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Outraged Community Residents Sue to Stop BU's Federally Funded Bio-Lab
bubanner.jpgLaw Suit Alleges Violations of the National Environmental Policy Act

This is a summary of the law suit filed on May 18th by community activists in the Southend and Roxbury who want to stop BU's proposed Bio-Saftey Level 4 lab from being built.
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19 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Help Save the South Central Farm - PHOTO ESSAY
01.jpgThe city of Los Angeles is trying to take the collective South Central Farm away from the community. The struggle to save the farm might have implications to urban gardeners and urban community farmers in Boston and across the nation.
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15 May 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Biolab Protestor Arrested at BU President Robert Brown’s Inauguration Ceremony
brown_1_1.jpgToday, during the inaugural ceremony of Robert Brown as Boston University's 10th president, a biolab protestor was arrested after speaking up against the lab - while two other protestors were escorted off the premises. “Boston University has now resorted to arresting those who voice opinions against the biolab. What next?” said Dylan Bergman, area resident. “It’s pretty clear they’ll do whatever it takes in order to silence the issue.”
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28 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : Social Welfare
Rally and Education Day to Demand CORI Reform
DSC03031.jpgOrganizations, groups and citizens from across Massachusetts gathered on the Boston Commons Thursday April 20th to demand CORI reform.
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21 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Operation: Over Occupies BU President Robert Brown's Office
bulab.jpgBoston, MA--This morning seven individuals began an occupation of Boston University President Robert Brown’s office in protest of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL4) Laboratory. At approximately 9:20am, seven protestors entered Brown’s office, informed the staff that a nonviolent occupation was occurring and asked them to leave. After Brown and the staff refused to leave, the protesters linked arms in Brown’s office and started the occupation.
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20 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics : Social Welfare
Diversions Unlimited
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Rockland, MA--The enforcement of our Bill of Rights and United States Constitution has become income-based. When abusive, politically-connected corporations merge, individuals are in danger of losing more freedoms, rights, and protections. Who benefits most from subsidized housing complexes?

Why is enough never enough for previous and new corporate landlords at Rockland Place Apartments, located in Rockland, Massachusetts? Low-income residents received another notice for request to increase rents on April 7, 2006. If Mass Housing approves this request, low-income tenants are denied any right to dispute rent increases until 2009. While convenient for some, this approval would be another way to disrespect and disempower low-income residents. A fair and understandable request would be for 1-year at a time, from 3 to 5% for 2006.
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19 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Social Welfare
The Threat Of Compulsory Insurance
400px-Flag_of_the_Red_Cross.svg.pngThe precedent of compelling drivers to purchase private auto insurance is bad enough, but one can opt out. One doesn't have to drive, they say. The only way to opt out of compulsory health insurance, however, would be to die.
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06 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Media : Politics : Social Welfare
Concerned citizens "die" at BU biolab site
die-in3.jpgA crowd of people gathered outside the site of BU's proposed biolab late Tuesday afternoon and fell down "dead," faces streaked with fake blood. "We wanted to show the public what an outbreak might look like," said Derek Garcia, a Boston-area resident. The street theater, which was staged by anti-biolab protestors, was intended to draw attention to the dangers of placing a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facility in the middle of a densely-populated urban area. Participants included members of the direct action campaign Operation: Over, people from the Coalition to Stop the Bioterrorism Lab, and members of the Green-Rainbow Party.
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05 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
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