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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS: Palestinian Rights Activist's Deportation Hearing Approaches; FBI Intimidates Witnesses
On the morning of November 4, 2002, well-known Palestinian activist Amer Jubran was arrested at his home in Cumberland, Rhode Island by FBI and INS agents. Only two days earlier, Amer had lead the first demonstration organized by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, a group which he had helped to create. Today, after eight months of letters, faxes, phone calls, and office visits, the INS (now called the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is still trying to have Amer deported. The BICE, which originally accused Amer of several serious violations, has dropped all charges except the claim that two forms certifying Amer’s marriage were filled out on different dates. Although the government has repeatedly claimed that this case is not political, FBI agents have harrassed and intimidated Mr. Jubran’s witness pool in a last-ditch effort to silence those who will testify on his behalf.
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24 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: UMass-Lowell's Student Radio Station Sold to the Highest Bidder
At WJUL, the student-run radio station at UMASS-Lowell, DJs and student administrators recently learned that the administration had, without consulting them, sold 25 hours of airtime a week to the Lowell Sun, a newspaper owned by the Media News Group, the seventh-largest newspaper owner in the US.
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21 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
NATIVE AMERICAN STRUGGLES: Rhode Island Governor Raids Narragansett Indians, Community Rallies in Their Support
In an effort to better themselves economically, the Narragansett Indians of Rhode Island opened a cigarette shop on their land and claimed that because they are a federally recognized tribe, they do not have to charge State taxes. Governor Carcieri sent in the State Troopers to terrorize the Indians--unarmed people were set upon by attack dogs and State Troopers used violent takedowns with no provocation. In response, 2,000 people (Native and non-Native) held a rally in support of the Narragansett.
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18 Jul 2003 | Filed under: News /
THE COMMONWEALTH: Rally Against the State Budget Cuts
protestFrom 4:30 to 6:30 on June 25, about sixty people rallied in front of the State House against the budget cuts supported by the Governor and most legislators. These cuts would result in a loss of services to a wide number of vulnerable groups, and this was reflected in the wide array of people that came to the protest--labor unionists, social workers, community organizers, homeless activists, housing rights activists, and students at public colleges, as well as their supporters. The group called for loopholes in the budget that result in the wealthy paying a lower tax rate than the poor to be closed and for taxes to be raised as much as necessary to continue funding vital programs. Reactions from passers-by were generally positive.
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25 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA: The First Issue of DIRT, the Boston IMC's New Print Publication
dirt coverThe first big issue of DIRT, Boston IMC's newspaper, is out! Keep an eye around town to grab an issue, or click the link provided to download a PDF of the entire publication! Our June-July issue includes articles ranging from s.182 and GMO's in Vermont to Bechtel's nuclear history in the US, from Israel's Apartheid Wall built to remove Palestinians from more land and resources to the thoughts on the FCC's recent ruling to decrease limitations of corporate ownership in mass media. We've collected local and global articles from our IMC network to bring a strong example of becoming the media.
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18 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: Rally in Support of Striking Somerville Theater Projectionists
Despite miserable weather, a June 13 rally saw by far the largest crowd in support of the striking projectionists at the Somerville Theater since the first day they went on strike for recogntion (May 1)--easily 70-80 people. Speakers included one of the locked-out projectionists, as well as representatives from local labor unions, social justice groups, and various city councilors and state representatives. The projectionists are organizing for higher wages, healthy working conditions, healthcare coverage and a more democratic workplace.
[ full story (and speech by striking projectionist) | Somerville Board of Alderman resolution in support of strikers ]
[ 6/19 update on NLRB elections | 6/25 update on negotiations | 7/2 update on negotiations ]
15 Jun 2003 | Filed under: News /
SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE: March in Support of International Human Rights Workers in the Occupied Territories
At 3:30 on May 20, about fifty people gathered at Park St. for a march in support of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and other human rights workers in Palestine, which has been under military occupation by Israel since 1967. The march had been organized by BostonToPalestine, a local group that supports the work of the ISM. From Park St. We marched through Downtown Crossing to the Israel consulate, where the organizers unsuccessfully attempted to send in a delegation, and then on to Copley Square, where we joined the weekly anti-war vigil. The brutality of Israel’s occupation has grown over the last few years, since the start of the most recent intifadah (the struggle against the occupation). In an effort to hide their crimes the Israeli military has also begun targeting human rights workers, journalists and United Nations (UN) humanitarian workers who might carry word of the brutality of the occupation to the outside world.
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22 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
SOLIDARITY WITH LATIN AMERICA: Activists Shut Down Salvadoran Consulate in Support of Striking Healthcare Workers
Solidarity activists from the Boston chapter of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) closed down the Salvadoran consulate in a protest to support striking healthcare workers in El Salvador. They also condemned the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) for its potential affects on workers rights and because it would mandate further privatization of public services like healthcare.
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15 May 2003 | Filed under: News /
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