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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: Palestinian Activist Amer Jubran Agrees to "Voluntary" Deportation
Today's proceedings--the final hearing in Palestinian activist Amer Jubran's immigration case--saw the complete collapse of all pretenses to fairness, justice and objectivity. After being denied adequate time to review fifty pages of government doccuments submitted a week before his final trial, after being denied his fundamental right to be represented by effective council, and after being compelled to testify without any legal representation at all, after realizing there is no possibility for due process in this court, Amer decided to request of the court that he be granted "voluntary departure" from the United States. In March 2004, unless the government continues its persecution of him, he will return to his home in Jordan. Had the trial gone forward, it would have allowed the government to prolong the use of these proceedings as a means of conducting an illegitimate investigation not only into details of Amer's life irrelevant to the merits of the immigration case, but also, more frighteningly, into the lives of many other immigrants who are vulnerable to government harassment. Faced with this nightmare logic, coupled with the prospect of an endless, boundless investigation that would threaten the vulnerable, Amer felt that his only choice was to request voluntary departure.
[ full story | Amer Jubran Defense Committee ]
07 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News /
CIVIL LIBERTIES: Suffolk University Student Government Passes Anti-PATRIOT Act Resolution
On Thursday afternoon, the Student Government Association of Suffolk University passed, by a 12 to 3 vote, with 2 abstentions, a Resolution to oppose the USA PATRIOT Act and “Patriot II” Act. This makes Suffolk University the 10th University in the nation to pass such a resolution, as well as the first in New England. The resolution, based on one passed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, holds that many fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution are threatened by the USA PATRIOT Act.
[ full story | ACLU on the PATRIOT Act ]
07 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News /
HEALTHCARE AND LABOR: Union Calls on Legislature to Support Hospital Stabilization Bill
SEIU Local 2020 called on the state legislature to pass a "Hospital Stabilization" law that would set up an early warning system to identify financially distressed hospitals and provide emergency short-term revenue to keep failing hospitals open and continuing to provide high-quality care. The union was moved to do this after CareGroup closed Waltham Hospital last year in spite of the fact that the Department of Public Health concluded that all of Waltham Hospital’s services were “essential” to the health care needs of Waltham and its surrounding communities.
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06 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News /
FTAA: DEMO: Beehive Design Collective: FTAA Roadshow is in Boston
On Thursday, October 16, 2003, the Beehive Design Collective gave the first of two Boston area demonstrations from their latest tour: the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and Plan Colombia Roadshows. The demo, an in-depth portable mural of a collaborative illustrated poster project shown at the Massachusetts College of Art, was engaging, educational, and an inspiration to students and community members, young and old. The Beehive Collective uses an innovative illustration-based communication strategy that encourages open dialog on the topics of globalization, genetic engineering, colonialism and many other important social and environmental issues.

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17 Oct 2003 | Filed under: News /
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: A Bostonian's Report Back on the Immigrant Workers Rights Rally in New York
rallyAs the culmination of Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, on Saturday, October 4th, tens of thousands of immigrant workers joined friends and allies for a fabulous rally in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. You could literally feel the joy in the air and the sense of solidarity as people from many different nations joined together for a common cause: to focus attention on immigrant rights and to help force the United States government to make pivotal changed in its current immigration policies. Speakers elaborated on their message to the leaders in Washington and elsewhere that any new immigrant policy passed by Congress must include these key requirements: Legalization and a clear and well-defined road to citizenship for all immigrant workers; the right of immigrant workers to re-unite with their families; protection of the rights of immigrant in the workplace; and protection of the civil rights and civil liberties of all.
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09 Oct 2003 | Filed under: News /
ENVIRONMENT: Despite Clear-Cutting, Protests Continue at Mt. Wachusett
40 friends of Wachusett’s forests gathered on September 20 at the mountain for a peaceful demonstration to lament the cutting of a stand of older trees for ski area expansion. They carried signs mourning the clearcut, objecting to the privatization of public lands, questioning the role of the State Police, and saying, “No more cutting on Wachusett.”
[ full story ]
01 Oct 2003 | Filed under: News /
ENVIRONMENT: Mt. Wachusett Tree Sit Day 44: Activists and Forest in Danger
tree-sitterIn the past two days, workers from the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area used chain saws and bulldozers to fell trees dangerously close to the trees two Earth First! activists are sitting in. Dandi and Badger, the two tree sitters, have also been cut off from their supporters on the ground. The tree-sitters are attempting to protect some of the last-remaining old growth forest in Massachusetts. Its loss would have environmentally devastating results, including increasing sediment and polluting the water supply of the city of Fitchburg, which is a reservoir lake at the bottom of the mountain.
[ full story | update: facing increasing danger, tree-sitters escape into the night ]
15 Sep 2003 | Filed under: News /
WTO: BOSTON DEMO, TEACH-IN, MARCH: World Trade Organization: It’s No Walk on the Beach
bannerAs thousands of protesters rally and march in Cancun, Mexico to protest the 5th annual Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), local area activists participated in similar demonstrations of solidarity in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The “WTO: It’s No Walk on the Beach” Party kicked off at 2pm, in the crowded downtown pedestrian shopping district. The event was planned as a street theatre event that followed an informational Teach-In at the UNITE Building at 33 Harrison Ave. in Chinatown. The Teach-In ran from 9:30am-1:30pm and focused on the issues of Globalization, specifically the links between war, race, immigration and issues of local concern. There were workshops on topics such as “War & Globalization” and the “Free Trade Area of the Americas”.
[ full story | photos ]
13 Sep 2003 | Filed under: News /
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