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Charges Against Van Der Meer Dropped
A judge ratified an agreement (for "pre-trial probation") under which all the charges against Tony Van Der Meer were essentially dropped. Last April 3, Van Der Meer - a Black professor of Africana studies at UMass Boston - was assaulted and arrested by campus police after challenging an Army National Guard recruiter on campus who had threatened student Tony Naro as he handed out flyers for an anti-war commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Van Der Meer tried to mediate the tense situation, but five officers put him under arrest.
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23 Dec 2003 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Welcome to our new website
By now you've noticed there are changes to the Boston.Indymedia.org website! Prompted by the move to a new host, the members of the Boston Independent Media Center decided it long overdue to update the site to a new design and new codebase. This is the result: a faster, more user-friendly, more reliable website offering all the familiar elements of open-publishing with the addition of several new features.

To better introduce you to the new website, we review the new additions and changes to boston.indymedia.org…
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17 Dec 2003 | Filed under: Announcement / Media : Technology
UMass students fight international student 'fee'
In a heartening display of anti-racist unity and solidarity Dec. 11, 125 students and their allies denounced the administration’s plans to impose a new fee on international graduate students in the 2004 spring semester. The $65 per semester fee the administration plans on implementing is only applicable for international students, and is an added expense to the fees these students are required to pay. Its purpose is to fund a new program called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS. This fee would be addition to an already federally mandated $100 charge taxed to international students to pay for SEVIS. SEVIS is a database that links colleges and universities to the Department of Homeland Security to monitor their activities as part of the USA Patriot Act.
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18 Dec 2003 | Filed under: News / Education : International : Race
GLOBAL JUSTICE: One Thousand Rally Against the FTAA in Boston as Trade Talks Stall in Miami
<img src="http://images.indymedia.org/imc/boston/dcp_0027mod-thumb.jpg" alt="rally at Boylston St." border="0" align="right">At 4:00 on November 21, 2003, 500 people joined a march against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), starting at Boylston St. T-station in Boston and wending our way through Boston?s shopping district to arrive in Copley Square at 5:00 to join another 500 people for a final rally. Our protests were in solidarity with the protests and direct actions in Miami, where the trade representatives of all the countries of the Americas (except Cuba) were meeting to negotiate the FTAA. This so-called free trade agreement would result in devastating job losses for all countries, allow corporations to sue governments to overturn environmental protection and labor laws, and force governments to privatize basic public services. While the activists in Miami faced strong police repression, the talks nonetheless stalled--they were called to a close a day early, with all the difficult issues being sent back to committee unresolved.<br> [ <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18548&group=>full story</a> | <a href=http://ftaaimc.org/en/2003/11/1768.shtml>photos</a> | <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18551&group=>more photos</a> ]<br> Local organizing efforts:<br> [ <a href=http://www.bostonglobalaction.net/ftaa.html>Boston Fair Trade Action</a> | <a href=http://www.massjwj.net/>Massachusetts Jobs with Justice</a> ]<br> Additional resources:<br> [ <a href=http://ftaaimc.org>Miami FTAA IMC</a> | <a href=http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/ftaa/>Global Exchange</a> | <a href=http://www.citizen.org/trade/>Public Citizen</a> | <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18614&group=>prisoner support</a> ]<br> FTAA Diary--Reports from a Boston IMC reporter in Miami:<br> [ <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18319&group=webcast>Nov. 15</a> | <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18398&group=webcast>Nov. 16</a> | <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18433&group=>Nov. 17</a> | <a href=http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18579&group=>Nov. 18</a> ]
22 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / Globalization : International
GAY RIGHTS: Massachusetts Supreme Court Mandates Legalization of Gay Marriage
This morning, Tuesday, November 18, at 8:00AM, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, finding that the equal protection provisions of the Massachusetts State Constitution require that same-sex couples be permitted to marry. While many gay rights activists welcome this ruling, some of the more radical ones are skeptical.<br>[ <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18416&group=webcast">full story</a> | <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18413&group=webcast">commentary</a> | <a href="http://www.equalmarriage.org/">Equal Marriage</a> ]
19 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
LABOR AND HEALTHCARE: Unions and Community Groups Launch Campaign to Promote Healthcare for All
Union activists and health care reformers across the state are mobilizing for an education campaign to provide the public with more information about the reasons health insurance costs are skyrocketing and what needs to be done to make it more affordable. The campaign also gives participants a chance to ?vote? for a ?Medicare for All? solution that would cover everyone and more effectively control costs. Medicare is the federal insurance program that already covers the vast majority of people over age 65. The program?s administrative costs are less than 5 percent, while overhead for private, employer-based insurance eats up about 30 percent of health care spending.<br>[ <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18409&group=webcast">full story</a> | <a href="http://www.massjwj.net">Massachusetts Jobs With Justice</a> ]
19 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
POLITICAL HARASSMENT: The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's Radical Bookstore, Visited by the Secret Service
On Friday, November 7, an agent from the Secret Service paid a visit to the Lucy Parsons Center, a long-time radical bookstore and infoshop in Boston. Earlier in the week the bookstore received a suspicious piece of mail allegedly sent from the bookstore and containing questionable material. The Secret Service acting on ?intelligence reports? was investigating this mail which had been reported to the National Lawyers Guild, but not to the Secret Service. Whether this was an isolated incident, or the beginning of a larger campaign of harassment and intimidation (leading up to next summer's Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Boston) is not known to us at this point.<br>[ <a href="http://boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=18022&group=">full story</a> | <a href="http://www.tao.ca/~lucyparsons">Lucy Parsons Center</a> ]
11 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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.
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07 Nov 2003 | Filed under: News /
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