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PRISON REFORM/ABOLITION: State Government Ignores Humane, Cost-Saving Alternatives to Prison
At the same time as it sacrifices essential services to taxpayers on the altar of “budget cuts,” the Massachusetts state government is ignoring a potentially far-reaching strategy for trimming costs, and, many observers say, worsening already-existing problems in the Department of Corrections for a waste totaling tens of millions of dollars annually. The state government is continuing to build new prisons, instead of investing in cheaper and more effective alternatives such as treatment for addiction, probation, and community service.
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31 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: Victory for Striking Projectionists at Somerville Theater
After having been locked-out for over ten weeks, projectionists at the Somerville Theatre have emerged victorious in their struggle for union recognition. The management has agreed to voluntarily recognize the union, sign a fair contract, and pay full back wages to all locked-out employees. Although this was a modest struggle in and of itself, we see it as a significant victory for young, exploited and pissed off workers everywhere.
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28 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: Verizon Workers Prepare to Strike
On August 2, 2003, the contracts covering 75,000 workers at Verizon expire. The workers are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Verizon is one of the top ten corporations in the U.S., is highly profitable, and its CEO Ivan Seidenberg makes 500 times the salary of the average worker. The company is demanding major concessions from its employees, including health care and job security. A majority of the workers at IBEW & CWA voted to authorize a strike. They've been ramping up the actions as August 2 gets closer.
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24 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: Palestinian Rights Activist's Deportation Hearing Approaches; FBI Intimidates Witnesses
On the morning of November 4, 2002, well-known Palestinian activist Amer Jubran was arrested at his home in Cumberland, Rhode Island by FBI and INS agents. Only two days earlier, Amer had lead the first demonstration organized by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, a group which he had helped to create. Today, after eight months of letters, faxes, phone calls, and office visits, the INS (now called the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is still trying to have Amer deported. The BICE, which originally accused Amer of several serious violations, has dropped all charges except the claim that two forms certifying Amer’s marriage were filled out on different dates. Although the government has repeatedly claimed that this case is not political, FBI agents have harrassed and intimidated Mr. Jubran’s witness pool in a last-ditch effort to silence those who will testify on his behalf.
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24 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: UMass-Lowell's Student Radio Station Sold to the Highest Bidder
At WJUL, the student-run radio station at UMASS-Lowell, DJs and student administrators recently learned that the administration had, without consulting them, sold 25 hours of airtime a week to the Lowell Sun, a newspaper owned by the Media News Group, the seventh-largest newspaper owner in the US.
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21 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
NATIVE AMERICAN STRUGGLES: Rhode Island Governor Raids Narragansett Indians, Community Rallies in Their Support
In an effort to better themselves economically, the Narragansett Indians of Rhode Island opened a cigarette shop on their land and claimed that because they are a federally recognized tribe, they do not have to charge State taxes. Governor Carcieri sent in the State Troopers to terrorize the Indians--unarmed people were set upon by attack dogs and State Troopers used violent takedowns with no provocation. In response, 2,000 people (Native and non-Native) held a rally in support of the Narragansett.
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18 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
THE COMMONWEALTH: Rally Against the State Budget Cuts
protestFrom 4:30 to 6:30 on June 25, about sixty people rallied in front of the State House against the budget cuts supported by the Governor and most legislators. These cuts would result in a loss of services to a wide number of vulnerable groups, and this was reflected in the wide array of people that came to the protest--labor unionists, social workers, community organizers, homeless activists, housing rights activists, and students at public colleges, as well as their supporters. The group called for loopholes in the budget that result in the wealthy paying a lower tax rate than the poor to be closed and for taxes to be raised as much as necessary to continue funding vital programs. Reactions from passers-by were generally positive.
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25 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: The First Issue of DIRT, the Boston IMC's New Print Publication
dirt coverThe first big issue of DIRT, Boston IMC's newspaper, is out! Keep an eye around town to grab an issue, or click the link provided to download a PDF of the entire publication! Our June-July issue includes articles ranging from s.182 and GMO's in Vermont to Bechtel's nuclear history in the US, from Israel's Apartheid Wall built to remove Palestinians from more land and resources to the thoughts on the FCC's recent ruling to decrease limitations of corporate ownership in mass media. We've collected local and global articles from our IMC network to bring a strong example of becoming the media.
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18 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
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