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Venezuela expands heating oil discounts in Northeast and beyond
HugoChavez1824.jpegOn Jan. 12 Maine State governor John Baldacci with representatives from the state’s heating oil assistance program and the Venezuelan government signed a contract with CITGO to provide eight million gallons of heating oil at a 40 percent discount to low-income residents.

A statewide heating assistance program in Massachusetts began Nov. 22 and a similar program in The Bronx started Dec. 6 and more than half-a-dozen more are imminent.
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17 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / International
Saturdays Boston Common Anti Israeli Wall Demo Report Back
wall foto.jpgAbout 15 Palestine solidarity activists gathered on the Boston common Saturday to protest the ongoing occupation and theft of land by Israeli forces throughout the west bank. We gathered to educate people about the hardship it causes the residents of Bethlehem and Jerusalem both Christian, Muslim and other. Due to media and Israeli military censorship people are generally unable to witness the construction of the wall first hand and to see the racism of the occupation and its structures.
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03 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
Rep. Delahunt co-sponsors "Medicare for All" bill (HR 676)
hcare_bus.gifRep. William Delahunt is the seventh member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to co-sponsor HR 676, the "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform written by Rep. John Conyers.

"Skyrocketing costs, deteriorating quality of care, loss of insurance coverage and access to essential services is affecting everyone's health care," said Congressman Delahunt. "Common sense solutions like extending Medicare to cover everyone can save money while improving quality and access to health care for all. That's why I've decided to co-sponsor HR 676."
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19 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Louise Arbour Speaks about International Justice
#media_8659;left# Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, spoke to Boston students at the JFK Library last week in a special event commemorating International Human Rights Day. Arbour’s address reflected on the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials and discussed what needs to be done in today’s world to help end human suffering.
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15 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Rosa Parks Human Rights Day March
DSCN1391.jpgOver 500 people participated in the "Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War" march that began on Dudley Street in Jamaica Plain and went all the way to City Hall in Boston flanked by two rows of police on bikes and motorcycles. The march had an impressive concurrence from the black community and was well received by people who waved, hand-gestured for peace, and honked their cars on the streets. The highlight of the day was when marchers reached Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and exchanged calls of solidarity with dozens of students hanging from windows, shouting "Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks!" but were not allowed to join the crowd. Inspirational speakers for the day included Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, Felix Arroyo, Rev. Franklin Hobbs, Minister Rodney Muhammad, and local activists.

On Oct. 26, the Boston City Council passed a 13-0 resolution in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' defiance to segregation in the US, and encouraged businesses and schools to close for the day of December 1st. Activists in New York, Baltimore and Detroit also organized events and hope to get a similar resolution passed in their cities.
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03 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Eyes Wide Open: A Glimpse at the Futility of War
EyesWideShutCopleyPlazaBoston.jpgEyes Wide Open is an exhibit created by the American Friends Service Committee meant to spark political awareness and critique the ongoing tragedies of the war in Iraq.

From November 1st – 8th the Eyes Wide Open exhibit was displayed in Boston, culminating at Copley Square. Eyes Wide Open is an exhibit created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in association with Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. This exhibit uses military combat boots and civilian shoes to illustrate the human costs of the war in Iraq.
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02 Dec 2005 | Filed under: News / Politics
Venezulea delivers subsidized heating oil for thousands of Massachusetts residents
citgoquestion.jpgIn a resounding gesture of humanitarian internationalism, CITGO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, began shipping 12 million gallons of discounted home-heating oil for 45,000 low-income families’ and local social service organizations in Massachusetts the week of Nov. 27.

A similar program began in the Bronx this week and preliminary discussions regarding possible CITGO heating oil subsidies are taking place in Maine and other parts of the U.S. where blistering cold weather is a factor.
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29 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / International
Out of School and Into the Military
image001.jpg“All my life I’ve liked the military,” said Adrian Paez, a Colombian immigrant and a senior at East Boston High School. At 17 years old, Adrian has not doubts about joining the US armed forces. “When I think of the army, I don’t think about dying,” he said, “I think of everything I can do, everything I can learn, everything I can be.”

Adrian fled Colombia with his family to escape rural violence and economic adversity in an increasingly militarized society. A year after arriving to the United States, he became a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Core (JROTC) at East Boston High where he has been learning the basics of military training for the past three years. His real name is not being used in this story to protect him from getting deported.
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28 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Politics
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