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MS. STOVALL'S CANTICLES
mornings.gifNew England is hardly known for an absence of culture or a failure to appreciate the arts. In fact, Cambridge, Massachusetts can legitimately be tagged as the epicenter, the cradle of the tension and brawls between the cultural melieus of tradition and modernity. Sparks fly from these collisions and engagements on a daily, if not hourly schedule.

The work of Suesan Stovall, now on exhibit in the Neil and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University is an example of such an encounter. For in this canticle, Ms. Stovall has fronted and framed her song and stories, and in the house that Henry Louis “Skip” Gates built, her images, both stinging and sacred, float in the ether as if she’s held a backstage pass to the African American experience. They are neither burdened nor ponderous, yet insisting of place somewhere, talisman like, and in all American households.
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01 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Review / Human Rights : Race
Plan Colombia Heads for Mexico
spp14.jpgCall it NAFTA on steroids. In fact, Plan Mexico is part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America's (SPP) grand scheme to militarize the continent, let corporate predators exploit it, and keep people from three countries none the wiser. Most aid will go to Mexico's military and police forces with its major portion earmarked back to US defense contractors for equipment, training and maintenance. It's how these schemes always work.
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28 May 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
Veterans For Peace Memorial Day Observance--End The Wars Now
New_Veterans For Peace Memorial Day 5-26-08 020.jpgVeterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Gold Star Families observed Memorial Day in Boston, calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now; no more civilian and military deaths; and adequate care for veterans when they return home.

LISTEN: Audio report from Chuck U. Rosina (Click on Read full article)

RELATED: From DN! Memorial Day Special…Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify Before Congress
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/26/memorial_day_specialwinter_soldier
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27 May 2008 Modified: 09:13:12 AM | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Popular High School Teacher Obain Attouoman Deported by Federal Government
obain.jpgBOSTON/Fenway - Obain Attouoman, a popular math teacher at Fenway High School, was deported yesterday to his native country of Ivory Coast. Details are sketchy. Parents were alerted to the teacher's deportation through an automated phone call that was transmitted to all student's homes.

LISTEN: David Goodman's radio report on Free Speech News Radio: http://www.fsrn.org/content/teacher-deported/2226

[Reposted from Open Media, a new online alternative news group: www.openmediaboston.org]
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27 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Education
Hundreds of telephone workers demonstrate against shifting burden of health care costs to employees
IMG_2036.jpgTelephone employees across Massachusetts spearheaded a day of action on May 22 to protest efforts by Verizon and many other employers to force workers to pay more for their health insurance premiums or increase co-pays and deductibles. Earlier this year, Verizon proposed raising premium costs and out-of pocket medical expenses for employees.

[IBEW and CWA unions, Jobs with Justice join with reform organizations in call for health care for all!]
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25 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
10,000 Strong Boston - A Call to Action
logo-cutout.gifIt is time to stand up, take responsibility and be accountable. Who Cares? We do. We doin' good in the hood. Are you tired of the drugs, guns, violence, crime, broken families, lack of guidance and direction. Are you in need of service? Will you serve? Do you need support? Will you support? Together we are 10,000 strong. If one can make a difference, what will 10,000 strong do? Think of it as a mini Million Man March for Boston.

A Rally...A Gathering... A Call to Action: Sunday June 22, 2008, Franklin Park.
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22 May 2008 Modified: 09:16:08 AM | Filed under: Announcement / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media
The Walk to Freedom: The Fight for Criminal Record Reform
cori.jpgA coalition of Massachusetts organizations have organized a four-day walk from Worcester to Boston to mobilize for CORI reform, a criminal record checking system that advocates say have kept many workers, mostly people of color, out of jobs. The walk began Sunday in Worcester City Hall and is expected to arrive at Bunker Community College by Thursday around 10:30 am. One of the participating organizations, EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement), is hoping to mobilize as many members of the community on its way to Boston.

VIDEO: See the kickoff of the march in Worcester: http://worcester.indymedia.org/node/27907
AUDIO: Listen to interview with EPOCA and BWA members (click on article to listen to audio):
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18 May 2008 Modified: 22 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race
Radio Free Palestine Broadcasts 18 Hours of Al-Nabka
nakba.jpgOn Thursday, May 15th from 12am until 6pm (EDT), "Radio Free Palestine" broadcasted on the 60 years of the Palestinian Nakba, when eighty-five percent of Palestinians living in what is today the state of Israel became refugees. To listen to an archive of this program: http://www.imemc.org/index.php?obj_id=2196

RELATED: Philly Indymedia: Mid East Peace Activists cast a Shadow of Mourning over “Israel at 60” Celebration: http://phillyimc.org/en/node/68274
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22 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
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