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Poverty in Boston, What Poverty?
new_orleans.jpgThat’s exactly what an editor for the business section at the Boston Globe said during class at Harvard when I proposed writing a story about the correlation between the rise in crime and poverty in our city. I was dumbfounded and almost answered, “All you have to do is look outside your window,” as I remembered the men standing day after day on the street corners looking for work at my Somerville neighborhood. Then again, I didn’t know where the editor lived and the suburbs isn’t exactly a Boston hub for the homeless. The story idea was shut down, and we both moved on with our privileged lives.
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09 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Race
Young Jews Stage Die In to Denounce Israeli Attacks on Civilians
southstation_die_in01.jpgBoston, Mass. – A group of young American Jews staged a "Die In" on Tuesday August 1, 2006 at South Station in downtown Boston to demonstrate their opposition to recent actions by the Israeli government in Lebanon and Gaza.
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01 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Race : War and Militarism
Boston City Council's White Majority Abandons Youth of Color
02.jpgSeveral hundred Boston youth, youth workers and community members converged on Boston City Hall on Wednesday June 28th to demand a budget that would offer more job opportunities to young people. The thirteen city councilors (nine district councilors and four "at-large" or citywide councilors) are required to vote on the mayor's budget each year.
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30 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Somerville 5 Jury Returns Mixed Verdict
Boston--After deliberating all day, jurors found Somerville Five defendants Calvin Belfon, Jr and Isaiah Anderson 'not guilty' of all felony charges but 'guilty' of several misdemeanors. Their lawyers immediately filed appeals on their behalf. A quiet tension greeted the jurors as they filed into the courtroom at 4:15 in the afternoon. Several of the jurors smiled. But the smiles were deceptive, and soon there were tears in the eyes of friends, family members, and supporters as the indictments and verdicts were read out and repeated back one by one, according to a precise ritual ordained by the Commonwealth.
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23 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Roxbury Organizers Continue to Fight Biolab
biolab.jpgDespite the recent ground-breaking of Boston University's BioSafety Level 4 laboratory, Roxbury organizers are still trying to stop its construction. The lab, which would test deadly pathogens such as anthrax and ebola, purportedly using scores of animals in the process, would be located next to the Roxbury neighborhood, putting Roxbury residents at grave risk in the case of a leak.
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11 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Palestine Youths Art Censorship: Protest at Brandeis
brandisepalrt 003.jpgAlmost a hundred Brandies students and local activists descended on the Goldfarb library yesterday to reclaim an exhibit of children’s art by Palestinian refugees that had been removed by school officials. Initiated by an Israeli student and former IOF solider the display showed the realities of life under occupation from the eyes of its young victims.
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05 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
Civil Rights: The Second Wave, Bostonians Call for a Humane Immigration Policy
immigration2.jpgImagine trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States in the blistering heat of the summer, a trip that many people don’t survive, and running into an enormous wall that stretches as far as you can see in both directions for miles upon miles. Imagine suddenly becoming a felon, not because you committed a felony, but because the government changed the laws. Imagine getting arrested and spending three years in a federal prison for giving food and clothing to an immigrant. Imagine getting deported. Imagine facing even more racial profiling and harassment from police than you already do because 11 million “criminals” are running loose with the same skin color as you. This will be a reality if Congress passes “The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005,” also known as H.R. 4437. As Malena Mayorga, a community organizer for the local immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente, put it: “We’re not going to sit back and be obedient slaves.”
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Race
BU Palestine Culture Awareness March
DSC00906.JPGAt least 20 BU students and supporters from the activist community joined in a march to raise awareness of Palestinian culture yesterday. We raised the flag of Palestine and strolled along commonwelth ave. thru crowds of students between classes. We will be out again today (thursday) for another march starting at shaws market at noon. Join us!
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
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