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Fourth Day of Protests, July 28th
silenced.jpgThe first major protest of the day, with 500 people, was a rally calling on the US government to respect human rights called, “What Have Become?: From Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib?” Another 400-500 people gathered in Blackstone Park to support a local environmental justice group calling for funding for public health, not the bioterror lab being built in their neighborhood. A group of 10 pro-gay marriage activists disrupted a DNC meeting and were removed by the police. In the early evening a street theater action took place against the “Free Speech Zone”, with activist entering it with hands bound and heads hooded, while a group of DNC delegates condemned the “Free Speech Zone”. The police were becoming increasingly aggressive throughout the day, showing up in totally disproportionate numbers to the environmental justice rally, and arresting one activist while he was walking down the street.
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29 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : Race
First Day of Protests, July 25th
Boston 010.jpgAs the Boston Social Forum wrapped up, the International ANSWER march and the People's Party in Jamaica Plain began. In a clear act of racial profiling, police arrested a man of South Asian appearance in the middle of the ANSWER march. They also intimidated legal observers at the People's Party, and searched the bus/kitchen of the pracifist group Seeds of Peace for a third time.

PHOTOS BY: Paula Sutton

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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : Race
Racial Profiling at DNC: Man Arrested for Protesting While Brown
As the International ANSWER march reached the Fleet Center (site of the Democratic National Convention), the Secret Service detained for questioning a demonstrator apparently of South Asian (Indian or Pakistani) descent for "looking around"--a clear act of racial profiling. He has since been released.
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26 Jul 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights : Race
June 20 Antifa Reportback - Confronting Neo-Nazi Fascists
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On June 20, about 15-20 neo-nazi white supremacists decided to come hang out in Government Center during an Israeli Independence Day celebration. Since Northeast Antifascists had heard of them coming beforehand, we were also there for a little meet and greet.
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24 Jun 2004 | Filed under: News / Race
Indigenous Rights Activists Banned by Newton Court
CourthousewithSignSmall.JPGActivists Vow to Find Other Means to Reveal Abuses of Chestnut Hill based Seaboard
Corporation


In an early morning court hearing in Newton District Court on Thursday, April 18th,
Judge Dyanne J. Klein banned international activists Cha-Cha Connors and Kevin Ksen
from future demonstrations against Chestnut Hill based Seaboard Corporation’s Board
of Directors. The one-year stay-away order marks an escalation of the Boston area
campaign in support of the Ava Guarani and Kolla indigenous communities in Northern
Argentina. In recent months, these indigenous communities have been violently
removed from their ancestral land, physically threatened and harassed by Seaboard
employees.
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28 May 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Race
Native People Dissed in Greenfield
MetacomWar_Indianflee.jpgOne might think that by the 21st century, 328 years since white men slaughtered unarmed American Indian women and children in Franklin County, their heirs would finally be able to get it right.

In a sordid tale of what appears to be greed and racism, Greenfield's Mayor and pro-development forces in that Franklin County town have sought to discredit and undermine attempts by Native Americans to protect Indian remains that may date back to the massacre at Turners Falls that took place on May 19, 1676. Tomorrow at Unity Park in Turners Falls that tragic event will be marked with a gathering intended to seek reconciliation, but such sentiments do not seem to be on the agenda in Greenfield's town offices, the enclaves of developers, or for that matter, at the offices of the town's paper, The Greenfield Recorder.

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19 May 2004 | Filed under: News / Race
There is Always more to a Story then its Headline
I was thinking about the Boston Herald headline the day after those “contractors” had been butchered in Iraq. That headline read, “Savages: Iraqi mob kills and burns 4 American civilians.” (Boston Herald, April 1, 2004, news.bostonherald.com) My mind raced. There had to be more to the story then what they were telling us in the headline. I mean, could the very people we were there to liberate suddenly become the savages the papers wanted to see massacred? Was there more to this story? Well, indeed there is always more to any story.
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13 May 2004 | Filed under: News / International : Race
The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost – Yet Again
abuse5.jpgRacism being crucial to the killing, torture and humiliation of Iraqis, ostensibly called "abuse", is hardly mentioned in discussions on the subject. So that any attempt to reverse the horrors will remain largely cosmetic. To claim that the savagery wa the work of a few, courtesy digital technology, is to make the equally absurd claim that the brutal beating of Rodney King was a simple aberration and thus racism in American is a thing of the past. Please watch carefully the rhetoric of denial and see through it. Then perhaps, an appreciation of the depth of entrenchment of racism might throw some light as to what awaits Iraqis – the much touted “American moral values".
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12 May 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Race
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