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Heartbreak in Roslindale: The Human Face to the Financial Crisis
eviction.jpgThursday September 25,2008 – As Congress convened in attempts to reach a deal on a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street’s failing investment banks in Washington DC, here in Boston, a human face was put to the crisis—something that no numbers or values can represent.

RELATED: Video of eviction by Aaron Tanaka from Boston Workers Alliance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqP5f5Al5YI
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28 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Banks Get Bailed Out, People Get Thrown Out
2008 0925 Esquivel 045.jpgThe Esquivel family were evicted Thursday from their home in Roslindale. That same morning they had gone to the Boston Municipal Court in a last effort to stop the eviction. The judge did not rule in their favor. Raul and Anna Esquivel came back from court, tears streaming for their face, to find about 10 police officers on and around their property and another 40 people protesting the eviction. The picket was lively and emotional. Around forty people came out to support the Esquivels. The blockade was called by City Life/Urbana, and supported by many community groups, including Dorchester People for Peace, SEIU 615, the Boston No Eviction Network, the Boston Workers Alliance and others. At one point it appeared that the eviction was going to be called off. To this news, Anna Esquivel danced and people cheered. Yet about 30 minutes later, there was another call saying the eviction was in fact going to take place that same day at 2:30 pm.
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27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Bailout Bush (video)
bailout.jpgAbout 25 protesters gathered at Park Street in Boston Thursday, Sept. 25 to protest Bush's bailout of Wall Street. As we look upon the demise of capitalism and its inherant greed, people all over the US Thursday held protests to say "Foreclose the CEOs-not our homes."

A lame (very lame) duck president "Bailout" Bush(aka Markus) showed up at the Boston rally to panhandle passersby for a few spare billions to rescue Wall Street(or "War" Street--they finance and profit from US wars).
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26 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
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.

LISTEN TO AUDIO:
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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
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