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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
No Ice Raids Rally in Boston
A-Chance-For-A-Better-Life.jpgWednesday morning, August 13, 2008, about 150 people gathered in Government Center, Boston, to protest ICE raids. This event was sponsored by many Immigrant groups, including Jobs with Justice, and Centro Presente. Patricia Montes, one of the MCs of the rally, is with Centro Presente.

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14 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Gaza Under Siege
gaza.jpgAfter Hamas' January 25, 2006 electoral victory, Israel targeted Gaza oppressively. All outside aid was cut off. Sanctions and an economic embargo were imposed, and the democratically elected government was falsely called a terrorist organization and isolated. Stepped up repression followed along with repeated IDF incursions, attacks, killings, targeted assassinations, arrests, destruction of property and more in a pattern all too familiar to Palestinians for over six decades. Gazans are imprisoned in their own land and have been traumatized for months. In June 2007, things got worse after Israel placed the Territory under siege - described by some as medieval because of its extreme harshness.
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06 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Political Violence Increases in El Salvador
es.jpgAs student groups prepare to commemorate the anniversary of an infamous massacre of students by government forces on July 30, 1975, political violence continues in El Salvador 33 years later. In the last two years, social organizations, human rights monitors, community groups and the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) political party have publically denounced the alarming increase in politically-motivated assassinations of their members and leadership.
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03 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
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
'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
Iraq War Resisters Seek Refuge in Canada: First Deportee Scheduled for July 10
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Corey Glass is a former sergeant from the Los Angeles California National Guard, who arrived in Canada in August 2006. "When I joined the national guard, they told me the only way I would be in combat is if there were troops occupying the United States," Corey said. "I signed up to defend people and do humanitarian work filling sandbags if there was a hurricane; I should have been in New Orleans, not Iraq." Now he faces deportation.
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02 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
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