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Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles releases policy change for changing gender markers
mtpc_logoplus110.pngThe Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has amended its policy regarding changing gender markers on state issued identification such as driver's licenses or Massachusetts ID.

The new policy requires a person who wishes to change the gender marker on their state issued identification to submit an updated application together with a Gender Designation Change Form, signed by him or her and a medical provider attesting to the gender that the individual considers himself or herself to be. The policy no longer requires a person to submit medical proof of sex reassignment surgery or an amended birth certificate. The next edition of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Driver's Manual will reflect the agency's policy amendments.
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27 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Gender : GLBT/Queer : Politics
Defend the Hyde Square 7!
On October 21, 2008 seven Jamaica Plain anti-war and social justice activists were confronted by police while standing in conversation on a public sidewalk off Centre Street. When they asserted their right to assemble in public and asked for reasons why the police demanded to see their identification, they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The group, who has been called the Hyde Square Seven, has fought the charges. Over the course of three hearings at West Roxbury District Court, all motions to dismiss the charges have been denied, and the Hyde Square Seven will stand trial on Wednesday, January 28 at West Roxbury District Court.
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27 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
These nights are for Alexis: A closer look into the December uprising in Greece
Ljubljana_20.12._spanska1.pngEleven days after the 15-year old boy Alexandros Grogopoulos was killed by a police bullet in Athens, I decide to travel to Greece. The following article is no news, nor is it an analysis of the news. It is an attempt to create more understanding of the inner workings of the uprising, the sociopolitical and cultural climate in which it took place and the movement behind it. It does not attempt to give an objective representation of the uprising instead it is written from a highly subjective perspective and a compilation of interviews I held with people from the anarchist/anti-autoritarian movement in Thessaloniki.
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25 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Interview / International
Leonard Peltier Beaten In Prison
Leonard Peltier.jpgNative American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was badly beaten and injured by other inmates after being moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania. Here is an urgent call for action by Leonard's sister and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

RELATED: 2/2/09: Leonard Peltier Transferred Back to Prison in Lewisburg, PA (from Democracy Now!)

And the imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier has been moved back to prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, weeks after he was attacked shortly after being transferred to another prison in Pennsylvania. Friday will mark the thirty-third anniversary of his arrest. He was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence and is widely considered a political prisoner in the United States.
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22 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Anti-Zionist Protest at the Israeli Consulate
gaza-funeral-483.pngOn Friday, January 16th a march and rally was held to protest the ongoing genocide by Israel in the Gaza Strip. Approximately 300 people gathered in front of 20 Park Plaza, home of the Israeli consulate, to express their outrage and revulsion at Israel's massacre of the Palestinian people.
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Noam Chomsky Speaks on the Gaza Crisis
Noam_chomsky_cropped.pngOn January 13, Noam Chomsky addressed the crisis in Gaza at a talk held at MIT. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. For video and audio coverage of this event, please visit www.gazasiege.org:

http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/video-noam-chomsky-on-gaza.html
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
Zimbabwe's Future Under a New U.S. Administration?
zimbabwe_green_map.gifBob Herbert the African-American New York Times columnist has just published a column in the New York Times called "Zimbabwe" in which he claims that Zimbabwe it is in a total mess and that it's all the president of Zimbabwe's fault. The president of Zimbabwe is of course Robert Mugabe and he has been president from the very beginning of the creation of the state of Zimbabwe out of what was a very brief but successful political uprising of the overwhelming majority black population of Rhodesia against the colonial British white settlers who stole the country, controlled the economy and owned practically all the farmland.
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Race
An Interfaith Declaration for Peace
GCV035.pngOn Tuesday, January 13, around 300 members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered in the Boston Commons for a silent vigil calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. Boston-area religious leaders from all Abrahamic religions have jointly written a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The statement is posted in full below.

RELATED: Jewish Activists Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles
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Lockdown at Israeli Consulate in San Francisco
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/15/18563368.php
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15 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : War and Militarism
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