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LABOR: Rally in Support of Striking Somerville Theater Projectionists
Despite miserable weather, a June 13 rally saw by far the largest crowd in support of the striking projectionists at the Somerville Theater since the first day they went on strike for recogntion (May 1)--easily 70-80 people. Speakers included one of the locked-out projectionists, as well as representatives from local labor unions, social justice groups, and various city councilors and state representatives. The projectionists are organizing for higher wages, healthy working conditions, healthcare coverage and a more democratic workplace.
[ full story (and speech by striking projectionist) | Somerville Board of Alderman resolution in support of strikers ]
[ 6/19 update on NLRB elections | 6/25 update on negotiations | 7/2 update on negotiations ]
15 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE: March in Support of International Human Rights Workers in the Occupied Territories
At 3:30 on May 20, about fifty people gathered at Park St. for a march in support of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and other human rights workers in Palestine, which has been under military occupation by Israel since 1967. The march had been organized by BostonToPalestine, a local group that supports the work of the ISM. From Park St. We marched through Downtown Crossing to the Israel consulate, where the organizers unsuccessfully attempted to send in a delegation, and then on to Copley Square, where we joined the weekly anti-war vigil. The brutality of Israel’s occupation has grown over the last few years, since the start of the most recent intifadah (the struggle against the occupation). In an effort to hide their crimes the Israeli military has also begun targeting human rights workers, journalists and United Nations (UN) humanitarian workers who might carry word of the brutality of the occupation to the outside world.
[ full story ]
22 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
SOLIDARITY WITH LATIN AMERICA: Activists Shut Down Salvadoran Consulate in Support of Striking Healthcare Workers
Solidarity activists from the Boston chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) closed down the Salvadoran consulate in a protest to support striking healthcare workers in El Salvador. They also condemned the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) for its potential affects on workers rights and because it would mandate further privatization of public services like healthcare.
[ full story ]
15 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: BU Medical Center Wants to House Biological Defense Facility
Boston University is planning to build a $1.6 billion bioterrorism research facility in the heart of the city's South End community. The proposed network of laboratories will be designated as Biosafety Level 4, a level of security designed for research on the most dangerous and exotic category of disease-causing organisms, including ebola, marburg, lassa, machupo, encephalitis, and several other forms of hemorrhagic fever. The public has a right to know about the potential risks that this facility could pose to its health and safety, but the University is being secretive in its plans.
[ full story ]
13 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR & HEALTHCARE: Local Labor Groups Speak Out for Healthcare Reform
On May 5, a diverse group of union and health advocacy groups spoke out at a Boston kick off event to publicize a statewide Health Care Action Day set for June 5. Similar events were held in Brockton, Framingham, Hyannis, Lynn, New Bedford, Quincy, and Springfield. With health care costs spiraling out of control, many employers are demanding that employees pay for some or all of the increases. Employers are also trying to raise co-pays and deductibles to cover the increases and discourage workers from using their health plans. The speakers at the event called on employers to work with employees to work for meaningful health care reform instead.
[ full story ]
05 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: Striking Projectionists at Somerville Theater Attacked by Police
May 1st marked the first day of the projectionist strike at the Somerville Theater in Davis Sq., after management refused voluntary union recognition of workers from IATSE Local 182, who are organizing to demand better pay (most make minimum wage), health coverage, a healthier work environment, and a more democratic workplace. After an hour of peaceful picketing, more than a dozen police arrived on the scene, complete with a paddy wagon. They proceeded to mount several assaults on the picketline, sending one person to the hospital coughing up blood.
[ full story | additional coverage | 5/3 update ]
[ 5/6 update | 5/9 update | 5/15 update ]
[ 6/3 update ]
02 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS: May Day Rally for Immigrants' Rights
On May 1 at 3:00, a two-hour rally for immigrants’ rights was held in front of Boston City Hall. At its height, there were 500 people at the rally. It was held as the Boston City Council had hearings on whether or not to pass a resolution calling on the federal government to grant amnesty to all undocumented (“illegal”) immigrants. Besides the call for amnesty, many of the immigrants at the rally were concerned about such basic securities as being able to obtain drivers’ licenses and being free of harassment from their employers. Many of the speakers emphasized that immigrants came here only looking for a better life and contributed a great deal to the country. In the climate of fear after September 11, immigrants face greater persecution at the hands of the federal government under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act; immigrants from predominantly Arab or Muslim countries have been subject to particularly harsh attacks by the government.
[ full story ]
01 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
EDUCATION: Gov. Romney on Educational "Progress"
Since 2001, public higher education in Massachusetts has been cut by more than $221 million dollars. Students have had to face a tuition increase of up to 28%. Governor Mitt Romney, using a plan he calls "Common Sense for the Commonwealth," has proposed an additional $156 million dollar cut to public higher education. Romney’s Fiscal Year 2004 budget proposal will have a huge impact on many facets of Massachusetts higher education, scheduled to take effect by this July, 2003. Romney's plan was developed by a group of business consultants who had previous business dealings with Romney. Romney has also allegedly made educational budget estimates based on business profit instead of children’s needs, ignoring input from faculty, students, and communities.
[ full story ]
This story was originally featured in the Boston Free Press, the Boston IMC's new print publication. Below are some other articles and editorials from the same issue.
[ Homeland Security | A Dove's Dilemma | report from Baghdad ]
08 Apr 2003 | Filed under: News /
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