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LABOR & HEALTHCARE: Star of David Nursing Home Workers Hold One-Day Strike to Stop Cuts in Staff Hours
strikersJoined by other Boston-area nursing home workers and community supporters at afternoon rally in West Roxbury, Caregivers at the Star of David nursing home held a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 19 to pressure management to make improvements in their pay and conditions, and reverse its decision to cut staff hours from 40 to 37 ˝. Star of David is owned by Kindred Healthcare, the largest nursing home operator in Massachusetts. While Kindred has cut staff hours in many of its homes, it has signed union contracts which preserved the 40 hour week and provided decent pay raises for SEIU members at four of its Massachusetts homes. Star of David workers are looking for comparable terms.
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24 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
GENETIC ENGINEERING: Shaw's Distro Center Shut Down to Protest GMO's
In a dramatic action to get Shaw's/Star markets to rid its store brand products of genetically engineered (GE) food, Greenpeace parked three buses in front of Shaw's main distribution center in order to block deliveries of GE food to Shaw's stores. Six Greenpeace activists were locked to the buses, painted with the message, "Shaw's: Stop Genetically Engineered Food" and "The Genetic Experiment Ends Here." Today's lockdown comes after two years of widespread consumer activism across New England in what has become a growing movement against Shaw's continued use of GE food.
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20 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR: MIT Students Take Anti-War Message To the Streets
Cambridge, MA- Dressed in white bodysuits and lab coats, several dozen Massachusetts Institute of Technology students braved frigid temperatures this morning to demonstrate their opposition to the looming US-led war in Iraq. Against a giant backdrop proclaiming, “MIT Says No Blood for Oil,” the students waved colorful anti-war signs and distributed flyers to rush hour commuters on the Harvard Bridge. The group had attached the 20’ x 40’ banner off the Ashdown House Residence Hall earlier in the morning, before it was removed by building maintenance staff several hours later.
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11 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
RESISTANCE TO WAR: Boston Activists Arrested After Sit-In at Senator Kerry's Office
Two of U.S. senator John Kerry’s constituents were led from his Boston office in handcuffs early this morning. Patrick Keaney, 33, of Brighton, Mass., and Matthew Osborn, 24, of Brookline, Mass., were taken by local police to Boston’s Area A police station for booking after being charged with trespassing. Along with a third man, they were conducting a sit-in designed to raise public awareness about an unpopular war. Last week, Senator Ted Kennedy introduced Senate Resolution 32, urging another authorization by Congress for war, as well as an extended window of opportunity for arms inspectors to do their work in Iraq. Kerry has steadfastly refused to sign the resolution, ignoring an ever-growing resistance to the Iraq war in all corners of the Commonwealth.
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05 Feb 2003 | Filed under: News /
STATE REPRESSION: Boston-Area Community Organizer Faces Jailtime
Camilo ViveirosCamilo Viveiros, a tenant organizer in southeastern Mass., was arrested along with over 400 other protesters in Philadelphia in August 2000 during the Republican National Convention. People had come to demonstrate against police brutality, the increase in construction of jails rather than schools, in favor of affordable housing, healthcare and immigrants rights and many other issues. They were faced, however, with repression, surveillance and brutality by the police in one of the largest violations of First Amendment rights since the Vietnam War. Of the 400+ arrested, 95% have had their cases either dismissed for lack of evidence or have been acquitted. Camilo, whose trial is set for February 18, still faces severe charges.
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25 Jan 2003 | Filed under: News /
IRAQ: 500 Rally for Peace with Iraq on MLK Day, Following a Nationwide Weekend of Protest
On Martin Luther King Day in front of Cambridge City Hall, 500 people rallied for peace. This protest against the Bush administration’s plans to go to war with Iraq was not isolated, but part of a nationwide and worldwide weekend of peace rallies. This particular rally sought to remind people of the connections King had made between racism, militarism and materialism.
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20 Jan 2003 | Filed under: News /
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: Immigration Registration Deadline Passes; 150 Protest
Friday, January 10 was the deadline for the second group of foreign visitors required to register in person with the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). On the morning of the tenth, registrants formed long lines to register at regional INS headquarters in the JFK Federal Building. Activists from the Amer Jubran Defense Committee acted as legal observers and moral support for the registrants; two were detained and given tickets for "political solicitation" inside a federal building. The previous day, about 150 people gathered outside the building in a lunchtime picket protesting the registration progam.
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14 Jan 2003 | Filed under: News /
IRAQ: Norwood, Mass. Resident Reports From Iraq
Iraq is so different from what we see on TV. As we drove through Baghdad for the first time, all I could think, over and over, was the simple truth that at the heart of it all, this is just a place where people live. Ordinary people, welcoming people. That’s it, at the core and these are the people who will suffer. The seeming normalcy of life is a sharp contrast to the anxiety that the people live with, and which we learn when we meet them up close. The country has already been devastated by sanctions. A war will only hurt these ordinary people who live here. They are already so beaten down, and war will only make it worse.
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24 Dec 2002 | Filed under: News /
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