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PHILIPPINES: Suspend US Military Deployments to Mindanao
phil1.jpgA broad coalition of NGOs, social movements, and political parties from Mindanao and the rest of the country today called for all US military deployments in Mindanao suspended pending the conclusion of a fair and thorough probe by lawmakers.

The Citizens’ Peace Watch, a group formed to monitor what it fears as the growing and permanent US military presence in the South, reiterated its recommendations from a fact-finding mission it conducted in Zamboanga City and Sulu last February. Members of the mission claim to have seen with their own eyes — and to have pictures of — the US’ military structures inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City.
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16 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Tenants Tell Deutsche Bank to Stop Putting Around
DeutscheBankProtest026-1.jpgBankers, brokers and other elites came together on Saturday, August 30th for a posh and pompous romp at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The Deutsche Bank Championship featured world class golfers, thousands of spectators, and is sponsored by multinational Deutsche Bank. As it happens, Deutsche Bank is also the leader in home foreclosures in Massachusetts. Protestors from across Massachusetts and Rhode Island picketed outside the tournament, greeting each shuttle bus with their message to stop the evictions and stop the predatory lending that leads to foreclosure.
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02 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Celebrating Black August: From the Streets to Prison Resistance
soledad.jpgA Black Panther member and author of two books, Blood in My Eye and Soledad Brother, George Jackson was killed by prison guards while serving his term in San Quentin prison on August 21, 1971. A year earlier, his brother Jonathan Jackson was killed for taking hostage a courtroom to demand the freedom of his brother and five other San Quentin prisoners. Black August originated from these events to honor the fallen, and it spread into a practice of self-reflection and self-determination in the black resistance movement, particularly within prison.

Following is an interview with Kazi Toure, ex-political prisoner and co-chair of the Jericho Movement about Black August history and the current struggles against the prisoner industrial complex.

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30 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race
For Labor Day: Boston-area workers finding new paths to rights and respect
fallriverpcas.jpgFour examples of how workers in the Boston area have found new paths to organization and the power of a voice at work. A recent study by the U-Mass Donahue Institute documents how the gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. It showed that only those earning the highest incomes benefited from gains in technology, productivity, and globalization, while working class earnings stagnated and incomes for poor families plunged 15 percent (www.donahue.umassp.edu/publications/index).
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29 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Humanitarian Crisis in Mississippi: ICE Detains Hundreds in Workplace Raid
migra.jpgAfter answering the phone, Bill Chandler , director of MIRA! (the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, based in Jackson ), blurted out, “The ICE raid is in progress right now at Howard Industries, in Laurel , Mississippi .” Laurel is a small town of about 18,000 people; Howard Industries employs about 800 workers.
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27 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
Free Gaza Boats Break the Siege of Gaza; International Support Crucial to Success
1.jpgTwo small boats carrying 42 human rights activists broke the siege of Gaza. They sailed from Cyprus in defiance of Israeli threats to intercept the boats to enforce its blockade of Gaza. The arriving boats were greeted by thousands of jubilant Gazans and former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Intense international support was crucial in persuading Israel to allow the boats through.
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24 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Former Indymedia Journalist Among Ten Foreigners Detained in China
freetibet.jpgFormer Boston Indymedia journalist and media activist, Bryan Conley, founder of grassroots media videoblog Alive in Baghdad, is one of six US citizens detained in China for covering actions of Students for Free Tibet during the Olympics. The other five pro-Tibet activists are Jeffrey Rae, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, Tom Grant, and James Powderly. On Thursday, the Chinese government handed them and four other European activists a 10-day detention sentence.

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Statement by Eowyn Rieke, wife of Brian Conley:
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/205488/index.php
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22 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Media
Protesters Say No to Psychologists' Involvement in Torture
apa.jpgOn Saturday, August 16, about two hundred protesters gathered in Boston to protest psychologists’ involvement in abusive interrogations and illegal detention. People gathered at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention to support a call to the APA to forbid their members from cooperating in any way in torture and reject our government's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques." Co-sponsors of this action included Psychoanalysts for Social Responsibility, the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and Psychologists for an Ethical APA. In the next month, APA members will be voting on a referendum that would make any participation in detainee interrogations a violation of their code of ethics.

RELATED: Democracy Now! coverage of this event:
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/18/referendum_on_torture_debate_over_
Physicians for Human Rights Campaign Against: Torture
http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/torture/
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19 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
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