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Boston's Asian Community Raises Awareness of HIV/AIDS among Massachusetts Asian Pacific Islanders
MAP_SAM_Yoon_HIV_Test_Photo.jpgBoston, Mass-- The Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP) organization presented awards to Niem Nay-Kret, Project Director, Southeast Asian Bilingual Advocates, Inc. and Veseth Poy, Senior Case Manager, Lynn Community Health Center for their efforts to address HIV/AIDS in the Massachusetts Cambodian community. Over 90 community members came out to attend MAP’s Rooted in Acceptance reception and awards ceremony that was held on May 17th at the Boston Center for the Arts. The awards are named for Siong-Huat Chua, a Malaysian-born, Boston-based gay activist, writer, and pioneer in bringing visibility to HIV/AIDS among Asians. Mr. Chua died of AIDS in 1994.
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22 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Race
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
The Right of Return: From CORI reform to Reconstructing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
right of return.jpgRecently, organizers and demonstrators here in the Northeast were in the streets and in the statehouse demanding CORI reform. This reform is an issue of the right of return. Advancing a unified agenda for the right of return, we connect our local struggles with those in the gulf coast and abroad. Coast to Coast Solidarity- Boston reflects on lessons learned and inspiration gained!
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07 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Race
Immigrants March to Stop the Raids, Full Legalization Now
IMG_0101.JPGBoston, Mass--It was 4:30 a.m. when they came banging on her door, waking her and everyone else in the house. She went to see what was going on. “Get down!” called out one of her housemates in a loud whisper, “La migra! Get on the floor!” She could barely see the men face down on the carpet but saw the shadows on the window and a bright flashlight that began scanning inside her living room. She ran back to her 4-year-old and locked herself up in the bedroom. She grabbed her child who immediately started whimpering sensing his mother’s panic. “Don’t cry, don’t make a sound. There are policemen outside who want to take us, take me away. We can’t let them hear us. Don’t say a word.” The child understood. Immigration officers had been raiding homes for days in his neighborhood, going after someone with an expired visa and arresting everyone within it without proper documentation. Mothers talked about it in corner stores, in laundry mats, at the playground.
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02 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Race
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
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
Demonstration to Free the San Francisco 8: Protests against U.S. Torture and Racism
DSC03649.jpgBoston, MA, February 14th • Activists, students, teachers and church leaders from the groups Coast to Coast Solidarity-Boston and Queers Against Prison-Boston rallied this morning at South Station followed by a string of banner appearances and educational events across the city. This demonstration was part of a national call to action demanding lower bail and the release of the San Francisco 8. Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd, 2007 in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out, over 30 years ago, after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973.
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14 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Boston Workers Alliance Defends Jobless Workers by Trying to Establish Cooperative Temp Agency
BWA1.jpgJust over a year after the Boston Workers Alliance (BWA) was founded at a convergence of “jobless workers,” from Boston ’s Dorchester , Roxbury neighborhoods members of their job creation committee were at the Second Annual National Federation of Worker Cooperatives Conference (NFWCC) discussing plans to establish at temp agency cooperative in the Greater Boston area.
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10 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Race
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