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Operation LIPSTICK: A Case Study in Propaganda and Counter Insurgency
Late last month Open Media Boston posted an article titled Antiviolence Activists Join City Officials To Launch MBTA-Wide Ad Campaign. The campaign in question was for Operation LIPSTICK, aka Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, an organization that is attempting to reduce shootings in neighborhoods of color by convincing women to stop buying guns for felons (who are legally barred from owning firearms). LIPSTICK is an offshoot of a nonprofit group called Citizens for Safety, who describe themselves as "a community coalition working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youths without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans." The OMB article is essentially a puff piece. The author, Dave Goodman, expresses some skepticism about the efficacy of the MBTA ad campaign, but none about LIPSTICK or their mission, even claiming that "it’s extremely difficult to question the motivations behind the campaign."

Unfortunately, it's actually pretty easy. Even a cursory look at LIPSTICK's strategy and methods reveals a deeply problematic organization that is likely doing far more harm than good. To see why, read on.
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13 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Media : Police and Prisons : Race
URGENT ACTION: Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine
NU_SJP.jpgWith profound disappointment and righteous indignation Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine announces it has been suspended as an organization. SJP is disappointed because Northeastern’s claims of creating a diverse learning environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas and promotes Academic Freedom are impossible to reconcile with the university’s decision to suppress our speech and suspend our political group. As if banning our activities from campus and denying us all use of campus resources wasn’t outrageous enough, the university is pursuing expulsion-level sanctions for two students—all for participation in a mock eviction action. SJP is furious to report the only individuals to face our school’s opaque disciplinary process are two young women of color; none of the white or male participants have faced any charges. This unprecedented ban and appalling prosecutions are the latest attempt by the university to suppress pro-Palestine speech, and continues the university’s disturbing history of enacting injustice.
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12 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / International : Organizing : Race
Three Upcoming Actions This Week
Dear Black Rose friends and comrades // Queridxs amigxs y camaradas de Rosa Negra,

[español a continuación]

It seems like the struggle just won't wait for Spring! Between victories, attacks, and ongoing fights, things are heating up and the snow is finally melting! Please join us in the streets for 3 actions this week and more in the coming weeks. Here are some upcoming actions we will be participating in. Details below. Hope to see you there!

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¡Parece que la lucha simplemente no va esperar hasta la primavera! Entre las victorias, los ataques y las luchas en desarrollo, se está calentando la cosa y por fin la nieve se está derritiendo! Por favor, únanse a nosotrxs en la calle para 3 acciones esta semana y más en las próximas semanas. Les enviamos la información de las próximas actividades en que vamos a estar participando. Detalles a continuación. ¡Esperamos verles ahí!

Solidarity // Solidaridad, Black Rose//Rosa Negra - Boston
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12 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / International
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
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