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Arrest, felony charges for protester at Boston military recruiter
21882_arrest-cuffing.jpgJoe Previtera, a twenty one year old student at Boston College, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felonies after dressing as a hooded Iraqi prisoner in front of a military recruitment center on Tremont St. in downtown Boston. In his arraignment today a Suffolk County District Attorney suggested that Mr. Previtera's bail be set at $10,000. However, a National Lawyers Guild attorney and Mr. Previtera's mother, also an attorney, persuaded the judge to free Previtera on personal recognizance.
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01 Jun 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Direct Action at Local Armed Forces Recruiting Center!
whole-scene-w-sign.jpgBOSTON- 5/26/04- A group of people got together to do an action at the Tremont St Armed Forces Career Center (AFCC) in Boston. JP and CW met NF and JM at the location. (11:00 am) JP donned a black hood, a loosing fitting black shawl, sandals and two black cords hanging from his hands. He was standing on top of a plastic milk crate. (11:25 am)

    This was a visual approximation of the infamous torture photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

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27 May 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Rally at Cambridge City Hall: Lafayette 8 and more
Around 5 pm on May 24th, 2004, protestors gathered outside Cambridge city hall demanding the dropping of all charges against the Lafayette 8. The Lafayette 8 were arrested on April 14th in Lafayette Square, Cambridge while working on a community cleanup process. The site, a now abandoned Shell station, had been seized by the city through eminent domain. Despites promises to convert it into a public park, the site had been left as a wasteland, replete with broken bottles and scrap-metal. At around 5:45 some of the protestors filed into the Cambridge City Council hall to support a resolution for increased civilian oversight of the police sponsored by Council Member Denise Simmons. The first speaker touched on the use of service revolvers in arresting unarmed minors and the defunct Police Review Advisory Board. Although mandated by the City Council, the city manager, Robert Healy, has yet to staff the board. Following several other speeches, the council moved to postpone the resolution.
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25 May 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Social Welfare
The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost – Yet Again
abuse5.jpgRacism being crucial to the killing, torture and humiliation of Iraqis, ostensibly called "abuse", is hardly mentioned in discussions on the subject. So that any attempt to reverse the horrors will remain largely cosmetic. To claim that the savagery wa the work of a few, courtesy digital technology, is to make the equally absurd claim that the brutal beating of Rodney King was a simple aberration and thus racism in American is a thing of the past. Please watch carefully the rhetoric of denial and see through it. Then perhaps, an appreciation of the depth of entrenchment of racism might throw some light as to what awaits Iraqis – the much touted “American moral values".
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12 May 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Race
Seattle WTO Arrestees Win Class Action Suit
wto-protest.jpg         Lawyers and activists in Seattle are putting out the ali-ali all come free call to the 155 activists arrested at first and broad streets on December 1st in the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. A class action lawsuit; Hickey v. City of Seattle has been won on their behalf by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) and the City of Seattle is paying $250,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. A second class action suit for people arrested inside the allegedly unconstitutional “no-protest zone” is still underway and awaiting the result of an appeal.
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11 May 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
International Solidarity Activists Successfully Talk to Seaboard President Despite Two Arrests
breskylisten.jpgInternational activists successfully penetrated SEABOARD Corporation annual shareholder’s meeting outside of Boston yesterday (Monday, April 26). SEABOARD, responsible for the eviction of at least two indigenous Guarani communities in Salta, Argentina, was confronted with photographs and the powerful stories of the Kolla and the Ava Guarani. Armed only with cameras and their voices, the activists were able to redirect the shareholders meeting to the issue of indigenous land rights in Salta, Argentina.
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28 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Race
Police Surveillance of Peaceful Demonstrators in Andover, MA
For several years running, the Andover Police Department has conducted surveillance of participants in legal, nonviolent demonstrations at the Raytheon facility on Rte. 133. Officers have photographed participants in demonstrations, taken down the license plate numbers of cars parked near demonstrations, and run warrant checks on organizers whose names have appeared in newspaper articles about the demonstrations.
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16 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Arrests at Homes Not Jails event
Eight people were arrested Wednesday night for a Homes Not Jails event in Lafayette Square, Cambridge were arraigned on felony charges in Middlesex County Courthouse Thursday morning.

The six adults in the case have been charged with two felonies: breaking & entering and possession of tools for burglary. They are all scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on May 26th.
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15 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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