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mornings.gifNew England is hardly known for an absence of culture or a failure to appreciate the arts. In fact, Cambridge, Massachusetts can legitimately be tagged as the epicenter, the cradle of the tension and brawls between the cultural melieus of tradition and modernity. Sparks fly from these collisions and engagements on a daily, if not hourly schedule.

The work of Suesan Stovall, now on exhibit in the Neil and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University is an example of such an encounter. For in this canticle, Ms. Stovall has fronted and framed her song and stories, and in the house that Henry Louis “Skip” Gates built, her images, both stinging and sacred, float in the ether as if she’s held a backstage pass to the African American experience. They are neither burdened nor ponderous, yet insisting of place somewhere, talisman like, and in all American households.
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01 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Review / Human Rights : Race
The Walk to Freedom: The Fight for Criminal Record Reform
cori.jpgA coalition of Massachusetts organizations have organized a four-day walk from Worcester to Boston to mobilize for CORI reform, a criminal record checking system that advocates say have kept many workers, mostly people of color, out of jobs. The walk began Sunday in Worcester City Hall and is expected to arrive at Bunker Community College by Thursday around 10:30 am. One of the participating organizations, EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement), is hoping to mobilize as many members of the community on its way to Boston.

VIDEO: See the kickoff of the march in Worcester:
AUDIO: Listen to interview with EPOCA and BWA members (click on article to listen to audio):
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18 May 2008 Modified: 22 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race
Free for All: Arabic Music from Gaza Fundraiser
Mochilla-300w.jpgOn Wednesday, April 30, a large coalition of local groups organized a fundraiser for children of Gaza to benefit the Middle East Children's Alliance and the Gaza Mental Health Foundation Inc. 492 Cafe managed sound for the event at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and is now releasing the Gaza Concert recordings. Freeman Z's report is detailed below.
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13 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race
Police officers acquitted for killing a Black man...AGAIN?!
130.jpgPolice violence against Black men is heinous but by no means surprising. Cases of unarmed Black men being shot a ludicrous number of times by police officers (of all races) are all too common. Amadou Diallo shot 41 times, NYC, 1999. Johnny Goodwin age 21, Chicago, 2007. Kevin McCoullough age 27, Chattanooga 1998. Bert W. Bowen, Boston 2004. Marquis Barker, Boston 2007. (To name a few).
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28 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Politics : Race
Marathon Monday Banner Drops Target Menino to Stop the Biolab
Biolab Banner Hang.jpgBOSTON--On April 21, 2008, Marathon Monday, activists around the city participated in direct action to publicly confront Mayor Menino about the proposed Biosafety Level 4 Lab in Roxbury, by hanging numerous banners along the marathon route, including one in Copley Square near the finish line, reading: "Menino: Residents Say No Biolab."
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21 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Environment : Race
Rally to Stop Eviction of Family Home in Dorchester
280467450_9rzXo-M-1.jpgBoston, Mass - On April 16, residents and supporters rallied at 200 Norfolk Street in Dorchester to stop the eviction of the Meyers family from their home. Living in the house are 4 brothers and sisters as well as 6 children. There is also a licensed day care center in the building. Before the morning rally US Bank and Premier Asset Services backed off their planned forced eviction. The Banks have finally agreed to negotiate to try to settle the matter. The organization City Life/Vida Urbana plans to continue fighting evictions.
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19 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
To Snitch or Not To Snitch: The View From The Other Side
snitching.jpgI decided to write this article in response to the endless criticism that is being directed against the “Stop Snitching” movement by critics claiming that Hip Hop is responsible for the “Stop Snitching” movement and the “Us vs. Them” mentality youth of color have towards law enforcement agencies. As a former gang member and street combatant of the drug wars that dominated the streets of Philly in the late 80’s and a member of the generation that came of age listening to Hip Hop I believe I am qualified to offer a frontline perspective from the other side of the issue, especially as one who was sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile because of the testimony of a snitch co-defendant that was close to 10 years older than I.
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29 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Confronting Empire Speaker Series--Harvard Law School March 17-19
To mark the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion into Iraq, Harvard Law students from the group Unbound, HLS Peace, Justice for Palestine, and the National Lawyers' Guild sponsored a three-day lecture series called Confronting Empire: Five Years of War with Iraq. The third day, March 19, fell on the actual anniversary date, and the lecture this day was called "US Foreign Policy and Intervention in the Middle East." It featured Irene Gendzier, Boston University Professor and Author of "Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East," and Howard Zinn, historian and author of "A People's History of the United States."

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20 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
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