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Cambridge City Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose Surveillance Cameras
surveillance.PNGBOSTON -- In the first move of this kind in the state--and perhaps the nation--Cambridge City Council voted 9-0 on February 2, 2009, to oppose the installation in the city of eight surveillance cameras. The cameras were intended to form part of a network funded with a $4.6 million Department of Homeland Security grant linking Cambridge and eight other Greater Boston communities.

The Council took this action after two sessions during which Councilors sought to learn more about a secretive grant process that was four to six years in the making. They also heard testimony from dozens of Cambridge residents who feared the cameras could violate their First Amendment and privacy rights.
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05 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Technology
Rising Tide Boston Crashes Talk by Arch Coal CEO
coal-bubble.PNGBoston, MA - Seven activists from Rising Tide Boston disrupted a lecture at Harvard University being delivered by Arch Coal CEO Steve Leer, who was speaking on the future of “clean coal” technology. The activists attempted to enlighten the coal baron and the lecture attendees on the true cost of coal extraction. "Arch coal is participating in the destructive practice of mountaintop removal," says Tyler Kinser, a member of Rising Tide Boston. "How can coal ever be clean when entire communities are being poisoned and displaced by coal extraction?"

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=j-gaTWBptKE
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05 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment
Philippines: Don’t revive the “Monster of Morong, Bataan”
Bataan-Nuclear-Power-Plant-Philippines.jpgMonday, 02 February 2009 MANILA, Philippines—For making the public choose between paying more for power generation that they do not need to begin with, and tolerating misplaced priorities where debt service supersedes social welfare, the Freedom from Debt Coalition today urged Congress to stop the planned rehabilitation, re-commission and commercial operation of the controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
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04 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment : International : Politics : Social Welfare : Technology
Venezuela: Terror in Perija
afichesolidaridadyukpas-2008.GIF* The following article was originally published on Jan. 30 2009 in El Mundo, a Caracas daily. Written by a member of the editorial collective of El Libertario www.nodo50.org/ellibertario , it calls attention to what we fear is a bloody attack against these original inhabitants of the western part of the country.
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03 Feb 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International
Justice for Jason: Raise your voice against racism in our state!
JasonVassellPhoto.jpgOn February 3, 2008 Jason Vassell, an African-American student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the victim of a racist hate crime. He has been further victimized by a racist prosecution. We, a coalition of community organizations, students and faculty, seek solidarity in challenging this racist prosecution.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Race
Home Depot, Bank of America Executives Caught on Tape trying to Defeat the EFCA
Bank of America, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, Rick Berman founder of Union Facts exposed on tape trying to Defeat The Employee Free Choice Act. Audio of the conference call, which was obtained by the Huffington Post, is excerpted throughout this piece to provide a clearer insight into the pitched battle surrounding the Employee Free Choice legislation.

Participants on the October 17 call--including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG--were urged to persuade their clients to send "large contributions" to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill. Bernie Marcus, the charismatic co-founder of Home Depot, led the call along with Rick Berman, an aggressive EFCA opponent and founder of the Center for Union Facts.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
Alexander: Obama’s $825 Billion Stimulus Plan offers too little, too late
With less than 10 days in office, President Barack Obama has indicated that his $825 billion economic stimulus package will energize the U.S. economy and create future jobs for more than three million Americans. Socialists nationwide are rejecting this new call for deficit spending and are calling for programs that will meet the short and long term needs of the nation and create immediate employment for the millions of working people that are unemployed or under-employed.
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30 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
BAAM # 17 Released!
baam17pg1.pngThe 17th issue of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement Newsletter is now available for PDF download. You can also find it at some of Boston's local community centers, or if you order a subscription, have it mailed to your door.
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28 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
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