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Minimum Wage Hikes
raiseupma.jpgReposted from Cradle of Liberty

During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his intent to sign an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Though some very vocal pundits and politicians were outraged by the president’s decision to bypass the legislative branch to enact a wage hike, the executive order he wrote is limited to new contracts starting in 2015 and does not apply to contract renewals unless there are significant changes to the terms of the contract, such as the number of employees or type of work involved. The budget for federal contracts shrinks every year, decreasing the number of new contracts with it. So President Obama’s executive order will actually have very little impact. But the brazenness of a unilateral action to give the lowest-wage earners working for the federal government a little bump called attention to two issues that have been on the minds and placards of many in the past few years: poverty and inequality.
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11 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Organizing : Politics
An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End
1-FARC-Columbia-Peace-Talk-ilps-ndfp-npa.jpgThere has been civil war in Colombia more or less continuously since 1948. It seems it may finally be coming to an end. It is ending the way most other long-lasting civil wars end.
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03 Dec 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Supreme Court Sides with Hedge Funds Against Argentina
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take the landmark debt case between Argentina and bondholders led by NML Capital, a hedge fund that buys the debt of countries in financial crisis. Argentina is expected to file a second petition in the coming months that the Supreme Court will review and decide again if it will hear the case. In June, Argentina filed a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to overturn a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made last October. The ruling ordered Argentina to pay bondholders $1.33 billion based on the court’s interpretation of a pari passu, or parity clause.
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07 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Globalization : International : Politics : Social Welfare
Gay Nazis for Jesus Invade Witch City
We wish we were kidding, but no. White-supremacist gay folk musician Douglas Pearce is touring the East Coast with his band Death in June. They're stopping in Salem of all places. At the Old Town Hall no less, a venue managed by fundamentalist Christian "liberal arts" school Gordon College.

The show is scheduled for Thursday, September 19. More information about Pearce and Death in June can be found at http://libcom.org/library/death-in-june-a-nazi-band

UPDATE 9/14: CBS reports that the show has been canceled. Nice work everyone!

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/09/13/salem-police-to-beef-up-patrols-fo/
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11 Sep 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race
95 Days Out The 2013 Boston Anarchist Bookfair is Coming!
November 10-11, 2013 (show on the 9th)

Are you as excited as we are? We'll be at Simmons College again, sponsored
by their wonderful Progressive Librarians Guild.
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06 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing : Politics
Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California Hunger Strikers and the Horror of Solitary Confinement
Herman Wallace has been transferred out of solitary confinement, as Louisiana’s Hunt prison reduced his classification from maximum to medium security. Herman is now staying at the prison hospital in a 10-bunk dorm, with access to a day room, and does not have to wear leg irons anymore. While celebrating the more human conditions, Herman and the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 emphasize that the transfer from solitary is not enough. They are asking folks to continue supporting Amnesty International’s call for humane release. The Angola 3’s Robert H. King, himself released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary confinement, says, “The wind is at our back and with your continued help our objective will be realized - freedom is in sight.”
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20 Jul 2013 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : Race
Take action w/ Amnesty Intl: Compassionate Release for Herman Wallace of the Angola 3!
In response to the tragic news that Herman Wallace is terminally ill with cancer, Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to immediately release Herman on humanitarian grounds. "After decades of cruel conditions and a conviction that continues to be challenged by the courts, he should be released immediately to his family so that he can be cared for humanely during his last months," says Tessa Murphy, USA campaigner, about Herman Wallace.
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14 Jul 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : Race
*Anti-Imperialist Picnic July 4th.*
Are you sick of all those boring July Fourths you've suffered through? Too
much red, white, and blue? Have you had enough of that July 4th American
jingoism? But you still do love grilling and relaxing with friends, don't
you?

Well then, the Anti-Imperialist Picnic is for you! On July 4th at 11 am
come on out to the Allston Brighton riverside.
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23 Jun 2013 | Filed under: News / Politics
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