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Unions challenge effort to muzzle Verizon employees from speaking out about sale of northern New England landlines
Verizon managers issued a memo on June 18 warning all employees in New England that, “…employees should not make public statements which speculate about either the operations of northern New England before or after the FairPoint transaction, or the success or future performance of FairPoint.”
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21 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Media : Politics : Technology
Proposed program for Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration in August 2007
sv_2.jpgAfter a few meetings initiated by last year's Sacco and Vanzetti Parade from the Stony Brook Park to the Forest Hills Cemetery, the organizers of this year's commemoration events have come up with a proposed program. They have also decided to formalize an organization to take on this task for this year and beyond: the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society. The society is open to all those individual and organizations that believe that it is important to keep the memory of these two working class anarchist organizers framed up and killed by the State of Massachusetts on August 23, 1927.

While the program becomes firm we have developed promotional flyers for people to save the date and to start raising awareness about the commemoration coming up. You can download them from our website http://saccoandvanzetti.org
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20 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor
Enterprise Rent-A-Car workers unite for a voice on the job and respect at work
STP61539.JPGEnterprise Rent-A-Car shuttle van drivers, car drivers and car prep workers who work in East Boston are forming a union with IUE-CWA Local 201 of the Communications Workers of America to improve their wages and working conditions.
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18 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor
Dykes Flood the Streets of Boston
dyke-march-banner.jpgEvery June, Dyke Marches take place in cities across the United States and internationally. On June 8th, over 1000 (some estimate many as 2000) people flooded the streets of downtown Boston building community, challenging militarism, and grappling with transphobia.
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15 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Fight for a Just Contract is Our Fight as Well
DSC_0051.jpgI must apologize at the outset for not having posted a solidarity statement with the Quincy, Massachusetts Education Association (QEA) before today, June 11, 2007 the second day of their walkout. This is doubly egregious as I was born in Quincy-the City of Presidents (John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams). The Quincy teacher walked out on Friday June 8, 2007 after taking a vote. From the news that I had heard I believed that their action was a one day affair a fairly familiar way to deal with stalled contract negotiations. However, these brothers and sisters are for real and seem determined to make their point and get a just contract. This in the face of a state Labor Relations Board decision that their walkout is illegal and the determination of the Quincy School Committee to seek a court injunction to force the teachers back to work.
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11 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Liam Madden Marine War Resister Threatened with Dishonorable Charges
Liam Madden -Marine War Resister 003.jpgLiam Madden,along with Adam Kokesh, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, are facing downgrade of their honorable discharges from the marines. The reason-taking part in anti-war protests and wearing parts of their marine uniforms while protesting. Liam Madden gave a press conference on the steps of the State House in Boston on 6-7-07. Here are some photos and a link to a video of the press conference.
SEE VIDEO OF PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT_Iz61y8HQ
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11 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
The Greening of the Peace Movement
girl_with_sign_closeup.JPGIn a searing article in Harper's Magazine in September 2004, Naomi Klein laid out a theory of the Iraq War that shreds even today's conventional wisdom about the motivations for our invasion. Her theory was that the neocons saw Iraq as a potential test tube for their ideological utopia, and pursued a strategy of shock therapy, where the devastation of war would force Iraqis to rebuild their nation from scratch. Out of desperation (not to mention shock and awe), they would be receptive to U.S. economic policy unimaginable in any other country. The common refrain that Bush did not have a postwar plan is inaccurate. According to Klein, the neocons' plan started to backfire once the companies they were counting on to privatize the country hesitated to jump on board, and not for the reason you think. Yes, the security situation wasn't perfect. But more importantly, companies decided to wait for the creation of an Iraqi government because international law prohibited the United States as an occupying force from running the show.
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08 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Politics : War and Militarism
Students Organize Against Military Recruitment, Deliver 1,300 Opt-Out Cards to Boston Public Schools
military_recruiting_graphic.jpgLast Friday, about 50 people, mostly High School students from Roxbury and Dorchester, gathered outside Government Center for a unique anti-war rally. They had organized in their schools, and collected over 1,300 signed opt-out of military recruitment forms, and were delivering them to the Boston Public School Superindenent. Working under the name of “Greater Boston Students for Peace, this coalition of students and youth workers oppose the war in Iraq.
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06 Jun 2007 | Filed under: News / Race : War and Militarism
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