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Massachusetts Constitutional Convention Moves Forward Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage but Create Civil Unions
During the March 29 Constiutional Convention, the Massachusetts General Court moved forward a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and establishing civil unions. As usual, there was much wrangling and maneuvering. There were protesters on both sides of the issue, although the crowds were much, much smaller today than in the earlier sessions, and we far outnumbered our opponents. The result isn't as we were hoping. However, there's some room for celebration as well. We lost one battle; the overall struggle continues. The ConCon must vote for the amendment again next year and then it has be approded bya popular vote in 2006. We were able to build support throughout the ConCon. And May 17, 2004: gay folks will get married in Massachusetts. The stuff that happened today doesn't affect that fact.
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01 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
The Right to Dissent and the Trial of Camilo Viveiros
camille and co2.jpgApril 7 is the beginning of the trial in Philadelphia of community organizer Camilo Viveiros. This is the last of the criminal trials from the 2000 Republican National Convention. Will a steadfast and dedicated political organizer beat the fate of political imprisonment or will Police Chief John Timoney begin to be exonerated? www.friendsofcamilo.org
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01 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Brandeis Labor Coalition Press Release
Following in the footsteps of a growing trend on college and university campuses, students of Brandeis University have begun to take responsibility for the rights of campus employees. The Brandeis Labor Coalition is currently working with the university administration, Hurley of America, and its employees to create a permanent code of fair and just labor practices by means of advocacy. Hurley of America is one of the companies that Brandeis outsources its janitorial labor to, currently employing 11 people on campus.
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30 Mar 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor
Faulkner Hospital RNs Will Hold Informational Picketing on March 29th
Registered nurses (RNs) at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain will conduct informational picketing outside the entrance to the facility on March 29, 2004 from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., to draw attention to key issues in dispute in stalled contract talks with management that the nurses believe impact their ability to deliver safe care to patients at the facility. More than 300 registered nurses are represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association at Faulkner Hospital. They have been negotiating their contact since last October with 13 sessions held to date, and the last five sessions before a federal mediator. The key issues in dispute include the need to provide full staffing at the facility and, as a result, to end the dangerous practice of forcing nurses to be transferred to areas where they are not qualified to safely care for patients; the call for a salary level on a par with other Partners-owned facilities, and improvements in the nurses’ pension plan and health insurance benefits.
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24 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
As We Protest Today, Remember Those in Trouble for Speaking Out!
As Bostonians join with thousands of others around the world protesting the war today, we must remember those who face police reprisal for their protests. One is Massachusetts organizer Camilo Viveiros, arrested protesting the Republican National Convention in 2000, whose trial is coming on April 5.
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21 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Seaboard Corp Publicly Revealed in Boston Area for Indigenous Rights Abuse in Argentina
walkingaway.jpgActivists from Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts brought the voices of the Ava Guarani to the front steps and office doors of the Seaboard Corporation this afternoon. This action was part of an international coalition, Alerta Salta (www.Alerta-Salta.org.ar), which has formed to support the indigenous community in Salta, Argentina. This Ava Guarani community has been displaced and severely repressed at the command of the San Martin del Tabacal sugar refinery, which is owned by the US-based Seaboard Corporation.
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19 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Race
Civil Unions today, Gay Marriage March 29th?
On Thursday March 11th, 2003, the State of Massachusetts House and Senate reconvened a Constitutional Convention to debate the issue of gay marriage. During the March 11th session, three votes were made regarding three different bills on this topic. The Amendment options for the legislature to consider were: one that enabled civil unions as an alternative to gay marriage, one that defined marriage as a heterosexual unions that promotes “the stability and welfare of society”, and one that enabled civil unions while defining marriage as an institution between man and woman.
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12 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
Boston Police to keep protesters away from Democratic Convention
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has met with stiff resistance in negotiations with the Boston Police Department regarding protester access to the Democratic National Convention site.
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12 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / DNC : Human Rights
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