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Why is Chuck Turner in Handcuffs?
3063136691_e37d1dbef5.pngThe Boston media used a grainy photograph released by the FBI to conclude that Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner is guilty of extortion. But the accompanying FBI affidavit, when shorn of speculation and irrelevancies, is a decidedly unconvincing document that fails to provide a legitimate law enforcement justification for the targeting of Turner. Could it be that Chuck Turner’s history as an outspoken critic of the FBI had something to do with his being targeted?
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19 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Mexico Presents Flawed Theory in Shooting Death of American Journalist
bradwill.png(Cambridge, Mass.) February 4, 2009 - Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) charges that Mexico's investigation into the shooting death of an American video-journalist has presented a scientifically flawed theory that ignores PHR's conclusive findings, including the discovery that one of the bullets was a ricochet.
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06 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
Venezuela: Terror in Perija
afichesolidaridadyukpas-2008.GIF* The following article was originally published on Jan. 30 2009 in El Mundo, a Caracas daily. Written by a member of the editorial collective of El Libertario www.nodo50.org/ellibertario , it calls attention to what we fear is a bloody attack against these original inhabitants of the western part of the country.
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03 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International
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
Leonard Peltier Beaten In Prison
Leonard Peltier.jpgNative American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was badly beaten and injured by other inmates after being moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania. Here is an urgent call for action by Leonard's sister and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

RELATED: 2/2/09: Leonard Peltier Transferred Back to Prison in Lewisburg, PA (from Democracy Now!)

And the imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been moved back to prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, weeks after he was attacked shortly after being transferred to another prison in Pennsylvania. Friday will mark the thirty-third anniversary of his arrest. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner in the United States.
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22 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Noam Chomsky Speaks on the Gaza Crisis
Noam_chomsky_cropped.pngOn January 13, Noam Chomsky addressed the crisis in Gaza at a talk held at MIT. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. For video and audio coverage of this event, please visit www.gazasiege.org:

http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/video-noam-chomsky-on-gaza.html
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
An Interfaith Declaration for Peace
GCV035.pngOn Tuesday, January 13, around 300 members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered in the Boston Commons for a silent vigil calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. Boston-area religious leaders from all Abrahamic religions have jointly written a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The statement is posted in full below.

RELATED: Jewish Activists Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles
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Lockdown at Israeli Consulate in San Francisco
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/15/18563368.php
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15 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : War and Militarism
Funeral Procession in Boston Joins National Protests Against Israel's Incursion in Gaza
BWP1100722.pngBoston, Mass.--Around 400 people with home-made coffins marched in downtown Boston in a silent funeral procession to join protests around the world against Israel's military aggression in Gaza. Thousands marched in major cities in Europe, Arab countries, and the United States to express their outrage for the killings of so far 821 Palestinians, including 235 children, and close to 3700 wounded (50% of them women and children). Thirteen Israelis have died in the offensive, ten of them soldiers.

“Palestinian people must be some of the most extraordinary human beings in the world to continue to survive and raise families and talk about peace under the conditions they are living in,” said Catherine Hoffman from the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project. “People who see Israel as the victim here, can see the power, absolute power that Israel wields in Palestine, not just now in terms of the killing, but everyday in terms of the occupation.”

RELATED: Watch video of the funeral procession, by Michael Borkson:
http://openmediaboston.org/node/498
Cambridge City Council Adopts Gaza Resolution
http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/breaking-news-cambridge-city-counc
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
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