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Eviction Blockades Defend Working Neighborhoods, Stop Foreclosures
blockade.jpgAmidst the soaring cost of living and a national foreclosure crisis across the country, some residents in Boston are sticking up for their right to housing and to keep properties out of the banks’ hands. On Tuesday July 15, supporters for Roxbury resident Paula Taylor came together to stop the bank from evicting her and repossessing her house, in a technique called an “eviction blockade.” The action was successful and Taylor retained the right to live in her house.
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31 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Race
Ice Strikes Providence: People Fight Back
ice.jpgOn July 15th, 2008 over 150 community members rallied at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Providence where many immigrants were held after a raid that same day. The 30-plus detained janitorial workers were employed at six courthouses across Rhode Island. Many of the janitorial workers who were detained were in the midst of a labor dispute with their employers. A local militant workers association, Fuerza Laboral, had been organizing with the workers to get unpaid wages. (http://www.fuerza-laboral.org/)
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30 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Race
Looking into the DNC 'Round August
The 1960s civil rights movement is that period of “the struggle” which, because of age and family situation, the junior senator from Illinois was absent. This has been a source of tension between the candidate and the “sit-in” generation. Obviously those intangibles, those jokes, those habits and recipes passed down in the average African American household differ from those in the Senator’s youthful world and this, apparently has raised speculation as to his, well, culture. It’s noted that many black opinion maker and elected officials, including Cong. Lewis came late to ‘house Obama’. But August is coming, again…soon. And then Mr. Obama may well reach and ring as he appears capable of doing.
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28 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics : Race
'Welcoming Massachusetts' Launches to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion in MA
IMG_0044.gifBoston, MA - A diverse group of over 200 faith, labor, education, and immigrant community members and leaders gathered today at the Grand Staircase of the State House to officially launch the new Welcoming Massachusetts statewide initiative. Welcoming Massachusetts was founded on the belief that the people of MA remember, honor, and value its immigrant roots, and that the communities that make up the Commonwealth embrace the shared values that unite everyone.

Sign the Pledge!
http://www.welcomingma.org/
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09 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Race
Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism
DSC00140.JPGAs anarchist communists, it is only logical and consistent with our principles in the struggle for a free humanity that we support the personal, cultural, and institutional fight against patriarchy, hetero-sexism, the gender bi-nary system and all other struggles for queer liberation both in themselves and in their intersectionalities with capitalism, the state, white supremacy, and all other forms of human oppression.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Mortgage Crisis in the USA
drooker4.gifCommentators complain of "partisanship" in Washington. Society's problems are said to result from infighting between parties. We should celebrate, then, because Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a plan to end the mortgage crisis. What solution do they offer? Handouts to Big Business, and "fiscal discipline" for the rest.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution
3andywarholredlenin.jpgThe Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism. How did this happen and when did this happen? What does this tell us about the nature of socialism?

How did the Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism? The Russian revolution of 1917 involved vast numbers of people. It included almost all the working class of the cities, most of the peasants, and the mostly-peasant ranks of the military (swollen by the needs of World War I). The working people created delegated representational councils (soviets), along with factory committees, unions, regimental councils, peasant village councils, and cooperatives.
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12 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Addressing Violence in Prison
Prison02.sized.jpgUsually when I talk about prisons I begin with a whole bunch of numbers and statistics. 2.4 million people in prison, 1 million Black people in prison, 1 in 9 Black men between the ages of 18 and 34 are in prison. Women of Color are the fastest growing population in prison. 25% of people in women’s prisons are raped during their sentence, 20% of people in men’s prisons are raped during their time. Nearly 100% of out queer and transgender people in men’s prisons experience some form of sexual assault. The numbers and statistics go on and on. I have pages and pages of them if you want. When we talk about systems of oppression it is often so much easier to talk about numbers rather than people. Whether we’re talking about the millions killed in war, the high percent of people losing their homes, or the rate at which people are losing access to food and water sources, we continuously use numbers to hide faces.

[Reposted Sermon from The Community Church of Boston at www.communitychurchofboston.org]
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11 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Race
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