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Get on the Bus 2008 for Human Rights
a-gotb2002_tibet14.jpgSomerville, MA – Amnesty International Local Group #133 will host its thirteenth annual human rights pilgrimage to New York City called “Get On The Bus” (GOTB) on Friday, April 11, 2008.

Amnesty Group 133 recruited more than 1,000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states to participate in a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (UN) missions to protest human rights abuses in Myanmar, Darfur (Sudan), Bhopal (India), Sri Lanka and Libya.
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29 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
To Snitch or Not To Snitch: The View From The Other Side
snitching.jpgI decided to write this article in response to the endless criticism that is being directed against the “Stop Snitching” movement by critics claiming that Hip Hop is responsible for the “Stop Snitching” movement and the “Us vs. Them” mentality youth of color have towards law enforcement agencies. As a former gang member and street combatant of the drug wars that dominated the streets of Philly in the late 80’s and a member of the generation that came of age listening to Hip Hop I believe I am qualified to offer a frontline perspective from the other side of the issue, especially as one who was sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile because of the testimony of a snitch co-defendant that was close to 10 years older than I.
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29 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
A Culture of Death And Destruction
Growth_Versus_Sustainability.jpgSome people have likened the Earth to a relatively small lifeboat wheeling in an incredibly vast sea of outer space. If they also think that the sinking of the Titanic was a sad disaster, they will be heartbroken over the tragic devastation when this sort of occurrence happens on a planetary scale.

In the end, the answers almost don't matter because, as Judy Bonds states, "In Southern West Virginia we live in a war zone. Three and one-half million pounds of explosives are being used every day to blow up the mountains. Blasting our communities, blasting our homes, poisoning us, trying to intimidate us. I don't mind being poor. I mind being blasted and poisoned. - There ARE no jobs on a dead planet."
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28 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
“4,000 Too Many,” Boston Mourns U.S. Deaths in Iraq
IMG_0026.jpgVigils across the United States yesterday and today marked the 4,001 death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Called by several peace groups and military members against the war, people in almost every single state mourned the loss of life in a war that for most Americans has become unjust and meaningless.

“By grieving in public, many families have found comfort,” said Carlos Arredondo, father of Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, who died while serving in Najaf at the young age of twenty--the 974th U.S. death of the Bush administration’s war. Indeed, many in Boston attended today’s vigil because it comforts them to stay alert, to show support, to represent the troops in a way that calls for their safe return home.
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25 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : War and Militarism
Boston Unites for Peace
Picture 006.jpgOn March 19, 2008, about 150 Bostonians gathered at Park Street, in the Common to “celebrate” (to quote John Kerry) a Birthday: March 19th marked the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq War -the one which mission we are supposed to have won over 4 years ago.

WATCH VIDEO (by Michael Borkson):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfIP-3EZCv0
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20 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Confronting Empire Speaker Series--Harvard Law School March 17-19
To mark the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion into Iraq, Harvard Law students from the group Unbound, HLS Peace, Justice for Palestine, and the National Lawyers' Guild sponsored a three-day lecture series called Confronting Empire: Five Years of War with Iraq. The third day, March 19, fell on the actual anniversary date, and the lecture this day was called "US Foreign Policy and Intervention in the Middle East." It featured Irene Gendzier, Boston University Professor and Author of "Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East," and Howard Zinn, historian and author of "A People's History of the United States."

DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO AUDIO:
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20 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Boston in Solidarity with the Victims of State Repression in Colombia
colombia.jpgBoston, Mass. -- Last Thursday, on March 6, the Boston May Day Coalition, MLK Bolivarian Circle, Permanent Committee for Peace in Colombia, and Chelsea United Against the War, joined in location at Park Street a vigil called by Colombia Vive. With respect for the activity called by Colombia Vive, these groups expressed their own position about the tragic and dramatic situation in Colombia. This coalition, however, demonstrated in solidarity with the initial call made in Colombia to denounce the crimes of the State and the paramilitary and demand that repression be stopped now.
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11 Mar 2008 Modified: 12 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan
Picture 004.jpgFrom March 13-16th, U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will testify to what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground in these occupations. The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan - and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans' health benefits and support.

PUBLIC AIRING IN BOSTON: March 14, UMass, Campus Center 3rd Floor, 3 Point Lounge, 9:00am - 12:00am; and March 15, Harvard Square in Cambridge at the First Parish Church from 10:00 am through 6:00 p.m.
LIVE RADIO BROADCAST: March 14-16, Pacifica Radio, http://pacifica.org/. AUDIO ARCHIVES: http://www.warcomeshome.org/
LOCAL TV BROADCAST: Somerville Community TV, Channel 3, FRI-1:00pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-6:00pm, SAT-3:00pm-5:00pm, 8:00pm-9:00pm (FSTV)
LIVE WEBCAST: http://ivaw.org
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09 Mar 2008 Modified: 12 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
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