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Boston May Day March
New_May Day-Boston 5-1-09 001.jpgAbout 400 people marched from East Boston to Chelsea to Everett to observe May Day--a day for workers' and immigrants' rights. Organized by several local organizations such as Centro Presente, the Chelsea Collaborative, the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBEC), the American Friends Service Committee, and the Boston May Day Coalition, people marched the streets under the motto “Yesterday We Voted for Change, Today We Demand Change!”

"Without immigrants this country of ours--because it's ours as well--would not be in any way near as good as it is," said Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities. "It is because of immigrants of yesterday, immigrants of today, and immigrants of tomorrow, that this nation is indeed still, in spite of all the difficulties, a beacon of hope."

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02 May 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
BAAM #21 May Day!
Baam21 Complete-1.pngThe Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement's 21st newsletter celebrates May Day 2009.

"In the U.S. in the late 1800s, workers in general and migrant workers in particular
faced abysmal conditions on the job. Workers, including children, could suffer 16 or more hours a day under dangerous, stifling sweatshop conditions to earn starvation wages and live in cramped quarters. Like today, workers poured in from all over the world to pursue the American Dream through their own honest labor. Workers came from Ireland, Italy, Germany, China, Russia, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Syria, Slovakia, Poland and elsewhere in search of better lives. When they arrived, however, they faced blatant racism and hate, just like migrant workers do today. Eking out hard livings in tight-knit ethnic communities, most were considered second-class citizens, regarded as diseased criminals, untrustworthy scoundrels and, more importantly, a cheap and dispensable source of labor..." (download PDF for full article)
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01 May 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
An Alternative Explanation for the "Health Emergency" in Mexico
flupaper.pngAs many are beginning to notice, the number of deaths attributed to the swine flu in Mexico has been greatly exaggerated. The first sign that something was amiss should have been the absence of information on the identities of the deceased. Missing were the normally present stories on the tragic lives of the victims. The second sign that something was amiss should have been the impressively small number of attributed deaths outside of Mexico. Despite all the hype, we are now finding out that this strain of swine flu is largely benign. How could such a small story have enveloped the world and caused global panic? The only real disaster has been memetic. The virus that threatens us is not a physical virus, but a memetic virus: the false rumor of a pandemic.
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01 May 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / International
Sculpture Artist Receives Life Achievement Award
richardhunt2.jpgFor the most part, his representationalist sculpture captures and sets forth a message with the force of a sudden wind storm. And in a city held together by threads of promise, the sculpture of the artist Richard Hunt breaks free from formality and brings one quickly into a realm of light, text, and shadow which only folded, hammered, heated and burnished bronzes and steels can do. His work directs, without speaking.
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29 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / International
Who's the Dummy Now? Police Overreact, Deactive Mannequin
dummy.pngOn March 31st, a brand new organization called Mannequins for Climate Justice chained a dummy to the door of a Kenmore Square Bank of America (BOA) with a bike lock, setting in motion a bizarre chain of events.

Police rushed to the scene and shut down all of Kenmore Square—taping off the area and blocking traffic—followed closely by ambulances, swarms of reporters and even news helicopters. Next, according to the Boston Phoenix, “bomb squad guys—one in a full space suit, plus their bomb-killing robot—were called in,” adding to the absurd spectacle.
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27 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment
BAAM Issue 20
baam20opt-1.pngThe monthly newsletter of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement
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21 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
The World to Come: Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Economy
jlbook.gif"I'm always intrigued when talking heads rush to comfort their viewers with news that the economy is bouncing back because, for that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average may be performing well..." [LISTEN TO AUDIO]

BOSTON EVENT FOR MUMIA, APRIL 24: Friday, April 24th, 6:30 pm, Boston, MA: Great Hall, Codman Square, 637 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
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20 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
Controversial Senate elections planned in Haiti
haiti.pngThe apparent decision to green light the contentious ballot by Obama comes on the heels of a ruling by Haiti's Provisional Election Council or CEP to exclude the Fanmi Lavalas party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on procedural grounds.
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13 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / International
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