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Modified Ribbons Distributed Across Boston in Remembrance of Lives Lost in Iraq
ribbons2.jpgOn Monday, March 20, 8 people rode their bikes all over Boston distributing modified "Support Your Troops" ribbons. Over 200 ribbons had been collected over the last two years. The ribbons were spray-painted black with the message "100,000 Dead" accompanied by a peace sign inscribed in white. "We wanted to show that for some people, life isn’t just 'business as usual': our Iraqi sisters and brothers are being killed everyday. The ribbon is also a popular symbol of comodified patriotism: we wanted to transform that into a somber reminder of the consequences of such blind national allegiance," said Alia, one of the distributors.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Anti-Recruitment Demonstrations Mark Third Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
counterrecruitment1.jpgOn Monday morning, March 20, at around 11:00am, 10 protesters gathered outside the Northeastern University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) office on Huntington Avenue to protest the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. "We wanted to make sure nobody forgets that both Iraqi civilians and American soldiers are dying everyday," said one protester. The protesters used colorful chalk to transform the sidewalk into a collage of messages such as "100,000 Dead for what?", "Military recruiters out of our schools," "Death zone," and "Recruiting the poor to die for the rich." Protesters also drew chalk body outlines to represent the dead, both Iraqi and American.
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21 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Boston March 18 anti-war protest-photos
3-18-06 anti-war protest 006.jpgHere are a few photos of the Boston anti-war protest 3-18-06. About 2,500 protesters marched from Roxbury to downtown Boston .
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20 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics
Action in the third anniversary of Rachel Corrie's killing
olgacadireta 025.jpgBOSTON-March 16th. People gathered yesterday in Harvard Square in a vigil to remember Peace activist Rachel Corrie in the third aniversary of her death. Rachel was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in March 2003 when trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza strip.

Protesters lighted candles and read fragments of Rachel's emails from Palestine. The event was organized by the Bootcat Campaign (http://www.bootcat.org/news/) and Boston-to-Palestine (http://www.ismboston.org).
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19 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Feminism Meets Anarchism at Boston Gathering
LaRivoltaMarch20.jpgOn Saturday, March 4th, people from Boston and other cities gathered in Copley Square for an annual conference called "La Rivolta!" Workshops on indigenous women's resistance, international trafficking of sex workers, and anarchist parenting tied together the feminist and anarchist perspectives.

For the story, listen to the radio piece (posted as a .mp3 audio file).
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14 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Organizing : Politics
Cambridge's LISE Problem
lise.jpgTrue to form, for their new Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) Harvard University has spared no expense. Award-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo was hired to design the building with, according to the Harvard Gazette's Steve Bradt, "an unusual pearlescent façade that changes subtly with the day's lighting... sculpted pedestals... and an underground section designed to receive natural light." (1)

Local residents may live next door to a powder keg, but there's no doubt that keg will look fabulous.


BioLab Was Just the Beginning
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13 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
Henry Kissinger protest at JFK Library
henry k protest 3-11-06 001.jpgBoston--On Saturday, March 11, protesters gathered at the JFK Library in Boston to protest the appearance of war criminals Henry Kissinger and General Alexander Haig.

A two-day conference was held at the JFK Library next to University of Massachusetts on the Vietnam war. Featured speakers included Henry Kissinger(secretary of state under Richard Nixon) and General Alexander Haig(one of Nixon's generals who waged the Vietnam war). About 30 spirited protesters gathered across from the library at 10am to protest the appearance of these 2 war criminals.
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12 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics
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
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