the “Bolivarian revolution”. This process has included waves of state intervention in the economy and fervent rhetoric against US imperialism. But while some on the left see this Chavista movement as the new “socialism for the 21st century”, a more radical critique has argued that it is actually more like an old-fashioned attempt at modernisation by a technocratic élite (including an ex-situationist as second-in-command of the ministry of information and propaganda); that increased bureaucratic power over capital is not inherently progressive; and that the “revolution” in Venezuela allows for very little working-class control or initiative from below.

* A translation of a March 2008 interview conducted by the French anarchist Charles Reeve with two members of the El Libertario group www.nodo50.org/ellibertario in Caracas, the nation’s capital, which offers some stark insights into the reality of the situation.
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22 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Interview / International : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Mass union leaders call on Obama to support Medicare for All
More than forty Massachusetts labor leaders have signed onto a letter to President Obama raising concerns that some policy makers in Washington are backing health care reforms based on the state plan adopted two years ago. The Massachusetts plan features an "individual mandate" requiring all citizens to buy private health insurance. The letter sent today and spearheaded by the Jobs with Justice coalition, states:
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18 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Philippines: Don’t revive the “Monster of Morong, Bataan”
Bataan-Nuclear-Power-Plant-Philippines.jpgMonday, 02 February 2009 MANILA, Philippines—For making the public choose between paying more for power generation that they do not need to begin with, and tolerating misplaced priorities where debt service supersedes social welfare, the Freedom from Debt Coalition today urged Congress to stop the planned rehabilitation, re-commission and commercial operation of the controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
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04 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment : International : Politics : Social Welfare : Technology
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles releases policy change for changing gender markers
mtpc_logoplus110.pngThe Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has amended its policy regarding changing gender markers on state issued identification such as driver's licenses or Massachusetts ID.

The new policy requires a person who wishes to change the gender marker on their state issued identification to submit an updated application together with a Gender Designation Change Form, signed by him or her and a medical provider attesting to the gender that the individual considers himself or herself to be. The policy no longer requires a person to submit medical proof of sex reassignment surgery or an amended birth certificate. The next edition of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Driver's Manual will reflect the agency's policy amendments.
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27 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Politics
Defend the Hyde Square 7!
On October 21, 2008 seven Jamaica Plain anti-war and social justice activists were confronted by police while standing in conversation on a public sidewalk off Centre Street. When they asserted their right to assemble in public and asked for reasons why the police demanded to see their identification, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The group, who has been called the Hyde Square Seven, has fought the charges. Over the course of three hearings at West Roxbury District Court, all motions to dismiss the charges have been denied, and the Hyde Square Seven will stand trial on Wednesday, January 28 at West Roxbury District Court.
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27 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
Noam Chomsky Speaks on the Gaza Crisis
Noam_chomsky_cropped.pngOn January 13, Noam Chomsky addressed the crisis in Gaza at a talk held at MIT. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. For video and audio coverage of this event, please visit www.gazasiege.org:

http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/video-noam-chomsky-on-gaza.html
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
A Mayoral Directive and a Boston City Council Order for the More Routine Transmittal of City Public Documents
History is what you think of when you think of the city of Boston. Yet the history of city hall departments needs to be made more accessible to those of us with strong interests in municipal governmental history. Routinely public access is deflected or blocked for public meetings and to public records regardless of what officials claim about transparency.

A Mayoral Directive and a Boston City Council Order are needed for the more routine transmittal of public city documents to our Government Documents Department http://bpl.org/research/govdocs/local.htm of Boston Public Library. In addition to the city http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/ archives http://www.orgsites.com/ma/boston-friends/index.html city departments keep their own archives but deflect interest when approached.
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30 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Media : Politics
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