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Grand Opening! Workers Fight to Unionize Sexuality Boutique
labor! sex! feminism! solidarity!

Organized labor has never been sexier! Grand Opening!, Boston's premier sexuality boutique, has once again revolutionized what it means to sell sex toys. GO! workers have voted to join with UNITE HERE! and form the Grand Opening! Workers' Union. They have taken this step due to the high turnover rate of good employees, the lack of adequate benefits, the lack of a consistently fair living wage, the desire for a meaningful voice in the workplace, and the lack of a formal grievance process, among other issues.
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27 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Gender : Labor
DNC 2 RNC March Arrives in Manhattan!
capt.nyff10508270.jpgThe connection between the oppressive Democrats and the oppressive Republicans has finally been made! Over 500 people marched down the last bit of New York's Broadway and entered Union Square park triumphant, having marched 258 miles in 28 days spreading the message that the two party system does not and could not possibly represent the vast diversity that now resides in the United States.
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27 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Organizing : Politics
MBTA Bag Search Policy Still in Effect
tprot.jpgAccording to the Press Secretary for the MBTA, Joe Tesaturo, The Globe article “MBTA HALTS BAGGAGE SCREENING” is in fact not entirely truthful. The MBTA has not officially ended the bag search policy, and although the MBTA will not say when, where, or if bag searches will continue, they may begin again at any time. “Our security screening policy remains in place,” said Mr. Tesaturo, “If you look carefully at the globe article, nowhere in it does it say that the MBTA has officially ended the policy.”
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26 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
RNC Video ~ Paula Revere's Ride
Theatrics on Bikes in Manhattan to sound the Alarm.... 'Beware! The Republicans are Coming! Defend your City!'

The first video report from the RNC, a colorful patriotic street action mimicking Paul Revere's ride announcing the arrival of the Redcoats. Only this time the cry is "The Republican's are Coming!" and it's not Paul but Paula. An inspirational beginning to what could become the largest mass demonstration in New York's history!

If you haven't already made plans to get to New York it's not too late. The chinatown Bus is only $10 and places to stay can be found both at the housing and UfPJ links above.

From FluxRostrum.... Fluxview.
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26 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
Arbitrator rules UMass-Amherst international student 'fee' discriminatory
In a historic and possibly precedent-setting decision rendered August 15 an arbitrator ruled that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst must cease and desist charging international graduate student employees an international student ‘fee’ and that all students who paid the ‘fee’ shall be refunded. This victory is a result of a seven-month campaign led by the Graduate Employee Organization. GEO filed its grievance with the administration Dec. 29, 2003 claiming the ‘fee’ was a violation of the union’s non-discrimination contract clause which bars discrimination based on national origin or citizenship among other protected statuses. The aritrator affirmed GEO’s charge stating discrimination was inherent in the way the administration levied the ‘fee’ because it was only mandatory upon international students.
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23 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Labor : Race
Maintaining solidarity after the protests: Lessons from 2000
At the last RNC in Philly in 2000, over 400 people were arrested. One was Camilo Viveiros, a Massachusetts housing organizer who faced charges that could have led to 30-40 years in prison. Supporters mounted a strong supuport campaign over the next 3.5 years that led up to his acquittal. This article is not a narrative of that campaign, but an attempt to distill key lessons that may be useful as the RNC in New York approaches.
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20 Aug 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Organizing
NYC - Police Raid on IndyMedia Fundraising Event
Vcamera.jpgA multi-agency task force shut down a NYC Indymedia video team benefit late Saturday night, sparking complaints that the action was politically motivated. "I don't think every single department showing up here was a coincidence," said Brandon Jourdan, a video team organizer. "But maybe it was or maybe it was not. People will have to decide for themselves." || NYC IMC Video Team
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16 Aug 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media
American “Insane Asylum” History: Giving Names To Numbered Graves
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A nationwide movement to put names on the numbered gravestones in cemeteries at America's mental hospitals and abandoned "insane asylums" is underway. "It has been said that no families have come forward to claim their relatives (buried here)...WE are their family." In Massacusetts, the Danvers State Memorial Committee (DSMC) was formed in 1997, with the goal of restoring and properly memorializing the two Danvers State Hospital cemeteries. One of the first hurdles they faced was determining who was responsible for cleaning up, and then long term maintenance of, the cemeteries. A decision was made to press the state to be accountable for the cemeteries. But there were still problems, such as the Dept. of Mental Health (DMH) had the records for the closed hospital, and a private entity was soon to buy the state hospital property, and then the activists would have to get permission to clear the cemeteries from them, etc. The DSMC also reports there was considerable anger present at early meetings. Many were still very angry at past abuses they had suffered at Danvers State. They were adamant that the truth, not the sanitized version, of the hospital’s past be told. Some members of the DSMC felt the group was not the place for that anger. But the group did not shun those who were angry, and instead were able to harness their anger into a powerful force. Due to these discussions, the DSMC decided to ask for a formal apology as part of the return of dignity to those buried with only numbers on the hospital grounds.
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15 Aug 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Social Welfare
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