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Rep. Delahunt co-sponsors "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
hcare_bus.gifRep. William Delahunt is the seventh member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to co-sponsor HR 676, the "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform written by Rep. John Conyers.

"Skyrocketing costs, deteriorating quality of care, loss of insurance coverage and access to essential services is affecting everyone's health care," said Congressman Delahunt. "Common sense solutions like extending Medicare to cover everyone can save money while improving quality and access to health care for all. That's why I've decided to co-sponsor HR 676."
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19 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Louise Arbour Speaks about International Justice
#media_8659;left# Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, spoke to Boston students at the JFK Library last week in a special event commemorating International Human Rights Day. Arbour’s address reflected on the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials and discussed what needs to be done in today’s world to help end human suffering.
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15 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Rosa Parks Human Rights Day March
DSCN1391.jpgOver 500 people participated in the "Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War" march that began on Dudley Street in Jamaica Plain and went all the way to City Hall in Boston flanked by two rows of police on bikes and motorcycles. The march had an impressive concurrence from the black community and was well received by people who waved, hand-gestured for peace, and honked their cars on the streets. The highlight of the day was when marchers reached Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and exchanged calls of solidarity with dozens of students hanging from windows, shouting "Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks!" but were not allowed to join the crowd. Inspirational speakers for the day included Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, Felix Arroyo, Rev. Franklin Hobbs, Minister Rodney Muhammad, and local activists.

On Oct. 26, the Boston City Council passed a 13-0 resolution in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' defiance to segregation in the US, and encouraged businesses and schools to close for the day of December 1st. Activists in New York, Baltimore and Detroit also organized events and hope to get a similar resolution passed in their cities.
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03 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Out of School and Into the Military
image001.jpg“All my life I’ve liked the military,” said Adrian Paez, a Colombian immigrant and a senior at East Boston High School. At 17 years old, Adrian has not doubts about joining the US armed forces. “When I think of the army, I don’t think about dying,” he said, “I think of everything I can do, everything I can learn, everything I can be.”

Adrian fled Colombia with his family to escape rural violence and economic adversity in an increasingly militarized society. A year after arriving to the United States, he became a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Core (JROTC) at East Boston High where he has been learning the basics of military training for the past three years. His real name is not being used in this story to protect him from getting deported.
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28 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Politics
New Anti-Insurgency Tactic has Gained Wide Appeal in Iraq
51822806_c2ef3425b6.jpgIt was recently revealed, in a US-backed raid, that torture is going on under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior. Despite the apparent media blackout on the topic, torture has been an ongoing tactic of the counter-insurgency work in Iraq. At first it was employed at Abu Ghraib and possibly other US military establishments in Iraq, and it quickly became a prime tactic of the newly formed Iraqi Police and Iraqi National Guard.
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22 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
BU Biolab Protest Pictures
00020.jpgBU is having a Global Health Initiative conference and one of the events was in a BU auditorium where BU President Robert Brown introduced other speakers (including the US surgeon general), plugging the proposed bioweapons lab in South End/Roxbury. Activisits with the BU Peace & Justice Project and Boston Mobilization staged a protest during President Brown's speech. The Global Health Initiative is supposed to promote public healthcare, not top secret military research. Here are pictures.
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16 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology
Human Rights Activists Discuss Torture at Amnesty International Conference
Kibria2a.jpgHuman rights activists came together at Amnesty International's Northeast Regional Conference at Boston University this weekend. Dr Nazli Kibria of Boston University (photo) was a guest speaker.

The issue of torture was a key discussion at this year’s Amnesty International Northeast Conference held at Boston University this weekend. The Bush Administration criticized Amnesty’s annual report earlier this year which quoted Irene Khan, Secretary General of the human rights organization, as saying that the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo was “the gulag of our time.”
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15 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Boston plans for the December 1 'Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War'
Rosa-Parks.gifPlanning for the Dec. 1 Rosa Parks National Day of Absence jumped into high gear as more than 60 representatives from a broad cross-section of labor and community organizations met on Nov. 5 and agreed to hold a series of militant actions in Boston on Dec. 1 to honor the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks arrest for her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. These Boston actions will be part of the Dec. 1 National Day of Absence against Poverty, Racism and War.
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09 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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