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Protestors Gather to Declare: Protest Is Not TERRORISM!
romero.jpgOn Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2007, under a brilliant sky, fifty activists converged on the plaza in Maverick Square in East Boston, Massachusetts to sound the alarm about events in El Salvador. Led by CISPES and joined by the Cambridge-El Salvador Sister City Project and Centro Presente, the rally was called to bring attention to the arrests of 13 people in Suchitoto for simply speaking out against the government’s water privatization policy. Speakers throughout the afternoon outlined the new anti-terror law under which the thirteen were charged with acts of terror and face up to 50 years in jail for being at or near a lawful protest.
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11 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
Hundreds Testify for Reform to the Criminal Records System in Massachusetts
145380437-M.jpgOn Tuesday, September 18th, over 600 people descended on the State House in support of the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)reform proposal, The Public Safety Act of 2007 (House Bill 1416).

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26 Sep 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Race
Raids by ICE: A Psychological War that Terrifies Our Communities
480625447_3e17200feb.jpgLast Tuesday, August 28, to people who live in the area of East Boston and Chelsea in Massachusetts it looked like the city was under siege. Detachments from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and other police forces roamed the streets creating panic among immigrant workers and their families. A community organizer spotted the ICE agents at the Maverick T station and pointed his camera in their direction. He was immediately surrounded, his camera confiscated, he was interrogated, and he was ordered to show his documents. Eventually they let him go. A Spanish-radio reporter who knew the organizer stopped to inquire what was happening. ICE agents told him to move on and out of there. But, the alarm was set off and 1600 AM radio waves were soon filled with phone calls about additional ICE police activity around town. This went on from around 6 am until noon.
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02 Sep 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
CISPES Declares Its Solidarity with the Salvadoran Political Prisoners
consulate_alto_ley2.jpgOn July 30th, members of the national Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) organized a protest in front of the Salvadorean Consulate in Boston to demand the immediate release of 13 community leaders who were arrested, preemptively, before a national protest against water privatization in El Salvador.

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14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
Vicious Police Attack on IWW Solidarity March in Providence
providence.jpgOn Saturday, August 11, 2007, Alexandra Svoboda, a member of the labor union Industrial Workers of the World, was brutally assaulted by North Providence Police officers as she was peacefully demonstrating with a group of fellow union members and supporters in support of workers at HWH/Dragonland in New York City. She was attacked while she was complying with orders given by the NPPD to move towards the sidewalk. Alexandra was then tackled and brutalized by the officers, suffering a grotesquely broken and dislocated knee and a ruptured vascular artery. She is currently recovering from her first operation at the Rhode Island Hospital and is awaiting a second surgery scheduled for Wednesday.
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13 Aug 2007 Modified: 14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
Stop the War on Immigrants! Stop the Raids!
newbedfordchildren.jpgBoston, August 13, 2007. - Another immigration raid has taken place in the usual military style, this time in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Proclaiming that they were going after "criminals", Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up 27 "Brazilians" in yet another effort to terrorize our immigrant community. According to ICE, the 27 arrested were part of "identity-fraud rings" that sold workers' permits and green cards to undocumented migrants. According to affidavits, an ICE agent over an extended period sold false documents to a group of undocumented migrants for thousands of dollars. ICE then made the arrests. This operation reflects the business as usual atmosphere in this country where the government fleeces undocumented workers of their money and then they are hauled off to jail.
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14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Community and labor groups kick-off boycott of Enterprise Rent-A-Car
STP61812.JPGEast Boston (July 12, 2007) - Outraged by flagrant management retaliation against a good faith effort by Enterprise Rent-A-Car workers to improve their wages and working conditions, a broad coalition of labor and community organizations -- and many elected officials -- announced their support for a consumer boycott of the company. The effort is designed to level economic pressure on the nation’s largest auto rental employer because of its abuse of workers’ rights at its East Boston airport rental facility.
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13 Jul 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
The New York Times Sells Cameroon for $250,000
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On a silver platter this past Sunday, The New York Times magazine featured no less than eight pages towards the liberalization of the economy in Cameroon. Showing off its excellence in corporate media advertising, the NY Times magazine sold prominent space to Cameroon business traders so they can in turn sell their country’s resources to U.S. investors, no doubt to the demise of many of its citizens. “Cameroon ready for growth, ready for investment,” reads a headline on page 59 which goes on to explain the country’s “quest for sustainable growth...”
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10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
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