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Open Letter to the Anti-Tar Sands Movement
Dear Movement,
We think it’s time for us to have a conversation: a conversation that can help us address the work we need to do in order to build the true grassroots power than can dismantle the oppressive system that tar sands companies and people in power have worked so hard to profit from. For the past four years we’ve heard “leaders” like Bill McKibben call on us to take action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and we’ve responded, dutifully travelling to DC to march and protest as a group. We’ve also watched as decision makers have continuously stalled and appeased this movement by refusing to approve the full pipeline, while still consenting to the production, transportation, and refinement of this toxic substance in more and more places across the continent. It is time for us to do more than submit public comments to a system incentivized to ignore us, or chain ourselves to symbols that will look good for the media. The Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands is writing this open letter to call for a dialogue and action around developing an anti-tar sands movement that focuses on the root causes of this issue and unites communities and groups in a common goal to stop tar sands in its entirety.
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22 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing
Call In Succeeds! Migs To Be Released December 12
Migs1-250x300.jpgReposted from NATO 5 Support

After two months of call-in and letter-writing campaigns to his office, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Godinez has reduced Mark Neiweem’s punishment for possessing anarchist symbols and literature to ONE MONTH revoked good time. Mark will now be released on December 12, 2013.
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17 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Police and Prisons
Cops Fail to Stop Successful October 10 Picket of Insomnia Cookies
insomnia14.jpgReposted from the IWW Boston blog

On October 10, IWW members, with help from Harvard’s SLAM, the Bangladeshi Solidarity Network and the CP, picketed Insomnia Cookies’ Harvard Square location. Ridiculous numbers of Cambridge cops attempted to order protesters off the sidewalk to absolutely no effect. Picketers stood firm in their determination to expose Insomnia’s shocking labor practices and pressure the company to adopt a neutral stance towards union organizing.
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11 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Police and Prisons
Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity
Union members have watched in awe as fast food workers struck over the last year, calling for “$15 and a union.” Despite the slogan, however, the prevailing wisdom has been that union recognition isn’t really the goal; that’s too hard against giant employers insulated by a layer of franchises, with a part-time and transient workforce.
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09 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Don’t Quit, Strike! A Letter from an Insomnia Union Member to Insomnia Workers Everywhere
The following letter was written by a member of the Insomnia Workers Union, who are currently on strike against Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square. For more information see the Boston IWW blog and Boston Indymedia's previous coverage of the strike.
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08 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Boston Bus Drivers on Wildcat Strike
1375964_684950348183160_535105802_n.jpgThe Boston School Department announced today that bus drivers are conducting an "illegal" work stoppage. It remains unclear how many drivers are participating in the strike, but the number appears to be substantial.

The bus drivers, members of United Steelworkers of America local 8751, list multiple grievances on their Facebook page, including short paychecks, forced off-the-clock work, harassment by school officials, violation of the terms of the union's contract, and more. Since September the bus drivers have been employed by Veolia Transportation, who took over the contract from 1st Student.
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08 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Supreme Court Sides with Hedge Funds Against Argentina
The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take the landmark debt case between Argentina and bondholders led by NML Capital, a hedge fund that buys the debt of countries in financial crisis. Argentina is expected to file a second petition in the coming months that the Supreme Court will review and decide again if it will hear the case. In June, Argentina filed a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to overturn a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made last October. The ruling ordered Argentina to pay bondholders $1.33 billion based on the court’s interpretation of a pari passu, or parity clause.
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07 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Globalization : International : Politics : Social Welfare
Cradle of Liberty Issue #4 Out
We are proud to announce the release of Issue #4 of The Cradle of Liberty,
a Newsletter of Mass. Struggles. View it here: Print Version OR Web Version
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04 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Media
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