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Poverty in Boston, What Poverty?
new_orleans.jpgThat’s exactly what an editor for the business section at the Boston Globe said during class at Harvard when I proposed writing a story about the correlation between the rise in crime and poverty in our city. I was dumbfounded and almost answered, “All you have to do is look outside your window,” as I remembered the men standing day after day on the street corners looking for work at my Somerville neighborhood. Then again, I didn’t know where the editor lived and the suburbs isn’t exactly a Boston hub for the homeless. The story idea was shut down, and we both moved on with our privileged lives.
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09 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Race
Menino Targeted for Supporting Biolab
shirt.jpgBoston Mayor Thomas Menino, a supporter of the dangerous "BioSafety Level- 4" (BSL-4) lab, was targeted by Operation: Over and other opponents of the proposed lab on Monday. Biolab opponents gathered at Boston City Hall for the fourth weekly death procession and for the beginning of their focus on the Mayor.
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09 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Biolab Opponents Find Success, Continue Struggle
biolab 012.jpgSafety Net members, plantiffs in a legal battle against the B.U. biolab, have one a victory over the past two days. For anyone who did not see the front page of the August 4 Boston Globe or the third page article in the Metro, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants ruled that the proposed bioterror lab would be illegal because Boston University did not properly obtain the necessary permits or file an adequate Environmental Impact Report.
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07 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Demonstrations for Justice in Lebanon Continue in Boston Area
01.jpgDemonstrators gathered in Copley Square on Wednesday evening to demand Israel immediately stop it's attacks on Lebanon. This was the third organized rally held at Copley in the past few weeks.

The protesters, many of them Lebanese-Americans, lined Dartmouth Street for several hours. They carried sings, waved Lebanese flags and chanted, "Stop the bombing now, ceasefire now" for the passing rush hour traffic.
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03 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Young Jews Stage Die In to Denounce Israeli Attacks on Civilians
southstation_die_in01.jpgBoston, Mass. – A group of young American Jews staged a "Die In" on Tuesday August 1, 2006 at South Station in downtown Boston to demonstrate their opposition to recent actions by the Israeli government in Lebanon and Gaza.
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01 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Race : War and Militarism
Third Death Procession Successful
biolab 007.jpgOn Monday, July 31, six Boston-area locals helped spread the word to other community members (and tourists) about the biolab and the dangers it poses to residents and visitors to our city. Unlike previous awareness-raising events by Operation: Over, this time participants also held a banner reading "Oppose the BU Biolab" at busy intersections (below). The event began at 4pm at the Park Street T Stop, proceeded down Tremont, stopped on the corner with Boylston (displaying the banner), continued to Copley where the banner was brought out again. By 7pm people had gone their separate ways, though one participant continued flyering back to Park Street.
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01 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Stop the Bombing of Lebanon Protest (Photo Essay)
04.jpgSeveral hundred Lebanese-Americans, religious leaders and concerned citizens gathered in Copley square Friday for a demonstration demanding an immediate end of the humanitarian and economic catastrophe in Lebanon as a result of Israel’s bombing and invasion of the country.

Supporters lined the streets waving red and white Lebanese flags and holding signs and banners denouncing Israeli aggression and killing of civilians. A heavy storm moved in halfway through the rally but most of the demonstrators stood their ground singing, chanting and dancing in the pouring rain.
02 Aug 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Little Resolved at BU Biolab Hearing
00047.jpgThe latest hearing yesterday for the controversial Boston University bioterrorism lab had lawyers for both sides haggling like vendors in a market bazaar. Much of the debate focused on the timing of future hearings and judicial review.

With construction already begun and an additional $35 million in federal funds scheduled to be released to BU in September, Judge Patti B. Saris worried that she would not have enough time to make an informed ruling before the issue was moot. "How do you expect me to rule by then?" she said. "I'm not an ATM machine."
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27 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Social Welfare
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