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Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
Inkadinkado is a company that makes cutesy rubber stamps and stationary, but when it comes to their own hard-working staff their actions are far from adorable. The company, located in Woburn and owned by Dimension Acquisitions LLC, has announced its plan to move to Pennsylvania on Sept. 1st. Full-time workers, many of them Chinese immigrants, were told that they will lose their jobs without severance pay, despite the fact that many have worked for Inkadinkado for almost 20 years, still earning only $8 or $9 an hour.
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22 Sep 2004 | Filed under: News / Labor
Boston Pedals Ahead?
Bikrace.jpgCity Hearing on Bicycle Safety This Monday, 9/20, 5pm at Honan Allston Library

Bicycling activists all around the city have tried for years to get the city thinking on two wheels but no amount of coaxing, re-assuring or elbow padding seems to work. MassBike has partially convinced the state to take off its training wheels but no luck with li’l Boston, Critical Mass continues to try to slap some sense into the kid on a monthly basis to no avail, and at one time the city hired a tutor with the title of “Bicycle Program Manager,” but so far all the efforts to get the city to understand how to pedal forward have ended up flat on the pavement. This city either has a total lack of coordination or something wrong with it's ability to think. Now, suddenly, when all heads are turned the other way, the city is asking for advice on bicycle safety.
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18 Sep 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
Earthworks and Better Tomorrows
urbanwild.jpg“This program is experimental by nature”, muses Ben Crouch, Program Director for Earthworks Boston. “We are documenting our work to track the results of how the land is adapting to what we’re doing. We want to help inform Boston on how to better manage the natural areas of the city”. If this sounds like a science experiment, done on the green spaces of our Boston cityscape, that’s because it is. And like any good experiment it is being done to further a process of understanding. However, this experiment is taking more into consideration than just science.
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17 Sep 2004 | Filed under: News / Environment
Indymedia T-Shirt Design Contest!
Tshirtcontest4web.jpgBoston’s Independent Media Center is contemplating conquering the fashion world with our very own line of upper-torso wear. Being an open source media center, we felt that the best thing to do is give everyone a chance to come up with the winning design(s). After all, we are you, you are us and so on… The winner(s) will receive a year long subscription to the bi-weekly Boston Independent newspaper (that will debut in the next month or so) and two free T-shirts with their own winning design printed on them! Not to mention the satisfaction of promoting the future of Boston’s very own independent media source, working hard to bring you the truth and give you the tools to tell it.
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14 Sep 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Media : Organizing
Worcester Students Protest "Spirit of America" Tour
a_soa_8_flag_line-up.jpgI arrived at the Worcester Centrum with a contingent of Clark students around 930 that morning, and the peace presence was already quite conspicuous, “who would Jesus bomb”, etc. A Marines jeep sat on the sidewalk, with a phone number stenciled on the side for those hoping to “secure [their] futures” in the military. Recruiters in full attire greeted the students in the lobby of the Centrum, passing out pamphlets on all the so-called benefits that accompany military service, and imploring them to sign up.

Lacking a live-action laser show extravaganza of our own, we assembled peacefully on the sidewalk, armed with pamphlets about the risks of military service and instructions on preventing your personal information from being disclosed to military recruiters. This, it seems, was not entirely cool.
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10 Sep 2004 | Filed under: News / Education
Recruiters Invade Worcester, Activists Plan Resistance
indy2.jpgMA Call Out - Against the Kick-Off of a Major Military Recruitment Drive in Worcester Sept. 10th and 11th

Massachusetts based peace and global justice groups are calling for a convergence of voices and groups opposed to the U.S. military’s use of Sept. 11th for the purpose of recruiting another generation of young people.

The U.S. Army has announced a North East Regional presentation of “Spirit of America” a 2-hour multi-media extravaganza. Over 400 active duty military personnel, military vehicles, video, audio and electronic special effects, recreate bloodless battle scenes as part of a storyline portraying a young man who “decides to follow his grandfather in the path of military service”.
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04 Sep 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Education
Come build a community radio station in Portsmouth!
During the weekend of September 10th-12th, hundreds of community radio organizers from New England, and all over the world, will gather together to bring a brand new community radio station to the air, as the Prometheus Radio Project partners with Portsmouth Community Radio for its sixth Radio Barnraising!

As volunteer technicians build everything from the studio to the tower, producers, engineers, and organizers from all over the United States and Canada will teach dozens of workshops on everything from how to record and edit a news show, to how to navigate the intricacies of FCC regulations. Earlier radio barnraisings have been with civil rights groups, farmworkers organizations, environmental groups, Native American tribes, and community groups.
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04 Sep 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Media : Organizing : Technology
The Long Arm of the UfPJ? (and RNC Photos)
DSCN3001.jpgNEW YORK CITY- A half a million people marched by the Fortified and Republo-filled Madison Square Gardens today, and many felt the conspicuous absence of a rallying point. Tolu Olupna, a NYC resident, felt that the march was “disorganized,” because of the lack of a rally space. “I would love to be listening to speeches right now,” Olupna said as she sat in the shade at Union Square with other marchers uncertain about just where to go.
But requests for a permit to rally on the Great Lawn were finally denied by the New York State Supreme Court. UfPJ officially asked people not to march to Central Park. After a long and inspiring march, a focusing point is a positive thing, it is a place to get out the message, a place to talk and connect with people. UfPJ didn’t win a permit, but does that mean that they should also act to discourage people from assembling anyway?
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31 Aug 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Politics
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