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Anti-racist struggle continues at UMass Amherst
UMASS AMHERST – At a joint press conference Nov. 4, two leading unions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have charged the administration with collaborating with racists in the Student Government Association to undermine the Office of ALANA Affairs. ALANA advocates for institutional support for African, Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American students.
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09 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Education : Labor : Race
"Foundations and Public Policy" A Book Review
If the economics, sociology or political science courses you took in college did not devote much time to discussing the role foundations play in the world, then reading Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism by Joan Roelofs might be one way to quickly learn about foundation power. Roelofs, a professor of Political Science at Keene State College, notes that she "wrote the book primarily to reveal the power that has been largely obscured both in popular accounts of our society and in the more specialized political science literature."
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08 Nov 2004 | Filed under: Review / Organizing
Boston Death Sparks Call For Less-Than-Lethal Weapons Moratorium
riot.jpgControversial Weapons Increase Violence, Despite Police Claims.

Boston - On Thursday, November 4, the Boston Area Faculty Group on Public Issues, the National Lawyers Guild and the Save Our Civil Liberties (SOCL) Campaign issued a public demand for an immediate moratorium on police use of so-called “non-lethal” and “less-lethal” weapons. The press conference, held at the Emerson College campus, highlighted the recent death of Victoria Snelgrove during a Red Sox celebration as an example of the misuse of less lethal weapons by local, state and federal law enforcement around the country.
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05 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Post-Election Protest in Copley: Boston Activists Disoriented, but Still Swinging
With the partially dismantled scaffolding for Kerry’s election-night rally still dominating the steps of the library in Copley Square, Boston activists gathered there at 5:00 to vent their frustration with the outcome of the election and the state of the country in general. Although the intention was to gather in the park, the police immediately chased people away, telling them that needed to a permit, and directing them to the sidewalks across the street. Approximately 70 people gathered on the other three corners of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets. Police arrested one person, apparently because he was climbing the scaffolding left over from the Kerry rally. Many of the people I spoke to expressed their frustration with the results of the election. People also generally seemed uncertain about how the left should move forward. Nonetheless, people also clung fiercely to hope, with young one woman handing out daisies to symbolize this.
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04 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
US Presidential Election: Your views
earth.jpgJohn Kerry has conceded the election, but did it ever really matter? Both men were of an elite ruling class that most of us will never have personal contact with. Both men were enthusiastic about war. Both men made many promises about their candidacies even the least savvy of us know were irresponsible promises.

So what comes next? Where do we go from here? Do we broaden the movement to once again include globalization, wealth inequality, and institutional racism? Or do we continue with this focused anti-Bush fight? How can we, as a movement, affect what is happening in the South and the Mid-West? How can we be effective against a growing morally conservative population that places pro-life abortion policies above health insurance for all? Enter your reactions and ideas here.
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03 Nov 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
Never Give Up, Never Surrender: The Social Movement that Was and Is
Last night I followed a small group of members from United for Peace with Justice (UFPJ) into the growing crowd of Kerry supporters stationed at Copley Square waiting for the election results. They were nervous about how they would be received and a bit disappointed for the low turnout of protesters. Yet no one in the Kerry crowd seemed to reject their presence, instead taking plenty of “No More Wars” signs with them as if waiting for action if Kerry won.
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03 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
Report: 3% of Black men in Massachusetts disenfranchised
This is the first presidential election since Massachusetts prisoners were stripped of the right to vote. The effected population is disproportionately Black. More than 3% of Black men in Massachusetts are denied the right to vote.
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02 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : Race
Beyond Voting Actions Nationwide on November 3rd
blunder.jpgNow that the fight to put the latte-sipping Beacon Hill millionaire (who promises to fight a “more effective war on terror”) into the oval office instead of the phony Born-again neo-con New England brat come cowboy (who takes his killing orders from Jesus) is over, let’s get back to the real business of bringing about a better world.

Anybody But Bush is a thing of the past, win or lose. Kerry voters can now forgive third party voters for voting their conscience, third party voters can now forgive Kerry voters for taking the lesser of two evils, and voters can now forgive non-voters for not supporting a rigged system. We can put these differences aside in the interest of the desire for change we all share. Justice, equality, civil rights, human rights, and an end to the imperial economic policies and irresponsible military aggression of the United States government.

Come demonstrate to the rest of the world that the American people are no longer asleep!

Time: Wednesday, November 3rd, 5pm
Place: Copley Square

Bring music, signs, banners, instruments, props, noisemakers, street theater, and whatever else helps you get your message across!
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02 Nov 2004 | Filed under: News / Politics
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