US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC : http://boston.indymedia.org/
Boston.Indymedia
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Testimonies
Brad Presente

Other Local News

The Boston Underground (archive)
Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Candlelight vigil at city hall in support of the Community Stabilization Act
Despite the cold wind and dripping rain, over 60 people gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil organized by City Life/Vida Urbana in support of the Community Stabilization Act (CSA), which the city council will vote on, Wednesday.

The CSA would provide protections for tenants against rent gouging and unfair evictions by empowering elderly, disabled and low-income tenants to protest rent increases of over five percent. All other tenants would be given the right to protest rent increases of over ten percent. The bill would also provide protection against foreclosure for small homeowners.

[Update: The CSA lost 8-5 in the City Council vote.]
Read the full article » (8 comments)
08 Dec 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Youth Organized Anti-War Rally Sets the Mood for Resistance
IMG_0930.jpgUp and coming youth activists may be just the thing to breathe fresh life into Boston’s anti-war movement. Protesters at December 4th’s rally, which started at the Boston Commons bandstand and included a march down Newbury Street, exhibited an enthusiasm not seen at earlier demonstrations this year. More than 15 persons spoke and led the crowd in chanting various slogans, such as “Drop Bush Not Bombs!!!” and “Money for Schools Not War!!!” The day was peaceful for the most part, although after the march a group of about 50 persons decided to challenge the police and “take to the streets,” blocking traffic. Pushing matches and harsh words ensued but no arrests or serious injuries have been reported.
Read the full article » (116 comments)
06 Dec 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Organizing
Why I Support the Somerville Divestment Initiative: An Israeli's View
As an Israeli immigrant living in Somerville, I strongly support the Somerville Responsible Investment Resolution, which urges all investors in the city to divest from companies involved with Israel's human rights violations and from Israel Bonds. I am sad to see my country of origin hurling itself down a path of self-destruction and I feel a responsibility to stop it. The Israeli people are good people, you just have to shake them up and awaken them to the fact that they are heading in the wrong direction. And this is what this divestment initiative will do.

[Update: The Somerville Divestment Initiative failed to pass a vote by the city's Board of Alderman.]
Read the full article » (25 comments)
02 Dec 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Politics
Bostonians Rally on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine
PalestineFlag.gifOn November 29, 2004, the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, about forty people gathered from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for a rally in Harvard Square organized by the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR). They joined people around the world, expressing their solidarity with the people of Palestine in their struggle to end their occupation by Israel, an occupation that sees Palestinians murdered and humiliated on a daily basis, their homes and villages destroyed, and their best agricultural land and aquifers confiscated. As people at the protest argued, it is particularly important for Americans to oppose the Israeli occupation, because the United States government is not the even-handed broker in the conflict that it depicts itself as, but in fact Israel’s chief supporter worldwide.
Read the full article » (7 comments)
01 Dec 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Indian labor leaders to visit Boston
BOSTON -- A delegation of Indian labor leaders will address "outsourcing" and other international labor issues at a public event in Cambridge on December 2. Members of the tour are seeking a dialogue with U.S. workers about mutual interests in the fight to defend good jobs and ensure fair labor standards.
Read the full article »
30 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : International : Labor
Pilgrims, America's early terrorists
In Jabella Iraq yesterday, American and British soldiers fought street-to-street, raiding homes, taking prisoners, and killing Iraqis in a new military offensive dubbed Operation Plymouth Rock.

In Plymouth, at the rock itself, a crowd of close to four hundred Americans gathered beneath gray skies and a light sprinkling rain to commemorate the 35th National Day of Mourning, a tradition that aims to explode the myths that surround Thanksgiving. This year Iraq was held up as the latest example of European American’s continuing manifest destiny.
Read the full article » (11 comments)
27 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
City plays catch-up with Boston's bicycle activists
Back in September city councilors appeared surprised by the number of attendees at a hearing for crosswalk safety and the amount of anger they brought to the meeting. After last nights hearing, called to consider both bike safety in general and the appointment of a “bike czar” for the city, they should now realize that they have awoken a sleeping monster. Activists and citizens packed the Ianella chamber and instead of a line of individuals sounding off the hearing began with a well-organized power point presentation to the councilors by an informal organization of bicyclists and pedestrians. A comprehensive bike safety plan was requested and drawn out in detail for the councilors.
Read the full article » (5 comments)
24 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : Technology
Fixing Broken Promises; City calls hearing on Bike Safety
The flowery, warm prose of the Bicycle Friendly Communities 2003 awards report would make a Boston bike commuter’s heart skip a beat.

