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Police Surveillance of Peaceful Demonstrators in Andover, MA
For several years running, the Andover Police Department has conducted surveillance of participants in legal, nonviolent demonstrations at the Raytheon facility on Rte. 133. Officers have photographed participants in demonstrations, taken down the license plate numbers of cars parked near demonstrations, and run warrant checks on organizers whose names have appeared in newspaper articles about the demonstrations.
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16 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Arrests at Homes Not Jails event
Eight people were arrested Wednesday night for a Homes Not Jails event in Lafayette Square, Cambridge were arraigned on felony charges in Middlesex County Courthouse Thursday morning.

The six adults in the case have been charged with two felonies: breaking & entering and possession of tools for burglary. They are all scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on May 26th.
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15 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Defend Marriage Equality - Now!
The need to fight for equal marriage rights is now more important than ever. With anti-equality forces increasingly organized and vocal, supporters of gay marriage need to continue the struggle for justice by coming out in full force on May 17. After the two stunning victories won by GLAD in the SJC, gay marriage activists and supporters suffered our first defeat on March 29th. Many activists have already turned their sights to the November elections. That is premature. It takes for granted the outcome of what might be our most critical fight beginning to unfold—May 17th. The national and local leadership of the Democratic Party opposes gay marriage and Republican Governor Romney is determined to defy the SJC and prevent Massachusetts from issuing the first-ever legal same-sex marriage licenses in the US that day. We must be determined to get them and he must see that we are not willing to wait. Dr. Martin Luther King knew that lobbying and elections alone could not create that kind of social force. He argued that direct-action strategies were necessary to “create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.”
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12 Apr 2004 | Filed under: Commentary / GLBT/Queer
Timoney Three Acquited
Camilo Vivieros and the Timoney Three were acquited of all charges placed against them by the City of Philadelphia today, Tuesday, April 6th. It was the second day of a trial that had been stalled for over three years.
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07 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Massachusetts Constitutional Convention Moves Forward Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage but Create Civil Unions
During the March 29 Constiutional Convention, the Massachusetts General Court moved forward a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and establishing civil unions. As usual, there was much wrangling and maneuvering. There were protesters on both sides of the issue, although the crowds were much, much smaller today than in the earlier sessions, and we far outnumbered our opponents. The result isn't as we were hoping. However, there's some room for celebration as well. We lost one battle; the overall struggle continues. The ConCon must vote for the amendment again next year and then it has be approded bya popular vote in 2006. We were able to build support throughout the ConCon. And May 17, 2004: gay folks will get married in Massachusetts. The stuff that happened today doesn't affect that fact.
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01 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
The Right to Dissent and the Trial of Camilo Viveiros
camille and co2.jpgApril 7 is the beginning of the trial in Philadelphia of community organizer Camilo Viveiros. This is the last of the criminal trials from the 2000 Republican National Convention. Will a steadfast and dedicated political organizer beat the fate of political imprisonment or will Police Chief John Timoney begin to be exonerated? www.friendsofcamilo.org
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01 Apr 2004 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Brandeis Labor Coalition Press Release
Following in the footsteps of a growing trend on college and university campuses, students of Brandeis University have begun to take responsibility for the rights of campus employees. The Brandeis Labor Coalition is currently working with the university administration, Hurley of America, and its employees to create a permanent code of fair and just labor practices by means of advocacy. Hurley of America is one of the companies that Brandeis outsources its janitorial labor to, currently employing 11 people on campus.
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30 Mar 2004 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor
Faulkner Hospital RNs Will Hold Informational Picketing on March 29th
Registered nurses (RNs) at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain will conduct informational picketing outside the entrance to the facility on March 29, 2004 from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., to draw attention to key issues in dispute in stalled contract talks with management that the nurses believe impact their ability to deliver safe care to patients at the facility. More than 300 registered nurses are represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association at Faulkner Hospital. They have been negotiating their contact since last October with 13 sessions held to date, and the last five sessions before a federal mediator. The key issues in dispute include the need to provide full staffing at the facility and, as a result, to end the dangerous practice of forcing nurses to be transferred to areas where they are not qualified to safely care for patients; the call for a salary level on a par with other Partners-owned facilities, and improvements in the nurses’ pension plan and health insurance benefits.
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24 Mar 2004 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
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