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As We Protest Today, Remember Those in Trouble for Speaking Out!
As Bostonians join with thousands of others around the world protesting the war today, we must remember those who face police reprisal for their protests. One is Massachusetts organizer Camilo Viveiros, arrested protesting the Republican National Convention in 2000, whose trial is coming on April 5.
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21 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Seaboard Corp Publicly Revealed in Boston Area for Indigenous Rights Abuse in Argentina
walkingaway.jpgActivists from Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts brought the voices of the Ava Guarani to the front steps and office doors of the Seaboard Corporation this afternoon. This action was part of an international coalition, Alerta Salta (www.Alerta-Salta.org.ar), which has formed to support the indigenous community in Salta, Argentina. This Ava Guarani community has been displaced and severely repressed at the command of the San Martin del Tabacal sugar refinery, which is owned by the US-based Seaboard Corporation.
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19 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Race
Boston Police to keep protesters away from Democratic Convention
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has met with stiff resistance in negotiations with the Boston Police Department regarding protester access to the Democratic National Convention site.
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12 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights
Rhode Island's War on Anarchism
If you live in Rhode Island, you could get ten years in prison just for reading this. I have on my desk right now a copy of the new Rhode Island "homeland security" bil proposed by Governor Carcieri. It's an 18 page document, and right on the first page, before talking about weapons of mass destruction or poisoning the water system or anything else that a rational person might consider "terrorism", it says "any person who shall teach or advocate anarchy" will go to prison for ten years. Of course, we're not just going to roll over and let the government fuck us. We're going to fight this the right way, the anarchist way.

Update: The day after submitting the "homeland security" bill, Governor Carcieri withdrew it.
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01 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics
With the Gary Sampson Death Sentencing, Activists Say No to the Federal Death Penalty
sampson-main.jpgOn Thursday, January 29, Federal Judge Mark L. Wolf formally sentenced convicted killer Gary Sampson to death by lethal injection or hanging. In Judge Wolf’s own sentencing statement, he made it clear that the reason for Sampson’s death sentence was purely for retribution – not deterrence or rehabilitation. He was required by law to give the death sentence when recommended by a jury. Opponents of the death penalty gathered on Thursday to hold banners and signs outside the courthouse in a vigil to say that the death penalty is not the answer to the pain of the victim’s families, to whom they offered their greatest sympathies. During the course of day, protestors were harassed and discriminated against by police, security and courthouse staff.
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31 Jan 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
New Year’s Eve Vigil Against the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the Wall
DCP_0001-2.JPGOn December 31, 2003, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the midst of Boston’s New Year’s festivities, a group of about forty people held a vigil near the Park St. T-stop against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. This has become an annual event, and the focus of this year’s vigil was the Wall (called by some the “Apartheid Wall”) that Israeli is building in the midst of the Occupied Territories, which it invaded in and has controlled since 1967. Although the current Israeli government, lead by Ariel Sharon, claims that the Wall is for security purposes--to prevent suicide bombers--many feel that it has little to do with security. Its primary purpose seems to be to annex valuable Palestinian agricultural land and water aquifers to Israel. Critics of the occupation argue that the Wall and the occupation simply create more terrorism by destroying Palestinians’ livelihoods and any hope they have of a peaceful settlement, driving them into despair and the feeling as though they have nothing to live for anyway.
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03 Jan 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Charges Against Van Der Meer Dropped
A judge ratified an agreement (for "pre-trial probation") under which all the charges against Tony Van Der Meer were essentially dropped. Last April 3, Van Der Meer - a Black professor of Africana studies at UMass Boston - was assaulted and arrested by campus police after challenging an Army National Guard recruiter on campus who had threatened student Tony Naro as he handed out flyers for an anti-war commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Van Der Meer tried to mediate the tense situation, but five officers put him under arrest.
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23 Dec 2003 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
POLITICAL HARASSMENT: The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's Radical Bookstore, Visited by the Secret Service
On Friday, November 7, an agent from the Secret Service paid a visit to the Lucy Parsons Center, a long-time radical bookstore and infoshop in Boston. Earlier in the week the bookstore received a suspicious piece of mail allegedly sent from the bookstore and containing questionable material. The Secret Service acting on ?intelligence reports? was investigating this mail which had been reported to the National Lawyers Guild, but not to the Secret Service. Whether this was an isolated incident, or the beginning of a larger campaign of harassment and intimidation (leading up to next summer's Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Boston) is not known to us at this point.<br>[ <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18022&group=">full story</a> | <a href="http://www.tao.ca/~lucyparsons">Lucy Parsons Center</a> ]
11 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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