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Saint Patrick's Peace Parade-Sunday March 16th
St Pats - Flyer-2014.jpgCARLOS ARREDONDO – GRAND MARSHAL OF SAINT PATRICK’S PEACE PARADE
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05 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / War and Militarism
Insomnia Cookies Forced to Compensate Fired Workers
"...Something told me to stand up for what I believe in. To me,
this victory was worth every bit of the struggle."
- Jonathan Peña, IWW
member and Insomnia Cookies Striker.

Four workers at Insomnia Cookies' Cambridge store went on strike on August
19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding
$15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company
illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members,
allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University
held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized
boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and
Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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05 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Video/Photos-March Against Global Corruption
Snapshot - 101.jpgBoston, Mass.-March 1, 2014:
The weekly sat. peace vigil at Park St. is joined by the
March Against Global Corruption.
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02 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Dorchester man seeks new trial, citing withheld evidence, police corruption
A man falsely convicted of murder seeks release after twenty years in prison. A police officer paid to work security at a business was sleeping in his police vehicle when some took his gun and shot and killed him.
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19 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Minimum Wage Hikes
raiseupma.jpgReposted from Cradle of Liberty

During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama expressed his intent to sign an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Though some very vocal pundits and politicians were outraged by the president’s decision to bypass the legislative branch to enact a wage hike, the executive order he wrote is limited to new contracts starting in 2015 and does not apply to contract renewals unless there are significant changes to the terms of the contract, such as the number of employees or type of work involved. The budget for federal contracts shrinks every year, decreasing the number of new contracts with it. So President Obama’s executive order will actually have very little impact. But the brazenness of a unilateral action to give the lowest-wage earners working for the federal government a little bump called attention to two issues that have been on the minds and placards of many in the past few years: poverty and inequality.
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11 Feb 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Organizing : Politics
Baystate Nurses Strike Averted - Agreement Reached
Baystate Nurse.jpgThe one day labor union strike by nurses at the Franklin County Baystate hospital has been called off. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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09 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Franklin Medical Ctr Nurses Labor Union to Stike 10 Feb 2014
Baystate nurses.jpgA strike has been called by the nurses labor union for Monday, 10 February 2014. An injury to one is an injury to all.
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08 Feb 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
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
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