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Interview: Inmate Darrell Jones Speaks Out Against Massachusetts Prisons
group.pngMassachusetts ranks high among those prisons that are overcrowded. There is poor medical treatment, according to the inmates, prison racism, abuses, and poor nutritional food among some of the complaints. What Massachusetts prisons do have is a large number of Correctional Officers. In a state that is suffering from unemployment, and an over loaded budget, the hiring of Correction officers don't seem to be affected at all.

One Massachusetts inmate Darrell Jones (see other article)could see the abuses and racism in Massachusetts prisons, and decided to watch, take notes, and eventually report on an audio tape what he felt was going on. Upon release of the audio tape on the Internet, the next day he was thrown into "the hole." He was soon transferred from OCCC to MCI Norfolk, where he currently housed.
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16 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights
Bioweapons, Dangerous Vaccines, and Threats of a Global Pandemic
biowarfare.pngAlthough international law prohibits the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons, America has had an active biological warfare program since at least the 1940s. In 1941, it began secret developmental efforts using controversial testing methods. During WW II, mustard gas was tested on about 4000 servicemen. Biological weapons research was also conducted. Human subjects were used as guinea pigs in various other experiments, and numerous illegal practices continued to the present, including secretly releasing toxic biological agents in US cities to test the effects of germ warfare.
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07 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Torture Accountability Action Day in Harvard Square
New_Torture Accountability Action Day-June 26, 2008 003.jpgCambridge--Anti-torture protesters gathered in "the pit" in Harvard Square today to demand a stop to torturing prisoners held in Guantanamo and other US facilities. Some wore orange jumpsuits and black hoods to emulate the garb of detainees. Several speakers spoke out against torture by the Bush regime.

To see video of the protest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwlgA7TSKQM
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26 Jun 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : War and Militarism
Solidarity with Iranian People Rally at Copley Square
copley-iran-demo.pngMore than one hundred declared supporters of democracy, free communication, and peace in Iran gathered at Copley Square in Boston on Saturday afternoon, as widespread protests against the present regime continued one week and one day after an illegitimate election.
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22 Jun 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Appalachia and Colombia: The People Behind the Coal --an interview with Aviva Chomsky
Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts, and is a founder of the North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee, which has been working since 2002 with Colombian labor and popular movements, especially those affected by the foreign-owned mining sector. She just returned from a Witness for Peace delegation (May 28 – June 6) that traveled to two regions devastated by coal mining: the state of Kentucky and to northern Colombia.
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16 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Interview / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing
New UN Report Denounces America's Human Rights Record
42808.pngOn May 26, the UN Human Rights Council issued a report titled "Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development - Report of the Special Rapporteur (Philip Alston) on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions."

Alston was damning in his criticism regarding "three areas in which significant improvement is necessary if the US Government is to match its actions to its stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law:"
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16 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Lebanon: New Short Film from Nahr al-Bared Camp
coffee.pngIn May 2007, the battle between Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army broke out in Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon. Amidst heavy fighting, the Lebanese army had systematically destroyed the entire camp by September 2007. Two years later, nearly all the rubble has been cleared from the "old camp", the core of Nahr al-Bared. However, though the displaced residents grow increasingly desperate, reconstruction has yet to begin.

[New short film "A Sip of Coffee" from the destroyed Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon, released by anarchist media collective a-films]
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15 Jun 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Remembering the Stonewall Rebellion in this week's Socialist WebZine
remember stonewall.pngThe Stonewall Inn, a gay and lesbian neighborhood bar with a large number of African American and Latino patrons, was also well-known as a safe space for those who did not conform to gender norms: butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, and transsexual and transgendered persons before the terms were in popular use. All of these factors brought the police to Stonewall in 1969 for the purpose of illegally raiding the bar, and arresting its occupants -- an action not unknown in New York in the 1960s....
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10 Jun 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media
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