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¡Pedro Juan Tavarez, Presente! ICE/Prisons Claim Yet Another Life in Boston
On October 19, 2009, 49-year-old Pedro Juan Tavarez died in a Boston hospital while in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody. While he was working as a taxi driver in Providence last year, law enforcement stopped the Dominican man for speeding. Record checks found ‘discrepancies’ related to federal immigration violations and he was brought to Suffolk County House of Corrections, alternately known as South Bay, for detention.
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04 Nov 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
Racism at Harvard
Rally for Ravi Raj!
Thurs. 10/29, 12 noon
1737 Cambridge St (aka CGIS Knafel Building)
Cambridge MA

Read on for the details of Ravi's case.
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28 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor : Race
FBI Arrests Sudbury Man for Being a Muslim
Tariq Mehanna, of Sudbury, MA, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI in connection with alleged terrorist plots. This is not the first time he has been harassed by the FBI (Mehanna was arrested in 2008 and later released due to lack of real evidence). Mehanna is a devout Muslim and a highly respected figure in his community.
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23 Oct 2009 | Filed under: News / International : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
CORI Reform Hearing, March and Rally Reportback
2008_0707_CORI_march-350.pngOn Monday, July 27, over 600 people packed the State House CORI Hearing as part of an extended CORI Day of Action. Organized by the Commonwealth CORI Coalition, supporters demonstrated the severity of the CORI crisis and raised the need for immediate reforms.
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30 Jul 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Race
Cambridge Stands Against Racial Profiling-Protest In Support of Prof. Gates
New_gates racial profiling 004.jpgA protest was held on the steps of Cambridge City Hall to support Harvard professor Henry L. Gates vs. the Cambridge Police. According to the event organizers, the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by a Cambridge police officer - after Prof. Gates showed two forms of identification to a police officer who arrived to find Prof. Gates safely in his own home in a predominantly white, upscale neighborhood known as “Harvard Square” - has brought the struggle against racism to the front pages of newspapers throughout the US and around the world.

WATCH VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScSzMx_S7oY
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29 Jul 2009 | Filed under: News / Race
Justice for Jason: Raise your voice against racism in our state!
JasonVassellPhoto.jpgOn February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime. He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race
Zimbabwe's Future Under a New U.S. Administration?
zimbabwe_green_map.gifBob Herbert the African-American New York Times columnist has just published a column in the New York Times called "Zimbabwe" in which he claims that Zimbabwe it is in a total mess and that it's all the president of Zimbabwe's fault. The president of Zimbabwe is of course Robert Mugabe and he has been president from the very beginning of the creation of the state of Zimbabwe out of what was a very brief but successful political uprising of the overwhelming majority black population of Rhodesia against the colonial British white settlers who stole the country, controlled the economy and owned practically all the farmland.
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Race
Hope and Change for Low-Wage Workers
Martin_Luther_King_22391g.pngOn March 18, 1968, two weeks before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., "It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis getting part-time income." He said, "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."

What would Dr. King have thought of a $6.55 federal minimum wage in 2009, when the 1968 minimum wage is worth about $10 in today’s dollars? What would he have made of a minimum wage that is less adequate for the basic necessities of life than it was 40 years ago?
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14 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Race
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