“The [bike path] network grew to over 240 miles… More than one-quarter of the city’s arterial streets have striped bike lanes or shoulders… bicycle access is fully integrated into the city’s light rail and bus system... Bicycle parking is provided [everywhere]… Motorists and bicyclists are educated to share the road…” What kind of utopian village is this? Well it’s not in Scandinavia, but it is in Boston’s U.S. polar opposite attitude-wise, Portland Oregon, land of the smiley happy people.

It may be hard to view the streets of Boston through the golden lenses of Portland’s bicycle La-La land, but there are still a few folks who can catch a wink of it if they squint and throw off their eye focus on a bright sunny day. These are Boston’s bike visionaries. They see Boston in terms of how it could be. Some have 10, 20, 30 years of advocacy under their belts, and precious little city-built biking infrastructure to show for it. “Getting a few ribbon racks takes ten years.” Says Carl Kurz, Organizer of Bikes-not-Bombs, “In the twenty years that I’ve been here there’s been a little over two or three blocks of bike lanes put in on the actual streets.”

Back in 1999, Boston was rated the least bike friendly city in the country by Bicycling magazine. The city council reacted. Mayor Menino jumped. The mayor vowed to fix the problems by instating a “Bike Czar” to address pedaler’s grievances. But the title wasn’t official. And other responsibilities were folded into the job description. Paul Shimeck, the man with the job, felt like his hands were tied. Then he was laid-off. Now Maura Hennigan, Boston City Councilor at-large and Menino-critic number one, wants the mayor to fulfill his original promises.

Tonight, [Monday Nov. 22nd 5:30pm-see below] Councilor Hennigan and the rest of the Council will hear the communities problems, misgivings and suggestions on the topic of Bike safety and whether t reinstate the Bike Czar.
Read the full article » (2 comments)
23 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Environment : Politics : Social Welfare : Technology
OPEN NEWSWIRE
Disclaimer
Local Interest
text 07/24/14
MDRC's Rent Reform Assault: Section 8 tenants vs. affordable housing industry ("0")
text image 07/23/14
Video-Photos: Boston Silent Vigil For Peace In Palestine/Israel ("0")
text image 07/22/14
Boston Area 'Market Basket' supermarket conflict - Nice Millionaire Boss vs Mean Millionaire Boss ("1")
text image 07/21/14
The Boston Herald: The 'Stupid Party' Newspaper ("0")
text image 07/19/14
19 Jul - 200 Protest at Park Street - ``Stop the Israeli War Machine - Defend the Palestinians!`` ("0")
text image 07/19/14
Mass Sen. Liz Warren Speaks at Netroots Conference ("0")
text image 07/18/14
Burn Cut Poison: Toxic Trillion Dollar Cancer Industrial Complex Of Radiation, Surgery, Chemotherapy .. ("1")
text 07/16/14
BI4J's 2nd Annual LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend! ("2")
text 07/15/14
CCB’s Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Commemoration ("0")
text image 07/15/14
Boston Billboards - Right Wingers Attack Abortion Rights! ("1")
All newswire listings...
Elsewhere
text image 07/24/14
Pres. Obama Greeted by Anti-War Protesters in SF ("1")
text image 07/23/14
Philippine president signs law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs ("0")
text image 07/22/14
Statement on the Gaza Genocide ("0")
text 07/22/14
Capitalism and War: Pope Francis ("0")
text image 07/21/14
15,000 Protest in London: "Stop the Israeli War Machine - Defend the Palestinians!" ("0")
text image 07/21/14
Already Abused by Cop, DA and Court, Occupy Protester Now Trashed by NY’s Leading Paper ("0")
text 07/21/14
Précis de la tyrannie ou les 64 bourgeoisies ("0")
text image 07/20/14
Oh No! Bob Kaplan Says Now It’s Moldova That Needs US "Help" ("1")
text image 07/20/14
Risk of Nuclear War Between Russia and the US ("1")
text image 07/20/14
German Artist Throws ‘NSA in Da House’ on U.S. Embassy in Berlin - Stop US Spying ("0")
text 07/19/14
The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith ("1")
text image 07/19/14
Hundreds Protest in Detroit Over Water Shut-Offs ("1")
All newswire listings...
 
Hidden articles...
View comments...