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Local unions still working together
rsaenz.jpgWhile Boston labor activists hobnobbed with politicians and civic leaders during the annual Labor Day Breakfast, a contingent from Service Employees International Union Local 615 headed to Providence to join a massive demonstration aimed at organizing janitors.

SEIU President Rocio Saenz fired up a crowd of about 300 labor activists before leading them on a march through downtown Providence and blocking a busy intersection.

Saenz was led away by police officers, but not before she fired up downtown Providence with union slogans and fiery oratory.

“It’s so important that we have an organizing agenda,” Saenz said, explaining SEIU’s drive to unionize janitors. “The unions need to have a stronger voice.”

It was SEUI’s insistence on organizing and expanding membership that ultimately pulled the union away from the AFL-CIO this summer. Along with SEIU, the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers also broke from the nation’s largest federation of unions.
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09 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Labor
Boston street rally demands money for hurricane victims not war
bostondemo1.JPGDozens came out to an emergency demonstration Sept. 3 called by the Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC)—Boston under the slogan “Money for the victims of the hurricane – Not for War!” The depth and breadth of those protesting government negligence and in unity and solidarity with the hurricane victims is widespread...
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05 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Hey Baby! Girls in Hyde Square Will Not Be Silent in the Face of Sexual Harassers
harassment-card.gifAUDIO: A rally on August 25th sparked off a campaign to stop sexual harassment on JP's streets. Teenagers from the Hyde Square Task Force have organized the campaign, which includes not only the rally but also flyering and talking to other teenagers in public school classrooms across the city. The campaign is timely as school starts and students walk to and from school. It also follows the alleged gang rape of a teenaged girl several months ago at the Jackson Square T stop. For the whole story, listen to the posted radio piece.
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04 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender
Community members support Medicare for all as numbers of uninsured rise
quote.jpgBOSTON – New census data released Tuesday is galvanizing support for a public forum on Sept. 1 where several Members of Congress will hear from a diverse group of seniors, workers, caregivers, immigrants, women, people of color, the uninsured, and local elected officials in support of a "Medicare for All" solution to the health care crisis.

The growing severity of the health care crisis has brought together over 40 grassroots organizations in Massachusetts for an impressive -- and unusual -- showing of political unity.

* For coverage of the hearing itself see:
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/41078/index.php
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01 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
Willy Wonka and the Racism Factory
wonka.jpgThe most recent film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is shaping up to be one of the highest grossing summer blockbusters of 2005. This is the third re-incarnation of Roald Dahl's controversial story over the past four decades. As such, it is instructive, to examine it's transformation in relation to issues of racism and colonialism.
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29 Aug 2005 | Filed under: Review / Media : Race
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
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