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Raids by ICE: A Psychological War that Terrifies Our Communities
480625447_3e17200feb.jpgLast Tuesday, August 28, to people who live in the area of East Boston and Chelsea in Massachusetts it looked like the city was under siege. Detachments from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and other police forces roamed the streets creating panic among immigrant workers and their families. A community organizer spotted the ICE agents at the Maverick T station and pointed his camera in their direction. He was immediately surrounded, his camera confiscated, he was interrogated, and he was ordered to show his documents. Eventually they let him go. A Spanish-radio reporter who knew the organizer stopped to inquire what was happening. ICE agents told him to move on and out of there. But, the alarm was set off and 1600 AM radio waves were soon filled with phone calls about additional ICE police activity around town. This went on from around 6 am until noon.
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02 Sep 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Military Families Release Homemade Video to Challenge War Propaganda
vetsday0603.jpgThursday, Military Families Speak Out (based in Jamaica Plain) and Gold Star Families Speak Out members picked up a video camera and made a one and one-half minute piece to counter and challenge a $15 million ad campaign to push the Bush administration's Iraq war agenda.

Celeste and Dante Zappala produced a home made video and posted it online to counter-act a national campaign launched by Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, and its advocacy group Freedom's Watch, to pressure Congress to continue funding the war.
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31 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Providence Protesters Urge 'Justice'
JA0827_Protest_17_08-27-07_S16T3JU.jpgNORTH PROVIDENCE — Clenched fists raised, close to 200 protesters yesterday denounced the North Providence police and demanded "justice" for a protester seriously injured two weeks ago while demonstrating at an Asian restaurant on Mineral Spring Avenue.
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29 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Media
Sacco and Vanzetti--The Case that Will Not Die Nor Should It
sacco.gifThis year, 2007, is the 80th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti's execution. Those familiar with the radical movement know that at least once in every generation a political criminal case comes up that defines that era. One thinks of the Haymarket Martyrs in the 19th century, the Rosenburgs in the post-World War II Cold War period and today Mumia Abu-Jamal. In America after World War I when the Attorney General Palmer-driven ‘red scare’ brought the federal government’s vendetta against foreigners, immigrants and militant labor fighters to a white heat that generations case was probably the most famous of them all, Sacco and Vanzetti.

MORE LINKS:
People in Boston March for Sacco and Vanzetti!
http://www.saccoandvanzetti.org/sn_display1.php?row_ID=33
A night of theater, music and poetry to commemorate 80th anniversary of Sacco & Vanzetti's execution
http://www.saccoandvanzetti.org/sn_display1.php?row_ID=33
PHOTOS:
http://saccoandvanzetti.org/photos_dpena/
http://saccoandvanzetti.org/photos_sreyes/
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24 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Second Year Commemoration of Hurricane Katrina: Music and Politics
Flyer image.jpgThe Hot 8 Brass Band continues their tour of the United States and abroad with their next stops to occur at Boston’s famous Wally’s Jazz Café and the 12th annual Cambridge Caribbean Festival. The Hot 8 are a part of the Finding Our Folk Tour, which was created after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. FOF seeks to raise the voices of Katrina's survivors and connects them with the voices of Katrina survivors and men and women in all corners of the country who remain on the margins of citizenship. The Hot 8 Brass Band; themselves, displaced after Hurricane Katrina through their music helps reconnect people throughout the country and world to the rich traditions, history and culture of New Orleans.
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20 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor : Politics : Race
Latin America Solidarity Lives!
wae_justicia.jpgAdam Reilly’s--or shall I say O’Reilly--“Ebbing Radicalism in Cambridge” (Boston Phoenix, 7/25/07) reads like a Fox News Op-ed piece. It’s nothing more than a regrettable attempt to cut down a fellow human who has struggled on the frontlines in Guatemala where the US oversaw and bankrolled a dirty war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives--all while ignoring the actual issues of US intervention, poverty, and violence that continue to thwart justice in Latin America today.
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17 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / International
Sacco and Vanzetti Live! Aug. 23-25
svflyer.jpgSacco and Vanzetti 80th anniversary of their judicial murder. No more raids on migrant workers! No more death penalty! No more war on immigrants! No more war, period!

This August, Boston will remember the 80th anniversary of the execution of radical Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society invites all to attend and participate in planned events.
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15 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / Labor
CISPES Declares Its Solidarity with the Salvadoran Political Prisoners
consulate_alto_ley2.jpgOn July 30th, members of the national Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) organized a protest in front of the Salvadorean Consulate in Boston to demand the immediate release of 13 community leaders who were arrested, preemptively, before a national protest against water privatization in El Salvador.

See video of the protest at:
http://www.cispes.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=257&Item
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14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
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