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Boston Activists Die-In To Protest Merrill Lynch's Funding of Dirty Energy
398114728_66f303c0dc.jpgOn Wednesday Feb. 21, local Boston environmental and human rights advocates in collaboration with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staged a dramatic "die-in" in from of the Merrill Lynch office downtown at One Financial Center.

Activists fell to the ground crying black tears and spitting up pollution sludge, while "medics" dressed in hazmat suits and masks attempted to save their lives. Other demonstrators, also in hazmat suits, were barred from entering the building as they attempted to deliver a letter demanding Merrill Lynch's Boston branch help stop the bank's financing of TXU's dirty energy plan.
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22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
Local 201 members meet to oppose cuts in GE health care benefits
STP60730.JPGLynn, MA – With less than four months before the start of national GE contract negotiations, a top union negotiator told almost 300 GE's River Works union members and retirees that there is no good economic reason for GE to shift its medical costs to employees.

Steve Tormey, from the United Electrical Workers Union, spoke with IUE-CWA Local 201 members about GE's real health care costs and why it is important to oppose any cuts in health care benefits.
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25 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
Boston Area Residents Rally Against Proposal to Build Diesel Power Plant in Chelsea
Pplant.jpgArea residents are preparing to rally against Chelsea Energy LLC, an affiliate of Cape Wind, which has proposed the construction of a 250-megawatt diesel burning peak power plant along the Chelsea Creek, in the heart of a densely populated area adjacent to Chelsea's Burke Elementary School Complex. This prospect has united local residents, city council officials, and state representatives from area communities to fight the energy giant.

The proposed construction of a power plant only hundreds of feet from an elementary school in Chelsea, Massachusetts, has outraged the entire region.
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09 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Media : Organizing : Social Welfare
Memorial Planned for Local Activist Eric Weinberger
winkeric.JPGBoston, Mass--Eric Weinberger, a lifelong activist and organizer in the civil rights, anti–nuclear, and anti–war movements, died on December 15, 2006. Eric was best known in Boston for his work with Food Not Bombs, an organization which provides free food to the hungry year–round in public parks.

Eric will be remembered by many people for many things, but throughout it all he carried himself with dignity and an extreme humbleness. He devoted his entire life to working for justice, easing the hardships of others, and serving as a mentor and inspiration to many younger activists.
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06 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Low-Income Tenents Fight Harvard's Expansion
housing.jpgHarvard is eyeing Lower Allston for campus expansion, threatening to relocate low-income tenents and allegedly build a biolab which would vivisect animals for medical research. A rally on December 14th confronted Harvard's plans.

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19 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Giant Images Targeting BioTerror Lab Projected on Buildings in Downtown Boston
DSC00209.jpgOn Monday night, October 30th, members of The Stop the Biolab Coalition used "Light Cannons" to project giant images onto buildings in the downtown Boston area. They utilized this creative technology to expose the true costs of Boston University’s proposed BioSafety Lab Level 4 (BSL4).

The 50 plus foot high photos and messages expressed concerns about the deadly germs, such as Ebola and Anthrax, that will be brought into Boston’s communities for use at the BSL4 in the Roxbury/South End area.
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31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Checking the Ingredients of Private Health Insurance
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A potentially sickening, if not fatal, flaw in the Mass Health Plan is that private insurers are still involved. They have motive and corporate duty to provide as little service as possible, for as much cost as possible --- for starters.

Of all the health plans being suggested and tried in attempts to fix the disastrous, homicidal, inhumane, abysmally costly current U.S. health system, the worst by far are the ones that compel or coerce citizens to purchase insurance from private, for-profit insurance businesses. This monster has arisen in Massachusetts and is threatened in Vermont, Rhode Island and elsewhere.
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04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Social Welfare
Beyond the Living Wage: A New Challenge for Progressives
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Over the past dozen years, probably no grassroots campaign has excited progressives more and generated more real victories than the living wage movement.

Over 120 communities, big and small alike, have now enacted ordinances that require businesses that win government contracts to pay a living wage. These victories have made an undeniable impact. Low-wage workers from Baltimore to Los Angeles have seen their annual take-home pay rise by hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
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04 Sep 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics : Social Welfare
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