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Proposition 2 – Great Concept, Horrible Implementation
marijuana-leaf.jpgAs a fervent supporter of marijuana decriminalization, I looked at the actual text of the proposed legislature recently and was horrified by what I saw. Although the proposition delivers on decriminalization, as promised, it appears to open up a new way in which people can be charged and fined with possession of marijuana.

With support for marijuana decriminalization gaining in momentum, and the national election less than a week a way, I had relatively high expectations that Massachusetts voters would be able to create some positive change in the state on Tuesday. However, this all changed recently when I read the actual text being introduced.
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30 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Spread the Wealth of Wall Street, Big Oil, Tax-Evader Fox!
faux.jpgThe fascist Fox News of Rupert Murdoch has been whipping up a mania and false fear against socialism, Marxism and “spreading the wealth” But it is protecting only its own tax evasion and the speculative profit, predatory lending and price-gouging of Wall Street and Big Oil.

Led by rabid fascists Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, Fox News is conjuring up a false phobia and paranoia against socialism and Marxism. Frothing in the mouth, Fox right-wing commentators are spreading the false fear that socialism and Marxism will grab income from the working-class and middle-class.
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29 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization : Labor : Politics
Ralph Nader Marathon Campaign Tour-Boston (Video)
Ralph Nader-Boston 10-25-08 003.jpgRalph Nader, independent candidate for president, did a marathon 21 city campaign tour in Massachusetts all in one day Oct. 25, 2008. He is the only candidate to visit all 50 states. He spoke in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on his Boston visit, talking about the Wall Street bailout, the war, and the election.

To see 2 videos of Ralph Nader's speech in Boston, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/protestvideo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6eCzgBXjM4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JfTdo2hAus
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27 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Ground Noise and Static: Video Report on the DNC and RNC Protests of 2008
Grndnoise-cover72dpi.gifIn November, one or the other of the corporate candidates will win, and then, as always, it will be what the people do, not the politicians, that counts. This video report on the protests that occurred in connection with the Democrat and Republican National Conventions, Ground Noise & Static is a manifesto.

"We went to Denver and St. Paul to take the pulse of the movement. Corporate media would cover the platitudes and posturing of the politicians, we were interested in something else, a story hidden in plain sight, captured in the now-classic street chant, 'This is what democracy looks like.'"

WATCH THE VIDEO: http://www.submedia.tv/
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20 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC
Local leaders hold a dialogue with elected officials on Welcoming MA initiative to reaffirm respect for immigrants
IMG_1675.jpgSomerville, MA. Community Organizations, local businesses and communities of faith held a dialogue with elected officials in Somerville as part of a week of action to promote the Welcoming MA campaign. This campaign is a statewide initiative to affirm Massachusetts as a Commonwealth that welcomes and respects the dignity of all people. There will be more than thirty actions and events happening all over the state in support of the Welcoming, MA Campaign. "This Campaign is really about saying we want to have a civil dialogue about issues that relate to our immigrant friends and neighbors, and not resort to name-calling and stereotyping," said Danny LeBlanc, CEO of the Somerville Community Corporation. "I believe that those of us born in the U.S. have at least that minimum obligation with respect to how we treat newcomers to our country," stated LeBlanc.
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20 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Novartis Knock Down Day
36.jpgNovartis Knock Down Day is a call for actions against Novartis on Monday, October 27th for being one of Huntingdon Life Sciences’ (HLS’s) largest customers. Without customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) there simply would be no Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The customers pay Huntingdon to test products and carry out research. If Huntingdon lost all their customers then they would have no income and be forced to close. There are only ten companies which give Huntingdon Life Sciences 45% of their income; these include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Monday, October 27th is Novartis’ day.
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16 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Organizing
Honk! Festival Draws 25 Activist Street Bands to Somerville, MA
IMG_3398.jpgThis year's third annual HONK! Festival from Oct. 10-12 was an exuberant street party and gathering of 25 activist street bands in Somerville. On Friday, October 10, Tufts University hosted a HONK! symposium on "Politics and Festival," as well as several hands-on workshops focussing on the challenges faced by honk bands.
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16 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Media : Politics
Last Day of Work at the Social Forum of the Americas
misgua_workshop.jpgGuatemala, October 11.- The Social Forum of the Americas is coming to an end. Today was the last day of workshops and events at the Universidad de San Carlos. The event will conclude on Sunday with a march and rally at the Plaza Central in the historical downtown area at noon. I started the day attending the "Globalization and migration: effects on indigenous peoples" organized by MIGUA, the Movement of Guatemalan Inmigrants in the U.S." Among the panelists were Elvira Arellano, Carlos Lopez from Casa del Migrante, Eliza Orozco, indigenous leader, and Eduardo Jimenez. They stressed the impact of migrations in the local communities and the need to correct through education a consumerist development in those receiving remittances from the U.S. For those who are left behind, believing that those who have left are successful materially, are left with a sense of worthlessness.
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15 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
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