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Funeral Procession in Boston Joins National Protests Against Israel's Incursion in Gaza
BWP1100722.pngBoston, Mass.--Around 400 people with home-made coffins marched in downtown Boston in a silent funeral procession to join protests around the world against Israel's military aggression in Gaza. Thousands marched in major cities in Europe, Arab countries, and the United States to express their outrage for the killings of so far 821 Palestinians, including 235 children, and close to 3700 wounded (50% of them women and children). Thirteen Israelis have died in the offensive, ten of them soldiers.

“Palestinian people must be some of the most extraordinary human beings in the world to continue to survive and raise families and talk about peace under the conditions they are living in,” said Catherine Hoffman from the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project. “People who see Israel as the victim here, can see the power, absolute power that Israel wields in Palestine, not just now in terms of the killing, but everyday in terms of the occupation.”

RELATED: Watch video of the funeral procession, by Michael Borkson:
http://openmediaboston.org/node/498
Cambridge City Council Adopts Gaza Resolution
http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/breaking-news-cambridge-city-counc
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Workers Understand Democracy, Say Pass Employee Free Choice Act
EFCA4.jpgAlmost eight in 10 Americans support legislation that would make it easier for workers to join or organize labor unions, according to a new national survey from Peter D. Hart and Associates released this week.

The opinion poll was designed to gather public views on the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill in Congress that would impose tough sanctions against employers who harass or fire workers who try to join unions, reduce federal red tape on certifying unions, and give workers the choice about whether they want to vote on their union by card check or by secret ballot.
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
Bostonians Arrested Demanding End to US-Funded Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
DSC_7161.pngBOSTON – A diverse group of 30 Palestinian-Americans, Jewish Americans and supporters dramatized the US funded Israeli war crimes in Gaza with a "die-in" at the Israeli Consulate at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, MA. Demonstrators carried poster-sized images of the recent carnage in Gaza and read some of the names of the over 700 Palestinian dead as a result of US-funded Israeli aggression. Susan Barney, Rick Colbath-Hess, Ridgely Fuller, and Patrick Keaney, were arrested when they refused to leave the lobby of the consulate building, until Israel agreed to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and to end its 18-month blockade on Gaza, which has prevented Palestinians from having food, medicine and electricity.

RELATED: "The people of Gaza are not alone!" Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto [audio report]
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17138
Protesters Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Montreal
http://www.tadamon.ca/post/2565
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08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Semantics of a Massacre
mike.pngCommon knowledge has come to regard black as white in the "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict. This article is attempting to set the record straight when it comes to the fundamental truths and the political context of the controversy. Israel has invaded and is currently an occupation force in Palestine, Palestinians have a right to armed resistance and what is happening now in Gaza is not war, but pure massacre.

It seems that what is in order for a clear understanding of the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians, is a return to “first principles”, the essential historical causes of the conflict. This is necessary because our perception of the events in Palestine has been suppressed and conditioned by layer after layer of western orientalist propaganda which has brought about in our minds an effective inversion of the roles that each party plays in the conflict.

RELATED: Hundreds Demonstrate in Support of Gaza as Israeli Air Attacks Turn to Ground Invasion [includes VIDEO]
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/486
Anti-war Protests Escalate as Israel Launches Ground War
http://indymedia.us/en/2009/01/35351.shtml
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04 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Gaza Rally Outside Israeli Consulate
crowd.pngOn the fourth day of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, hundreds of Bostonians turned out to a rally to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The rally, which was organized by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, took place in front of the office building that houses the Israeli Consulate’s office in Boston’s Back Bay. The spirited rally was followed by a boisterous march from the Israeli Consulate to Copley Square, where preparations for Boston’s First Night were underway.

RELATED: AUDIO report about protest at Israeli Consulate, broadcasted on WMBR, 88.1FM:
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17117

RESOURCE: web site Gaza Siege, created by a local activist, for more information about Gaza:
http://gazasiege.org/

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO THE MASSACRE IN GAZA:
https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/10048/index.php
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31 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Local Actions in Solidarity with Gaza
ester2.pngOn Monday, actions in solidarity with Gaza occurred in several locations around Boston. In Cambridge, about 100 people showed up with signs (see article from Open Media Boston below). The number of people was smaller in Roxbury Crossing, but they still made their presence. A larger rally and march has been planned in downtown Boston for Tuesday afternoon to join a National Day of Action.

RELATED: From DC Indymedia, Over 100 Protest Israeli Atrocities in Gaza at Obama Transition HQ
http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/145087/index.php
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30 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
A Mayoral Directive and a Boston City Council Order for the More Routine Transmittal of City Public Documents
History is what you think of when you think of the city of Boston. Yet the history of city hall departments needs to be made more accessible to those of us with strong interests in municipal governmental history. Routinely public access is deflected or blocked for public meetings and to public records regardless of what officials claim about transparency.

A Mayoral Directive and a Boston City Council Order are needed for the more routine transmittal of public city documents to our Government Documents Department http://bpl.org/research/govdocs/local.htm of Boston Public Library. In addition to the city http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/ archives http://www.orgsites.com/ma/boston-friends/index.html city departments keep their own archives but deflect interest when approached.
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30 Dec 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Media : Politics
Banner Drop Over Storrow Drive in Support of Palestinians
banner1.pngToday before the evening rush, activists dropped a banner that read "The Real Terrorists: The US & Israel." The action was done in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza and in the West Bank who are currently under attack by the Israeli Military. WIth the increasing violence against unarmed civilians in Gaza, it is important to be aware of the support that the US government gives to the Israeli Military, including supplying them with "bunker buster" bombs which have been used in the last three days of attacks, which have killed over 315 people.
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29 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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