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Fair Trade Farmers Speak in Boston
silvia_arevalo.jpgCambridge, Mass. – Sponsored by Farm Aid, Oke USA, and the Student Labor Action Movement, four representatives of fair trade family-owned farming spoke last Thursday at Harvard University about their experiences as part of the People Before Profit: A Week of Action for Global Justice in Boston. Rich Bonanno from Methuen, Mass., Shirley Sherrod from Georgia, Tadesse Meskela, from Ethiopia, and Silvia Arevalo, from Ecuador, were invited to discuss the benefits reaped from and challenges still faced by small farmers all over the world.
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29 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : International : Labor : Organizing
Boston McDonald’s Hit by Protests Against Labor Abuse
02.jpgBOSTON, MA – A group of young protesters braved the pouring rain to demonstrated at three local McDonald’s branches in downtown Boston today, Oct. 28.

They were calling on fast-food giant McDonald’s to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to help establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for McDonald’s suppliers. The young protesters, several of whom wore colorful scary “Ronald McDonald” halloween masks, entered the fast-food stores and distributed hundreds of leaflets documenting sweatshop conditions and human rights abuses in the Florida fields where McDonald’s tomatoes are grown.
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28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: A Week of Action for Global Justice in Boston
Solidarity.gifWe, the Global Justice Revival Project, submit a call to action to activists in the Boston/Northeast area for a week of public action and community education around global justice. Resistance is fertile! Help us organize public actions against killer corporations and institutions in town like the WTO, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola, or organize something in your own community.
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25 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Announcement / International
Thousands March Against Water Privatization in El Salvador—In Solidarity, Boston Demonstrators Oppose Free Trade
10.17 agua march el salvador.jpgYesterday, October 17th, Boston solidarity activists presented to the Salvadoran consul a symbolic “People’s Reprieve” signifying the rejection of the CAFTA free trade agreement with the U.S. that opponents have dubbed a “Death Sentence” for the people of Central America.

The Boston demonstration was a show of solidarity with the thousands of people who took to the streets in El Salvador to defend the right of all Salvadorans to access water. The marchers, led by the public water workers union SETA, and including over 40 organizations, denounced the rightist ARENA government’s plan to privatize the public water system.
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18 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization
Lynne Stewart's Victory: Remains Free on Bail
lynne_stewart.jpgAfter fearing an indictment that could have landed her in jail for life, Lynne Steward claimed victory today as the judge handed a veridict of 28 months in prison for "extraordinarily severe criminal conduct" for distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client. She remains free on bail upon the appeal of her case.

Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights attorney known for her outspoken political views and representation of controversial clients. Last year, Lynne was convicted of providing material support to a terrorist organization for representing a client accused of terrorism.
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17 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Brookline High School Students Repudiate Columbus Day
DSC00023.jpgBrookline, Mass – The Tribal Community Alliance, a student organization at Brookline High School that works on raising awareness about indigenous rights, brought friends and supporters together to protest the Columbus Day holiday. Standing on Coolidge Corner with banners that read “Stop Celebrating Genocide” and “Support Indigenous People Day”, the protesters confronted what they say is a wrong account of history.
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10 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing
Columbus Day Celebrates Genocide
1_DSC00168.jpg(October 9, Boston, MA) As of 3 o’clock this morning the statue of Christopher Columbus standing in the North End has been drenched with red paint. This stain is a symbolic action celebrating the collaborative efforts of the privileged and the oppressed in the fight for collective liberation.
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10 Oct 2006 Modified: 12:24:13 PM | Filed under: News / Race
Boston Activists Hold Protest in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca
DSC00557.jpgBOSTON, MA -- At lunchtime on Friday October 5th, about 20 activists and concerned citizens from the Boston area gathered in front of the Mexican consulate

The protest event was part of a local and on-going campaign to show support for and solidarity with the demonstrators in Oaxaca and the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca (APPO).
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10 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing
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