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When Freedom of Expression Becomes a Weapon
freedomofexpression.gifMost of us are now well aware of the caricatures of the prophet Mohammad, solicited by and published last September in the right-wing Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. This week several publications resurrected those controversial images of Mohammad as a bomb-turbaned terrorist and another where he refuses suicide bombers entry into Heaven as “We’ve run out of Virgins.” Then our news sources informed us that due solely to these images “outrage sweeps across the Muslim world.” Such coverage has elicited miles of text and a Babel of blather denouncing those who would dare threaten OUR freedom of speech because it offends THEIR “backward” beliefs.
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06 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Review / Media
At a Snail’s Pace: Building a Different Kind of Politics
male.gifOn January 24, the Snail’s Pace Collective visited Boston as part of their East Coast US tour, which includes at least fifteen cities in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee; to facilitate a workshop on the Zapatista movement.

The Snail’s Pace Collective is a small group of student activists brought together as a result of their experiences in Chiapas, Mexico. They all participated in a study abroad program offered by the Mexico Solidarity Network, which is a 14-week, inter-disciplinary program focusing on the context, strategy, and tactics of Mexican social movements. As part of the program, the students attended an indigenous university for one month and participated in a Spanish language program in Zapatista territory for the reminder period of time. The life-changing experience in Chiapas is what prompted these students to share lessons learned with their immediate and larger communities.
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28 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Organizing : Politics
Racism, Classism, and the BU BioLab
biolab forum 003.jpgOver 30 members of BU student community and Boston area turned out for a panel discussion of the BU Bio lab on Tuesday night. The joint Federal and University funded level 4 Lab is on track to be built in the South End starting this spring so that viruses and lethal bacteria such as Ebola, anthrax, hemorrhagic fever and other “unknowns” can be researched in sometimes classified experiments. The incalcuable risks, enormous costs and unanswer community concerns has citizens and activist groups vowing to shut the City promoted project down.
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26 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
Howard Zinn: No More Wars
movingtrain4.jpgHoward Zinn speaks at Tufts University on his romantic view of war as a child, his participation in the war machinery during World War II as a bomber, and his change of ideology and present stand against all wars.

“We’ll need to think of ourselves as key players in whatever change needs to take place in the US and in the world. Therefore all of us bear some responsibility to do something, nothing big, nothing heroic, even something small… Because great social movements are made up of very small actions undertaken by very large numbers of people, which at certain points in history come together and bring about change.” H.Zinn

To download the video excerpt, go to:
http://www.archive.org/details/Zinn_NoMoreWars
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19 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Remembering Dr. King: Confronting Hate
antinazi.jpgThis past Saturday, January 14th over one hundred people-radicals, students and other activists-marched in the rain for three hours at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill waiting to confront a local white supremacist group, the White Revolution, that was to protest the AMH and a celebration for Dr. King’s holiday. The neo-Nazis never made it to the Meeting House, however. The only actual citing of a Nazi was near the State House several blocks away, but by the time the anti-Nazi group made it to the top of the hill, the Nazis were being ushered into the police wagon and taken away.

Then the call went out to the activist community that the group was to make another attempt on Monday the 16th to get to the African Meeting House. At least 50 people braved the bitter cold this time to “protect the city from assholes,” according to one protester. Still, the Nazis never showed up.
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17 Jan 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics
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
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