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A Tale of Two Marches
walkforhunger.jpgBoston, Mass.--One of the obvious reasons for the historical success of the Walk for Hunger (and biggest differences between it and the May Day event) is its wholly non-ideological nature. But hunger doesn’t occur in a vacuum, ideological or otherwise. It isn’t natural, and it isn’t desirable, but there it is, and it’s growing. Hunger is rooted at a nexus of political, economic, scientific, technological, and spiritual ideologies, making that one hell of a busy rotary indeed.

[Essay on the May Day march in Boston and & Walk for Hunger on the following Saturday. Full text with images, live links and edited video montage of May Day event appears on nosuppertonight.com.]
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09 May 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Labor : War and Militarism
El Salvador Solidarity Activists and Community Organizations Dispute Department of Justice Order
BOSTON, MA: Last January the U.S.-based El Salvador solidarity group—the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)—received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, citing the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 and questioning the organization’s relationship with the leftist Salvadoran political party known as the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation, or FMLN.

[RELATED: Demonstration: Saturday May 17**, at 1PM; in front of the JFK Federal Building (intersection of New Sudbury & Cambridge St, Boston; near Gov’t Center T)]
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08 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
May Day: Boston for Workers Rights Unite!
mayday.jpgBoston, Mass.--About 100 Anarchists, Socialists, Union Orgainzers, Immigrant Rights Workers and Anti-War activists gathered in Boston to celebrate and / or protest the issues of the day. It was hard to tell which was more prominent. During the march through the streets, the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, certainly gave the event a celebratory feel, but at the rally at Boston Common, there were somber calls for human rights for immigrants, and better working conditions for all – citizens and immigrants alike.

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05 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
Denying Palestinians Free Movement in the West Bank
This article summarizes an August 2007 B'Tselem report now available in print. It's one of a series of studies it conducts on life in Occupied Palestine to reveal what major media accounts suppress. This one is titled: "Ground to a Halt - Denial of Palestinians' Freedom of Movement in the West Bank."

B'Tselem has a well-deserved reputation for accuracy and integrity. It's the Jerusalem-based independent Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). It was founded in 1989 by prominent academics, attorneys, journalists and Knesset members to "document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in (Occupied Palestine), combat (the Israeli public's) denial, and create a human rights culture in Israel" to convince government officials to respect human rights and obey international law.
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02 May 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Photos-May Day Rally/March In Boston
May Day-Boston 5-1-08 015.jpgPhotos of the Boston May Day rally and march.
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02 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Corporatization and Human Rights Violation in India: Justice Delayed for Dr. Binayak Sen
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The unethical detention of Dr. Binayak Sen is one of the many glaring examples of state repression. On May 14th 2008, it will be one year since Dr. Sen was arrested under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and the Crimes Against the State Chapter of the Indian Penal Code. Dr. Sen has spent the last twenty-five years working--leaving conventional life behind--among the tribal people of Chhattisgarh, setting up the worker’s hospital in Dalli-Rajhara, Chhattisgarh. He relentlessly documented incidents of fake police encounters, inhuman conditions in the prison, the lack of the very basic health care among the tribal.
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24 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Politics
Rally to Stop Eviction of Family Home in Dorchester
280467450_9rzXo-M-1.jpgBoston, Mass - On April 16, residents and supporters rallied at 200 Norfolk Street in Dorchester to stop the eviction of the Meyers family from their home. Living in the house are 4 brothers and sisters as well as 6 children. There is also a licensed day care center in the building. Before the morning rally US Bank and Premier Asset Services backed off their planned forced eviction. The Banks have finally agreed to negotiate to try to settle the matter. The organization City Life/Vida Urbana plans to continue fighting evictions.
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19 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
Two Radio Reporters Murdered in Oaxaca
nancyAug14triqui38.jpgOn April 7, two radio reporters from a community radio were ambushed in Putla de Guerrero, Oaxaca, and shot to death. Teresa Bautista Flores, 24, and Felicitas Martínez, 20, two women journalists working for La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence), were murdered allegedly by paramilitary forces. Three other people were wounded in the shooting: Jaciel Vázquez, aged 3, and his parents.
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10 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media
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