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The Third Social Forum of the Americas Has Begun in Guatemala
fsa_opening.JPGGuatemala City -- October 7, 2008.- The Social Forum of the Americas has begun, with most of the nearly 2000 participants arriving today. The registration process begun normally while switching from an automated system to a manual one. All the packets and a beautiful bag where distributed to each registered delegate. There was not doubt here that Spanish is the official language of the forum. The other undisputed presence is that of the Mayan people. In fact, their presence has been felt not only in numbers, but also in spiritual influence. Mayan religious ceremonies have gone on at dawn and sundown.
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08 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Race : War and Militarism
Faith Leaders Demand a Moratorium on ICE Raids at City Hall Rally
DSCN1049.JPGBOSTON/Government Center - A coalition of over 30 religious and community organizations held a rally Tuesday calling for an end to raids, mass arrests and deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants around the nation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. About 250 people participated in the event - which was coordinated by members of the Arlington Street Church Unitarian Universalist.

[REPOSTED from Open Media Boston:
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/351]
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03 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
An Anti-War Resurgence?
1_issue13-8.jpgToward the end of his 2007 essay The Shock of Victory, David Graeber points out that the US government has taken extraordinary steps to protest-proof the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among other measures, the Pentagon forbids photographers from taking pictures of soldiers’ coffins returning to the US Military tactics are designed more to avoid US casualties than to win battles. Even in the face of excruciating labor shortages, with some soldiers returning for their fourth tour of duty, there has been no discussion of reinstating the draft, because even George W. Bush realizes that such a move would touch off massive demonstrations all over the country.

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Join the anti-war rally on October 11th: www.oct11boston.org
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29 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
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.

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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
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