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¡Pedro Juan Tavarez, Presente! ICE/Prisons Claim Yet Another Life in Boston
On October 19, 2009, 49-year-old Pedro Juan Tavarez died in a Boston hospital while in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody. While he was working as a taxi driver in Providence last year, law enforcement stopped the Dominican man for speeding. Record checks found ‘discrepancies’ related to federal immigration violations and he was brought to Suffolk County House of Corrections, alternately known as South Bay, for detention.
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04 Nov 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Race
BAAM Issue 27 November 2009
Baam 27-1.pngThe newsletter of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement
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02 Nov 2009 | Filed under: News / Politics
STOP! the BU Bioterror Lab marched on the Boston University Campus
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On Friday, October 30th, 2009 a determined group of 15-20 anti-authoritarians, anarchists and concerned citizens marched on the Boston University campus with a message to send for the students and faculty: STOP the BU Bioterror Laboratory NOW!

Beginning around 2:30 in the afternoon and ending several hours later, a group consisting of the infamous Raging Grannies, people dressed in laboratory containment suits, and walking zombies came to life and marched all over the Boston University campus playing music, and chanting, "The Bio-lab ain't no good! We don't want it in our neighborhood!" along with other chants made upon the spot. The group was accompanied by people handing out leaflets with information about the BSL-4 Bioterror lab that was built during the Bush (W) years and with the full support of the current Mayor Menino. A bullhorn shouting information into the crowds of seemingly stunned BU students as they moved between classes along Commonwealth Ave in the afternoon.

Boston University administrators (who refused to give their names) were on-scene to make sure that the non-violent demonstration was carefully watched by a mixture of different law enforcement agencies. The campus police were the most visible but they were joined by Boston police and what looked like federal officers driving in circles around the group with their black cars with tinted windows taking pictures of the demonstrators as they chanted and made their way up and down Commonwealth Ave engaging every passerby with information and some music.

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For a few video clips taken during the march, please visit the following links:

http://www.archive.org/details/Raging_Grannies_being_educated_about_zomb
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http://www.archive.org/details/Biolab-willUHoldThemAccountable

http://www.archive.org/details/Biolab-megaphone_speech
30 Oct 2009 Modified: 11:36:17 PM | Filed under: News / Technology : War and Militarism
Racism at Harvard
Rally for Ravi Raj!
Thurs. 10/29, 12 noon
1737 Cambridge St (aka CGIS Knafel Building)
Cambridge MA

Read on for the details of Ravi's case.
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28 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor : Race
FBI Arrests Sudbury Man for Being a Muslim
Tariq Mehanna, of Sudbury, MA, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI in connection with alleged terrorist plots. This is not the first time he has been harassed by the FBI (Mehanna was arrested in 2008 and later released due to lack of real evidence). Mehanna is a devout Muslim and a highly respected figure in his community.
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23 Oct 2009 | Filed under: News / International : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Photos / Video Boston Anti-War Afghanistan Protest
New_Afghanistan Anti-War  10-17-09 002.jpgBoston, MA-Oct. 17, 2009:
About a thousand activists rallied and marched through downtown Boston to protest the US wars against Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.
October marks the 8th anniv. of the US invasion of Afghanistan.
video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF2qn9qFusQ

additional photos at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/
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18 Oct 2009 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Honkfest!
4012422132f96d2decfd.pngLast weekend radical marching bands, circuses and street performers gathered in Somerville, MA for the 2009 Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands.
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14 Oct 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
Noam Chomsky on the Cuban 5
Chomsky was itnerviewed by Radio Havana Cuba on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the arbitrary arrest and detention in Miami of Cubans Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, who after a legally flawed trial in Miami District Court, are incarcerated in US prisons for infiltrating anti-Cuba Miami based groups of terrorists with the aim of defending Cuba against US based terrorism. As Professor Chomsky says in this interview "They weren't criminals. They were heroes". He points out "that the only way to remedy the injustice is to withdraw the charges completely".
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13 Oct 2009 | Filed under: News / International
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