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Chuck Turner Stands for Us, We Stand with Chuck
In an amazing show of solidarity, people in Boston's progressive community stand for Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner defying FBI charges of corruption. We repost here a report-back from the latest community gathering for Chuck. -- BIMC Editors

Ever the visionary, ever the rebel, Councilor Turner rallied hundreds of supporters and neighbors at Roxbury Community College this evening. In a crowd that swelled from a capacity of 300 at the outset to a couple hundred more at its high point, Turner methodically refuted the two main media narratives against him: “victimhood” and “need for new leadership”. Throughout the emotional evening, the Councilor and all the speakers, singers, and poets connected with a deep spirituality as they prepared for the next day’s hearing in federal court. The event however was grounded by a serious analysis of US Attorney Sullivan’s motives in bringing charges against Councilor Turner.
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11 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Organizing
39th National Day of Mourning
United American Indians of New England gathered at Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and marched with about 150 of their supporters through the streets of Plymouth on Thanksgiving afternoon. They were not there to celebrate the myth of what is taught about the Pilgrims arriving here almost 400 years ago, but rather they want the truth of that time to be told, Native American heritage recognized, and they called for political prisoner, Leonard Peltier to be released. The Wampanoag were the first natives to greet Pilgrims.

LISTEN TO AUDIO REPORT:
http://radio.indymedia.org/es/node/17091

VIDEO (by Michael Borkson):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7shewtqNfEQ
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30 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
BAAM Issue 15
The Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement's 15th monthly newsletter. Enjoy.
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26 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Photos--Chuck Turner press conference/rally
chuck turner rally 012.jpgSeveral hundred people gathered in front of Boston City Hall today 11-24-08 to support Boston city councillor Chuck Turner.
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16 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
City Councilor Chuck Turner's Public Statement on His Arrest
turner.jpgBoston City Councilor Chuck Turner was arrested last Friday, November 21st, by the FBI under corruptions charges that he denies, and was later released on a $50,000 bond. Since 2000, Turner has been one of the most progressive politicians in Boston, supporting minority groups, poor families, and other anti-war, economic and social justice issues. Below you will find the full statement he released upon his arrest:

"While I intensely dislike and think that it is highly unfair to decide a person's guilt or innocence through the media, it is clear that once you become the target of a media witch hunt, you either fight back by presenting the essence of your legal defense or allow the media wolves to destroy your reputation so that the jury's decision becomes irrelevant to public perception...

For further updates, please visit:
http://supportchuckturner.com

For news updates, please also see Open Media Boston:
http://openmediaboston.org/
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24 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Politics : Race
Workers Struggle with Intimidation after ICE Raids in New Bedford
IMG_1769.preview.JPGOver a year after the immigration raids in New Bedford, the working conditions at Eagle Industries (formely known as Michael Bianco) have continued to worsen as workers struggle for labor rights. In an interview with Maria Gonsalves, lead organizer from UNITE HERE, she talked about how the new factory owners have used intimidation tactics against the workers who have tried to organize there.

LISTEN: Interview with Maria Gonsalvez, lead organizer with UNITE here, can be downloaded here:
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17075
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20 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Race
AIG, Congress and the Taxpayers
Why are we continuing to let the government bail out a failing business that is misusing taxpayer money? Surely there are independently owned businesses, and even individuals, that could put that money to far better use.

What is up with AIG? The taxpayers, by way of the government and without being asked, have given AIG more than $122 Billion in funds (the amount is actually said to be more like $152 Billion) to keep the failing insurance giant afloat, and yet AIG cannot seem to tighten its belt. American Insurance Group, a company originally founded in China, has been caught spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in perks for executive, top producers and independent advisor retreats since its taxpayer bailout.
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20 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Media : Politics
Terrorizing Dissent: RNC 2008
blankTerrorizingposter1_sm.jpgGlass Bead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia, and other independent media activists have released a new film, 'Terrorizing Dissent', an exposé of events at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more than forty cameras on the streets, 'Terrorizing Dissent' focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" speak out against the government's campaign to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community organizing as terrorism.

There will be a screening of Terrorizing Dissent at the Lucy Parsons Center on December 5th at 7 PM. The LPC is located at 549 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA
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15 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / DNC : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
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