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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
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
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