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Apocalypse Soon
apocalypse copy.jpgTwo big stories a couple of weeks ago demonstrate great threats approaching Massachusetts and the planet that will challenge progressives' ability to build a successful social movement while keeping our civilization intact. Humanity ignores these warning signs at our collective peril.
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28 Aug 2005 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment
Bikes not Bombs looking for a new home
BNB.jpgJAMAICA PLAIN.—Keeping the enormous steel thicket of bicycles, at 59 Amory St. organized and manageable is a tall enough task for Bikes Not Bombs' (BNB) industrious volunteers, yet founder Carl Kurz and his bike mechanic cadres now face an even bigger challenge. Moving.

The organization has been a tenant-at-will for over two years. Only a few other possibilities for a home have presented themselves since then, none were perfectly matched. Without a lease, members of the group worry that the building may be sold or the owners may decide to renovate.

“We’re part of the fabric of JP that people love,” said Kurz, “if we move too far out we won’t be able to attract the same numbers of people and the same support, so it’s a tough problem.”
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26 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Organizing : Social Welfare
Green building gets green light in Jackson Square
usgbclogo300.jpgJamaica Plain’s non-profit neighborhood development corporations are slowly turning green, and the Jackson Square development may become their most environmentally sustainable project yet.

Partners for Jackson (PfJ), a partnership among Urban Edge, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the Hyde Square Task Force, recently received a grant for $100,000 from the Green Building Production Network (GBPN) to study the feasibility of various green features for the development as well as an $100,000 interest-free loan to offset the up-front costs of the design process. PfJ was among four projects selected out of 10 applicants in the Greater Boston Area.
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26 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment
Somerville Theater pulls contract on the Reagan Babies' Jesus Christ Terrorist
collagerb22portfolio.jpgThe Somerville Theatre has just informed us-- the Reagan Babies, a local band/performance group (www.reaganbabies.com)-- that our scheduled October 29th event, the final performance of "Jesus Christ Terrorist," a rock opera, has been cancelled despite a contract that was signed over three months ago and thousands of pre-production dollars spent. Theatre representative, Sherri Belski, claims that her decision to pull the contract was a result of the theater's insurance carrier refusing to cover the event. However, upon further discussion with Ms. Belski it has become clear that there was more to it and that, in fact, it is likely that the political content of the performance is at question.
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17 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Media
Youth and allies defy mall owners assault on freedom of assembly
The war on youth by the bosses and their agents in the United States is waged through many forms of state repression including police occupation of their communities and the super-exploitation of their labor power.

Another form of repression that’s increasing, especially at a time of increased youth rebellion to Pentagon recruitment and other attacks-is the abolition of, or restricting of access to, public or defacto public spaces.
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16 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Non-Violent Activists Protest Mountain Top Removal, Meet With Police Brutality
blockade.jpgFor the last few months a national mobilization called Mountain Justice Summer has been underway in Southern Appalachia to raise awareness about the devestating effects mountain top removal mining and put an end to this devestating practice. Boston Indymedia received a report this morning that MJS activists were set to undertake the first ever mountain occupation to protest and take direct action against mountain top removal.

Here is how it went
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15 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Politics
7th Circuit Greenlights University Censorship
Censorship is not just for high school students anymore. Still reeling from the Supreme Court's 1998 Hazelwood decision [http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/civics/usgov] that severely restricted high school journalists' 1st amendment rights, young journalists--particularly young activist journalists--now have another strike against them in the form of the 7th Circuit Court decision, Hosty v. Carter, covered in this week's Village Voice [http://villagevoice.com/arts/0531,education3,66452,12.html].
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15 Aug 2005 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Politics
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls Hits the Northeast
rock_girlsonstge2.jpgAn offshoot of the original Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls that recently sprung up on the west coast, the Willie Mae Rock Camp was organized by feminist musicians and offered workshops on such topics as anti-oppression, instrument instruction, and self-defense.

Feminist musicians had been organizing for about a year to bring the first Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls to New York City. It took place August 8th through the 12th near Central Park. The camp was open to all self-identified girls ages 8 through 18, and drew around 80 kids from around the city by working through local Girls Clubs and schools, offering a sliding-scale tuition. To hear interviews with the girls and others, listen to the posted .mp3.
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16 Aug 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Gender : Media : Organizing
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