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Somerville 5 Jury Returns Mixed Verdict
Boston--After deliberating all day, jurors found Somerville Five defendants Calvin Belfon, Jr and Isaiah Anderson 'not guilty' of all felony charges but 'guilty' of several misdemeanors. Their lawyers immediately filed appeals on their behalf. A quiet tension greeted the jurors as they filed into the courtroom at 4:15 in the afternoon. Several of the jurors smiled. But the smiles were deceptive, and soon there were tears in the eyes of friends, family members, and supporters as the indictments and verdicts were read out and repeated back one by one, according to a precise ritual ordained by the Commonwealth.
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23 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Making Technology Relevant to Nonprofit and Social Change Groups
OClogo.jpgOn June 17, 2006 the Boston based Organizer's Collaborative (OC) held their 7th annual Grassroots use of Technology Conference (http://organizerscollaborative.org) at UMass Boston's bayside campus. The Organizer's Collaborative is an organization of over 500 individual members and member orgs that are working together to advance the use of technology for social change. OC believes that all non-profits and community groups, regardless of size or income, should have access to up-to-date technology that enhances their ability to carry out their mission.
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19 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Organizing : Technology
Roxbury Organizers Continue to Fight Biolab
biolab.jpgDespite the recent ground-breaking of Boston University's BioSafety Level 4 laboratory, Roxbury organizers are still trying to stop its construction. The lab, which would test deadly pathogens such as anthrax and ebola, purportedly using scores of animals in the process, would be located next to the Roxbury neighborhood, putting Roxbury residents at grave risk in the case of a leak.
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11 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
43 Events to Resist the Green Scare World Wide
grandjury graphic red.GIFBoston--December 7, 2005, marked the beginning of the largest roundup of environmental and animal rights activists in U.S. history. There have now been nearly 20 arrests and many Grand Jury subpoenas.

The nation-wide sweep of arrests, dubbed “Operation Backfire,” has been described by the FBI as a major hit to environmentalists and animal rights activists who engage in destruction of property as a means to defend wild lands and lives of animals. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated in January that, “Investigating and preventing animal rights and environmental extremism is one of the FBI’s highest domestic priorities”.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9th: benefit show and screening of 22/8. SUNDAY, JUNE 11th: symbolic demo at the federal building where different organizations will be speaking about the green scare.
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09 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
T Fare Hike Hearings Off to a Rough Start
kenmore2.jpgBoston -- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority held the first of a series of public hearings about a proposed subway and bus fare increase Tuesday in an overflowing and contentious meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Hundreds of people filled the room in the library’s Copley Square branch to express their opposition to the fare increase.
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07 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
NEW ENGLAND CULTURE FEST 2006
culturefest ad.jpgTo help promote and raise awareness about fair trade and human rights in second and third world countries through the use of entertainment, such as music and film, food, and other cultural experiences
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04 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
Photos - Atenco March - May 28th - Mexico City
pigspray.jpg*I posted this in the local section because I'm local.

These are photos of the best demo I have ever been to. For the time being these are a Boston Indymedia exclusive.

Feel free to repost them.
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08 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Brian Conley, Independent Journalist from Boston, hosts Online Videoblog from Iraq
151183534_56de348418.jpgThis first episode details the situation of displaced Iraqis who are now living in a refugee camp outside Fallujah.

The included video was provided to us by an Iraqi production team at a press conference concerning the camp. The footage was provided to the Rafidain channel, but as far as we know has not aired previously. The audio leaves something to be desired, but everything has been subtitled in English.

The next episode will detail the lives of refugees in the Ruweishid Refugee camp on Jordan’s border with Iraq. We expect to upload one episode per week, on Monday or Tuesday, as well as various full-length interviews throughout the week.
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01 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / International
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