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Immigrant Detainees Struggle for Rights at South Bay
This interview is reposted from Prison Action News 7.1

On October 3rd, 2013, approximately 40 detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center at Suffolk County House of Corrections (South Bay) in Dorchester launched a hunger strike over poor health conditions, among other issues. Organizers in the ICE section, which holds about 200 immigrants, delivered a letter to the prison administration demanding officials "improve food safety [...], equalize access to programs and services [...], and support visitation rights. Detainees then launched a public campaign on September 26, with dozens of supporters rallying outside the prison, and threatened a hunger strike. Following the demand delivery, prison officials held a whole-unit meeting, promising to address the prisoners’ grievances. Prison administration, however, changed little, spurring detainees at all three ICE units in South Bay to go on hunger strike for three days. According to an outside supporter working with the detainees in their struggle, “The formidable power and solidarity built by the united detainees at South Bay has both forced ICE to address many demands and further exposed the inhumane nature of immigration enforcement in the US. Following the hunger strike, at least two detainees were released from detention and at least one released from solitary confinement. Some improvements in sanitary conditions have occurred and conversations for further progress are taking place. Meanwhile though, detainees continue to face retaliation and insufficient access to support, as well as continued sanitary issues.”

In recent years, prisoners at South Bay have complained about sanitation, over crowding, and other issues. Many detainees in the ICE section have ulcers from H. pylori bacterial infections, caused by poor sanitation. In 2010, women prisoners filed grievances and asked supporters to host a phone blitz to prison officials after
South Bay served inmates food contaminated with maggots and rat feces, and refused to address massive flooding of inmates’ cells. The following is an interview with an anonymous Haitian worker and father, currently unemployed and living in Boston, who was detained in the ICE detention section of South Bay in the months before the hunger strike:
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02 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Police and Prisons
Unionized School Bus Drivers Rally in Dorchester
1 Feb 2014 001.JPGHundreds of workers rallied for labor union rights in Boston.
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02 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Reid Derails Fast Track
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01 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
US Trade Representative Dodges Senate Fast Track Hearing
The US Trade Representative (USTR) declined an invitation to testify at the Senate Finance Committee opening hearing on the controversial "Fast Track" legislation - leaving an Ohio Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, in the position of representing the White House by reading from an Administration press release. Several committee members said they were puzzled and disappointed..
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24 Jan 2014 | Filed under: News / Globalization
Offensives, Ground Taken and The Assumptions of Frontal Conflict: On Syria and The Material Dynamics of Insurgency
The Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare examines terrains of conflict around the globe, independent of the conceptual politics involved, on a material and tactical level. On topics ranging from the security implications of international trade agreements to the dynamics of conflict in virtual networks, from police tactics to the movements of insurgencies globally, we aim to provide regular analysis, release reports and provide overviews of conflicts that are present in the news, mainstream or otherwise. ISIW's latest report is titled Offensives, Ground Taken and The Assumptions of Frontal Conflict: On Syria and The Material Dynamics of Insurgency. (Full report linked below.)
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23 Jan 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / International : Organizing : War and Militarism
HOW EUROPE'S SOCIAL MOVEMENTS CONVERGED IN AMSTERDAM TO PLAN 2014 #EUINCRISIS
Originally published by Transnational Institute

The Transnational Institute hosted in Amsterdam a European strategy meeting in October which brought together different European social movements on the front lines of resistance against the neoliberal E.U. austerity regime.

Austerity, privatization and attacks on social rights, imposed by the European Commission, have become a reality for people across Europe. While there have been many impressive struggles at the national level - especially in Southern Europe - European coordination is still weak apart from sporadic days of joint action.

In recent years European social movements have organized numerous meetings to analyze the situation. However, it also became clear that European social movements required a common strategy. Following the results of the E.U. economic governance assembly organized in the Alter Summit in Greece in June, the Amsterdam strategy meeting was called to coordinate European struggles against the Troika's imposition of neoliberal policies under the new E.U. economic governance regime.
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11 Jan 2014 | Filed under: News / Globalization : International : Organizing
Lynne Stewart Coming Home
lynne-stewart-1-1.jpgLynne Stewart to be granted compassionate release.
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01 Jan 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
The Farmer's Market Biked To Your Door
DSC_0118.JPGValley Green Feast, Western Mass’s trusted local, organic food delivery service debuts in Boston on January 8th with the help of bike couriers, Boston Collective Delivery.

Valley Green Feast
PO Box 632 Northampton, MA 01061
www.valleygreenfeast.coop
greenfeast (at) gmail.com
413.588.8704
Contact: Rebekah Hanlon
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18 Dec 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment
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