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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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08 Apr 2003 | Filed under: News /
POLICE HARASSMENT: Racist Police Attack on Respected UMass-Boston Professor
A student was handing out fliers on Thursday at the UMB campus to promote a moment of silence in memory of Dr. King's murder. The student was wearing a shirt which said "Military recruiters off my campus!" on the back and on the front, "Education not enlistment". The police were called by the recruiters as a reaction to the shirt. A black professor, Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, stuck up for the student after being told by a recruiter that since he was organizing for King he also should be shot in the head. A verbal battle ensued. The recruiter was left alone by police while the professor was arrested and roughed up.
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07 Apr 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: Star of David Nursing Home Workers Win Their First Contract
After waging a year-and-a-half long battle to win dignity and respect at work, caregivers and other employees at the Star of David nursing home have finally reached a tentative agreement with management that will raise their pay, preserve health benefits and improve working conditions. This first agreement also puts in place new personnel policies that are backed up by an enforceable grievance procedure.
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02 Apr 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR WITH IRAQ: Regional Peace Rally in Boston Draws 30-50,000
rally photoThe Boston Common was awash with people from all over New England in a peace rally on Saturday, March 29. With the crowd at its height stretching beyond the organizer’s range of vision from the stage, they estimated it at least 30,000 people, probably 50,000. Following a number of speakers and multicultural artistic acts, the crowd marched through Boston, where large numbers of Saturday shoppers saw them. The major themes of the rally were that this war is bringing destruction not liberation to Iraq, that the best way to support American troops is to bring them home, and that this war is resulting in major cuts in social services in the US.
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29 Mar 2003 | Filed under: News /
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