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PALESTINE: Boston Peace Activist Arrested by Israeli Military
On 11/15 in the Occupied Territories (Palestine), the Israeli military arrested nine peace activist internationals--including one Bostonian--and one Israeli peace activist after gassing and shooting rounds of live ammunition into a crowd of approximately 200 Palestinian men, women, and children who have been accompanied by over 30 international volunteers who had helped stage a peaceful protest and sit-in at the site of Israeli destruction of Palestinian agricultural land.
[ Full Story | Audio Interview with Palestinian Activist Visiting Boston ]
15 Nov 2002 | Filed under: News /
ENVIRONMENT: Staples Finally Commits to Endangered Forests and Recycled Paper
Following a two-year campaign targeting the Framingham, Mass. headquartered Staples, the world's largest office supply store, the company today announced a commitment to phase out paper products originating from endangered forests and dramatically increase its sale of recycled paper products. Activists across the country are celebrating a grassroots victory.
[ Full Story ]
15 Nov 2002 | Filed under: News /
LABOR: UMass Amherst Unions Confront Trustees, Plan Walkouts
Protest Against TrusteesOn Nov. 6 over 200 rank-and-file workers from five University of Massachusetts unions confronted the system's Board of Trustees demanding the funding of their contracts. In a spirited face off students of color also demanded the restoration of advising and other services gutted in June.
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08 Nov 2002 | Filed under: News /
STATE REPRESSION: Boston Palestinian Activists Face More Harassment
At around 8 AM on Monday, November 4, one of the foremost activists in the Boston Palestinian community, Amer Jubran, was taken into custody at his Cumberland, Rhode Island home. He is being held at an INS holding facility in Cranston, Rhode Island, while the INS investigates what they call 'violations of INS statutes'. Meanwhile, his friend and fellow Palestinian activist, Jaoudat Abouazza, has faced continued interrogations by the FBI in Montreal.
[ Amer Jubran article | Jaoudat Abouazza update ]
07 Nov 2002 | Filed under: News /
IRAQ: 13,000+ New Englanders Rally in Boston for Peace
Crowd at RallyOn Sunday 11/03/02, over 13,000 people from across New England gathered on the Boston Common for a peace rally and march through Boston. A great diversity of signs, some of them highly creative, voiced people’s opposition to a war on Iraq. Some carried signs calling for working through the UN for weapons inspections and against a first strike, while others were simply opposed to all war.
[ Full Story | Video | Pictures ]
03 Nov 2002 | Filed under: News /
JUSTICE FOR JANITORS: Boston Janitors Win!
photoBoston-area janitors and cleaning contractors reached a tentative contract settlement Wednesday that will dramatically improve janitorial jobs. The agreement with the Maintenance Contractors of New England uses the framework of the Interim agreement that had already been reached with 9 contractors and achieves all of janitors' goals, including extending employer-paid health insurance to more janitors, boosting pay significantly, and improving benefits such as sick leave.
[ full story | additional coverage | Janitors Settle; Supporters Reflect ]
23 Oct 2002 | Filed under: News /
JUSTICE FOR JANITORS: 800 Rally and March For Janitors
Billy BraggAs the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 janitors' strike finished its third week, about eight hundred janitors, students, and community members rallied in Copley Square, followed by a spirited march through the Prudential Center and back to Copley Square. The janitors' strike targets major downtown Boston buildings serviced by contract cleaning agencies, especially UNICCO. The union's main demands include more full-time jobs, health insurance for more janitors, and better wages.
[ Full Story | Photo ]
20 Oct 2002 | Filed under: News /
IRAQ: Former UN Weapons Inspector Speaks Out Against War with Iraq at Deerfield
Scott Ritter, the former head of the UN weapons inspections team in Iraq, spoke at Deerfield Academy to a packed auditorium Tuesday night October 15th. According to Ritter, the Bush administration has not shown us any evidence of weapons of destruction because there isn't any. 95% of the weapons Mr. Ritter's inspection team was sent to find were located and destroyed. Ritter urged people to get involved with the democratic process and speak out against the war.
[ Full Story ]
16 Oct 2002 | Filed under: News /
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