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19th Boston Freedom Rally
373994_f520.gifCoverage of the 19th annual anti-drug prohibition rally. Listen to Keith Saunders, the current President of MassCann, the Massachusetts Cannibals Reform coalition, and sponsoring organization of this, the 19th annual Freedom Rally, which took place Saturday, September 20 on the Boston Common. Some people described it as a day of Utopia; beautiful weather, free eclectic music, food and culture vendors, and the ability to light up in public without paranoia. Although the Boston Globe reported 6 arrests, which is way down from years past.

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22 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
BAAM newsletter Issue 13 September
issue13pg1.jpgOur 13th issue, featuring:

-Anatomy of a Revolt: The Organization and Chaos of the RNC Protests
-Third Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Parade
-Four Arrested in Roxbury Blockade
- Riot Police Target Journalists at RNC
- Liberatory Potential of Palin = 0
- Discredit Ideas, Not People
- Antiwar Revival
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19 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
PHILIPPINES: Suspend US Military Deployments to Mindanao
phil1.jpgA broad coalition of NGOs, social movements, and political parties from Mindanao and the rest of the country today called for all US military deployments in Mindanao suspended pending the conclusion of a fair and thorough probe by lawmakers.

The Citizens’ Peace Watch, a group formed to monitor what it fears as the growing and permanent US military presence in the South, reiterated its recommendations from a fact-finding mission it conducted in Zamboanga City and Sulu last February. Members of the mission claim to have seen with their own eyes — and to have pictures of — the US’ military structures inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City.
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16 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Coddling of Palin is False Feminism, Disguised Sexism, and Right-Wing Anti-Working-Women Thatcherism
The call of so-called feminists to coddle Palin is really disguised sexism and based on a medieval, male-chauvinist mentality that women are weak and fragile and should be protected. We don’t need an American Margaret Thatcher, an icon and poster child for right-wing policies that harm poor and middle-class working women, the majority of women. It’s time to expose Palin for what she really is.

Some women groups and advocates are screaming that media bashing of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is sexism. In truth, their call for media and the rest of the public to go slow in critiquing Sarah Palin is driven by real sexism. They are virtually saying: She’s a woman, who have been oppressed, and so don’t bash her, don’t allow the media and the public to grill her and criticize her sharply, like they do the male candidates. Actually, this kind of thinking smacks of a medieval male chauvinist, sexist mentality that said: Women are weak and fragile, so they should be protected, and put on a pedestal.
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10 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Gender : Politics : War and Militarism
Riot Police Target Journalists at the RNC
arrest-bush_9-2-08.jpgBy the last count, as many as 818 protesters, journalists, and bystanders were arrested previous to and during the Republican National Convention. Journalists and videographers were particularly targeted as they tried to document the protests, largely peaceful, and random acts of civil disobedience. On Saturday, two days before the convention, multiple house and office raids took place and people were detained for hours, most prominently members from I-Witness and the RNC Welcoming Committee. Some from the committee, eight in total, were charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism” based on a Minnesota law that was shaped after the Patriot Act.

“Cops came and served warrants in several houses, arrested several people, and seized a lot of equipment,” said Kris Hermes from the Coldsnap Legal Collective, an organization created to help release many of the protesters that were expected to be arrested. “Not only personal belongings were seized, but also political propaganda by the box load. There was no criminal activity happening at either of these houses or the convergence space.”
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05 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Tenants Tell Deutsche Bank to Stop Putting Around
DeutscheBankProtest026-1.jpgBankers, brokers and other elites came together on Saturday, August 30th for a posh and pompous romp at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The Deutsche Bank Championship featured world class golfers, thousands of spectators, and is sponsored by multinational Deutsche Bank. As it happens, Deutsche Bank is also the leader in home foreclosures in Massachusetts. Protestors from across Massachusetts and Rhode Island picketed outside the tournament, greeting each shuttle bus with their message to stop the evictions and stop the predatory lending that leads to foreclosure.
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02 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Celebrating Black August: From the Streets to Prison Resistance
soledad.jpgA Black Panther member and author of two books, Blood in My Eye and Soledad Brother, George Jackson was killed by prison guards while serving his term in San Quentin prison on August 21, 1971. A year earlier, his brother Jonathan Jackson was killed for taking hostage a courtroom to demand the freedom of his brother and five other San Quentin prisoners. Black August originated from these events to honor the fallen, and it spread into a practice of self-reflection and self-determination in the black resistance movement, particularly within prison.

Following is an interview with Kazi Toure, ex-political prisoner and co-chair of the Jericho Movement about Black August history and the current struggles against the prisoner industrial complex.

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30 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race
Sacco and Vanzetti Art piece
sacco.jpg"Companion" piece to the news report from Boston about Anarchists marking the 81st Anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. That news piece was a straight-told story of the action. This program uses pre-recorded music about Sacco and Vanzetti along with actualities of the event, sometimes edited for the sake of political art. Some of the acts were not included in the original news piece.
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30 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Social Welfare
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