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The Democrats vs. Public Education
48_Charter_Schools.pngPublic education in the United States is under heavy attack. And because a so-called “progressive” President is leading the charge, many education activists have been lulled to sleep while on lookout duty. Obama recently announced his “race to the top” program to “reform” education. Much like Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Obama’s plan represents progress for education in name only.

In reality, Obama’s plan is to lure cash-starved schools into a “competition” to accept federal funds, with dangerous strings attached. The two most devious conditions are the widespread creation of charter schools and the implementation of teacher merit pay. Both of these items have been long-condemned by progressive educational advocates as well as the majority of the nation’s teachers. If implemented, they would have a destructive effect on public education.
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28 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
A Call to Action for Street Medics, Clinicians, and Herbalists
daisyPB.pngA newly formed faction of the Seeds of Peace Collective, named Eastern Seeds of Peace, is committed to organizing medical infrastructure in support of the expected large-scale actions against the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference and G20 Summit in Pittsburgh in late September. This is a call to action for street medics, clinicians, herbalists, and all those interested in contributing to the medical support that is crucial to the success of the planned marches and demonstrations.

In late May, it was announced that both the G20 Summit and the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference will be hosted by the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the same week (9/20-9/25) in late September. Two groups of activists, the G20 Resistance Project and the Pittsburgh Organizing Group, have taken responsibility for organizing a response to these gala events and they have been hard at work for the past two months building the general infrastructure to support an activist response to these events.
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22 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing
ICRC - Israel Traps Gazans in Deprivation and Despair
gaza_enewsletter.pngFounded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross is an "impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance." It also tries "to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles." It's legally mandated to do it under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and has had a permanent presence in Gaza since 1968.

Currently 109 ICRC staff work there, including 19 expatriates. They remained throughout Operation Cast Lead and witnessed firsthand the carnage and destruction that took place.
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17 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Citizens Launch Group To Halt Nuclear Reactor On Chesapeake Bay
Press Release--Concerned Marylanders from around the state have come together to launch People Against A Radioactive Chesapeake (PAARC). The grassroots citizens group brings together members from local anti-nuclear organizations: Southern Maryland CARES, the Crabshell Alliance, and the Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition in an effort to halt construction of a Giant 1,710 Megawatt EXPERIMENTAL NUCLEAR REACTOR proposed for the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant on the Chesapeake Bay.
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17 Jul 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment
Interview: Inmate Darrell Jones Speaks Out Against Massachusetts Prisons
group.pngMassachusetts ranks high among those prisons that are overcrowded. There is poor medical treatment, according to the inmates, prison racism, abuses, and poor nutritional food among some of the complaints. What Massachusetts prisons do have is a large number of Correctional Officers. In a state that is suffering from unemployment, and an over loaded budget, the hiring of Correction officers don't seem to be affected at all.

One Massachusetts inmate Darrell Jones (see other article)could see the abuses and racism in Massachusetts prisons, and decided to watch, take notes, and eventually report on an audio tape what he felt was going on. Upon release of the audio tape on the Internet, the next day he was thrown into "the hole." He was soon transferred from OCCC to MCI Norfolk, where he currently housed.
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16 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights
Bioweapons, Dangerous Vaccines, and Threats of a Global Pandemic
biowarfare.pngAlthough international law prohibits the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons, America has had an active biological warfare program since at least the 1940s. In 1941, it began secret developmental efforts using controversial testing methods. During WW II, mustard gas was tested on about 4000 servicemen. Biological weapons research was also conducted. Human subjects were used as guinea pigs in various other experiments, and numerous illegal practices continued to the present, including secretly releasing toxic biological agents in US cities to test the effects of germ warfare.
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07 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Local Hondurans and Supporters Demand Return of Democracy in Honduras at City Hall Rally
paty.pngBOSTON/Government Center - Over 25 immigrant, labor, and religious advocates - some of them Honduran - held a brief protest between rain storms at City Hall against the military coup in Honduras this week and demanded that deposed President Manuel Zaleya be returned to power immediately.

LISTEN TO LIVE AUDIO REPORTS FROM HONDURAS:
http://radio.indybay.org/honduras.m3u
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06 Jul 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing
BAAM #23 Released!
Baam_23_Complete01.pngThe Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement's 23rd Monthly Newsletter is now available for PDF Download. Hard copies will soon be distributed to community centers and newspaper boxes.

This month's issue:
-The American Revolution Failed, pg 2
-Dyke March, pg 3
-Dissent and Repression in Iran, pg 4
-The MTA is Dead, Long live the MTA, p 6
-Protesters Voice Concern for Indigenous Massacre
in Peru, p 8
-Technological Emancipation, p 9
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04 Jul 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
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