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Proposition 2 – Great Concept, Horrible Implementation
marijuana-leaf.jpgAs a fervent supporter of marijuana decriminalization, I looked at the actual text of the proposed legislature recently and was horrified by what I saw. Although the proposition delivers on decriminalization, as promised, it appears to open up a new way in which people can be charged and fined with possession of marijuana.

With support for marijuana decriminalization gaining in momentum, and the national election less than a week a way, I had relatively high expectations that Massachusetts voters would be able to create some positive change in the state on Tuesday. However, this all changed recently when I read the actual text being introduced.
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30 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Spread the Wealth of Wall Street, Big Oil, Tax-Evader Fox!
faux.jpgThe fascist Fox News of Rupert Murdoch has been whipping up a mania and false fear against socialism, Marxism and “spreading the wealth” But it is protecting only its own tax evasion and the speculative profit, predatory lending and price-gouging of Wall Street and Big Oil.

Led by rabid fascists Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, Fox News is conjuring up a false phobia and paranoia against socialism and Marxism. Frothing in the mouth, Fox right-wing commentators are spreading the false fear that socialism and Marxism will grab income from the working-class and middle-class.
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29 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization : Labor : Politics
Ralph Nader Marathon Campaign Tour-Boston (Video)
Ralph Nader-Boston 10-25-08 003.jpgRalph Nader, independent candidate for president, did a marathon 21 city campaign tour in Massachusetts all in one day Oct. 25, 2008. He is the only candidate to visit all 50 states. He spoke in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on his Boston visit, talking about the Wall Street bailout, the war, and the election.

To see 2 videos of Ralph Nader's speech in Boston, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/protestvideo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6eCzgBXjM4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JfTdo2hAus
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27 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Honk! Festival Draws 25 Activist Street Bands to Somerville, MA
IMG_3398.jpgThis year's third annual HONK! Festival from Oct. 10-12 was an exuberant street party and gathering of 25 activist street bands in Somerville. On Friday, October 10, Tufts University hosted a HONK! symposium on "Politics and Festival," as well as several hands-on workshops focussing on the challenges faced by honk bands.
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16 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Media : Politics
Bailout Bush (video)
bailout.jpgAbout 25 protesters gathered at Park Street in Boston Thursday, Sept. 25 to protest Bush's bailout of Wall Street. As we look upon the demise of capitalism and its inherant greed, people all over the US Thursday held protests to say "Foreclose the CEOs-not our homes."

A lame (very lame) duck president "Bailout" Bush(aka Markus) showed up at the Boston rally to panhandle passersby for a few spare billions to rescue Wall Street(or "War" Street--they finance and profit from US wars).
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26 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
BAAM newsletter Issue 13 September
issue13pg1.jpgOur 13th issue, featuring:

-Anatomy of a Revolt: The Organization and Chaos of the RNC Protests
-Third Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Parade
-Four Arrested in Roxbury Blockade
- Riot Police Target Journalists at RNC
- Liberatory Potential of Palin = 0
- Discredit Ideas, Not People
- Antiwar Revival
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19 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
PHILIPPINES: Suspend US Military Deployments to Mindanao
phil1.jpgA broad coalition of NGOs, social movements, and political parties from Mindanao and the rest of the country today called for all US military deployments in Mindanao suspended pending the conclusion of a fair and thorough probe by lawmakers.

The Citizens’ Peace Watch, a group formed to monitor what it fears as the growing and permanent US military presence in the South, reiterated its recommendations from a fact-finding mission it conducted in Zamboanga City and Sulu last February. Members of the mission claim to have seen with their own eyes — and to have pictures of — the US’ military structures inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City.
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16 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Coddling of Palin is False Feminism, Disguised Sexism, and Right-Wing Anti-Working-Women Thatcherism
The call of so-called feminists to coddle Palin is really disguised sexism and based on a medieval, male-chauvinist mentality that women are weak and fragile and should be protected. We don’t need an American Margaret Thatcher, an icon and poster child for right-wing policies that harm poor and middle-class working women, the majority of women. It’s time to expose Palin for what she really is.

Some women groups and advocates are screaming that media bashing of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is sexism. In truth, their call for media and the rest of the public to go slow in critiquing Sarah Palin is driven by real sexism. They are virtually saying: She’s a woman, who have been oppressed, and so don’t bash her, don’t allow the media and the public to grill her and criticize her sharply, like they do the male candidates. Actually, this kind of thinking smacks of a medieval male chauvinist, sexist mentality that said: Women are weak and fragile, so they should be protected, and put on a pedestal.
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10 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Gender : Politics : War and Militarism
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