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Solidarity in Chiapas for Oaxaca
quince.jpgIn a courageous and moving act of solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, a delegation of approximately 300 from Chiapas marched into the zocalo of Oaxaca City today, currently occupied by the PFP, the federal police force. They also visited the planton of Santo Domingo, occupied by the popular assembly movement, to deliver food and medicine aid (gathered in communities with scarce resources), as well as make a stop in their procession at the first Constituent Congress of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), to bring their message of solidarity and the need for organized and inclusive unity.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
AETA: Congress Strikes a New Blow to Freedom of Speech
temp.jpgOn its first day back in session, the House of Representatives yesterday voted in support of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The AETA is a law that could be used criminalize some of the most important forms of nonviolent animal protection advocacy: civil disobedience, whistle-blowing, and undercover investigations. Over 160 groups registered their opposition to the new law, among them are The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), New York City Bar Association, and The National Lawyer's Guild. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also issued a statement strongly urging opposition to the bill, but later issued another statement pledging they would not oppose the legislation but urged congress to change much of the language of the bill.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics
Radical Queer Folks Bring Alternative Message to Marriage Equality Debate on Beacon Hill
DSC00724.jpgOn Thursday, November 9th, Massachusetts’s citizens gathered on Beacon Hill in front of the State House to voice their opinions on same-sex marriage. On one side of the street assembled a large and lively demonstration in favor of equal marriage rights. On the other side, in front of the Boston Common was a smaller counter demonstration. Also attending the protest were a handful of local activists presenting a decidedly more radical queer side to the debate.
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13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing
Human Rights Violations in Oaxaca
seis.jpgOaxaca is living a brutal government represión of the social movement, where there are disappearances, torture, detentions, killings, and many injured. Given the situation, it is difficult to know exactly how many people have been affected, but there is no doubt that there are severe violations of human rights. According to one list, compiled by local activists, from June 14th through November 5th, there were 145 detained, 34 of who have been freed, 17 dead, and 33 seriously injured, including 5 journalists injured and one killed. Some sources speak of 65 disappeared. There are numerous people who have also received death threats.

Below is an interview with one of the members of a collective working to defend human rights and documenting cases of violations.
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10 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Protesters for Oaxaca Gather in Boston: Mexican Consul Confronted at a Day of the Dead Celebration at Harvard
DSC00505.jpgBoston, Mass. – About 150 protesters from several cities in Massachusetts (Boston, Worcester, New Bedford) and Providence, Rhode Island, joined forces to protest in front of the Mexican consulate yesterday to raise awareness and demand justice for the people’s resistance in Oaxaca. They did so as an international red alert was raised from Oaxaca announcing that Radio Universidad was being attacked by federal forces injuring 15 men and 9 women between the ages of 19 and 78 years old; at least one person has been reported to be in grave condition. The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), a democratically elected body with representatives from worker, teacher, student, and women groups, are asking for the immediate resignation of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, who is accused of having created a repressive and corrupt state in Oaxaca.
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03 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Providence RI Solidarity Vigil Reportback
284617979_6ebf0c3dd6.jpgProvidence, Rhode Island -- On Monday Oct 30th at noon, 20 folks gathered outside the Federal Building in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca and in remembrance of Brad Will and all those killed in the struggle for justice in Oaxaca.

We will see you in Boston at 4pm at the Mexican Consulate on Thursday Nov 2nd.
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31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor
Sunday, October 29th: The Federal Invasion of Oaxaca City
oaxaca.jpgOn October 29th thousands of riot police from the Federal Preventative Police (PFP), armed with shields, batons, and automatic weapons, began the invasion of Oaxaca City, the capital of Oaxaca state, Mexico. The federal forces, under the cover of snipers in helicopters, are using light tanks, water cannons, and bulldozers to slowly remove the hundreds of barricades that have blocked the streets of Oaxaca City since the police were run out of town in June by protesters demanding the resignation of the state governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

[See at the end of the article for actions planned in Boston, Worcester, and Providence. Listen to What's Left WMBR Radio interview of Juan Gonzalez, Council of Mayan Elders: http://wmbr.mit.edu/?p=sched-sun]
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30 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Boston McDonald’s Hit by Protests Against Labor Abuse
02.jpgBOSTON, MA – A group of young protesters braved the pouring rain to demonstrated at three local McDonald’s branches in downtown Boston today, Oct. 28.

They were calling on fast-food giant McDonald’s to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to help establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for McDonald’s suppliers. The young protesters, several of whom wore colorful scary “Ronald McDonald” halloween masks, entered the fast-food stores and distributed hundreds of leaflets documenting sweatshop conditions and human rights abuses in the Florida fields where McDonald’s tomatoes are grown.
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28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
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