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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
Archdiocese of Boston Abandons Children in Need of Adoption
st_francis_assisi_compress.jpgFor over 100 years, the Catholic Charities of Boston has provided loving homes for children by finding adoptive parents for them. Because of disputes about gay parents, they have decided to stop providing adoption services at all.

The social welfare organization, Catholic Charities of Boston, has decided to end its adoption program on the grounds that if they comply with Massachusetts law allowing for gay parents to adopt children that they will violate Church teachings.
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12 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Human Rights : Social Welfare
Peoples Victory in Picariello Case!
20050728-Free-Speech-Radio.jpgPeoples Victory in Picariello Case!

After two years of courtroom battle, a very significant peoples' victory was won in court today in the case against longtime anti-war activist Richard Picariello. Picariello was acquitted on all charges in the first of the two cases. And the defense motion was granted to dismiss the second case arising out of a protest at a 2004 Bush fundraiser in Boston because of prosecution failure to provide required discovery information.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried
south-dakota.pngOn February 24th, the state of South Dakota passed a ban on nearly all abortions. The ban, which is expected to take effect this July, will shut down the state's one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, forcing many pregnant females to travel long distances or perhaps seek underground providers. The ban is expected to challenge Roe versus Wade, the 33-year-old legislation that legalized abortion in the U.S.

As co-founder of the National Network of Abortion Funds and organizer of Hampshire College's annual reproductive justice conference, Marlene Gerber Fried has a long history within the reproductive justice movement. On Tuesday, February 28th, she spoke near Boston about the meaning of South Dakota's abortion ban. This is an audio recording of her lecture.

[For the whole story, please listen to the posted .mp3 audio file]
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05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction
cause5.jpgLast Wednesday, February 15th, students from the BU School of Theology tied themselves to a civil rights memorial on campus in protest of the construction of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 laboratory that would test deady diseases on animals and put nearby residents at risk. Calling the lab an act of environmental racism, some students flyered and spoke to crowds passing by.

[Listen to the posted .mp3 radio piece for the whole story.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Anti-Biolab Protesters Visit BU President Brown’s Home for a Second Time
browndemo2.jpgRoughly 30 concerned citizens chanted slogans and wielded signs and banners in front of BU President Robert Brown’s house late Monday night, for the second time in one week, to protest BU’s proposed Biolab in the Roxbury / South End area which could break ground as early as this month. Activism against the Biolab, which will likely be performing illegal research on deadly pathogens such as tularemia and Ebola, has been on the rise since it recently gained Federal approval to be built against the community’s wishes.
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14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Health Care Amendment Campaign Gaining Momentum; Supporters Plan Action for May 10th Constitutional Convention
health2.jpgBOSTON, MA - February 10, 2006 - Representatives from 30 labor and community groups have joined 50 other organizations committed to support passage of the Health Care Amendment that would guarantee every Massachusetts resident access to affordable coverage for medically necessary health and mental health care services. The amendment will be on the agenda of the Constitutional Convention slated to meet again on May 10th.
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13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
BU President Brown Confronted at His Home About Proposed Biolab
flier.jpgA dozen Boston University (BU) students and other concerned citizens gathered outside of BU President Robert Brown's $4.5 million house in Brookline protesting the proposed BU Biolab in Roxbury / South End. The Biolab, which has recently gained federal approval for construction, could break ground as soon as this month, against the community's wishes.
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09 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
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