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A VISIT TO THE HOLEY LAND
nomorewalls.jpgFifteen residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, formed a people-to-people delegation to Bethlehem, that "little town" of legend and current West Bank reality for five days in late November 2007, with a day in Jerusalem before and after. What follows is my impressions of this trip. Those who care about Palestinian rights may find some useful observations. I hope that those who care mainly about Israel will read on and perhaps come to agree that present policies are no better, in the long run, for Israel than they are for Palestine, and that a resolution that is good for Palestine will also benefit Israel.
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07 Jan 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Will S.1959 be used to restrict U.S. Citizens traveling in their own Country?
Government officials have called lawful protesters potential terrorists and a threat to national security. Will protestors be able to fly after the Senate passes S.1959, “The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act"?

S.1959 will create a powerful “new government commission” that will investigate and report to the U.S. Government which Americans and organizations are “idealistically based toward Violence”, might or do support "Violent Radicalization; or Homegrown Terrorism.
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06 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Bali: A Missed Opportunity
b.jpgThe gap between the urgent threat of global warming and the collective will to do something about it has never been greater. The recently concluded Conference on Climate Change in Bali was a grand opportunity to act. Instead, it was another missed opportunity. Unfortunately, the United States played a very negative role, standing in the way of consensus at every turn. And unfortunately, the rest of the world thought that seducing the US into a new agreement on climate action was top priority, resulting in a Bali Roadmap that was very sketchy.
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27 Dec 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : International : Politics : Social Welfare
MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN FACING JAIL TIME FOR ABORTION
On January 6, 2007 18-year-old Amber Abreu went to the hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts after trying to terminate a pregnancy by taking a drug, misoprostol, which is an ulcer medication as well as a key component of the abortion pill RU-486. Amber was between 23 and 25 weeks pregnant. The result was a miscarriage. The doctors rushed the 1-1/4 pound expelled fetus to the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, where it remained alive for four days. The police, meanwhile, went after Amber using an archaic law dating back to the 1840s to charge her with “procuring a miscarriage.” Cops dragged Abreu into court in shackles and then held her in the state’s maximum security prison at Framingham for three nights until friends and relatives could come up with $15,000 bail. The young woman, a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic, faces up to seven years in jail on this outrageous charge.
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25 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Boston-Area Students and Raging Grannies Unite to Carol for Peace
Boston, MA, December 20, 2007—Groups from across the region and generations are joining together this Friday in a timely, creative call to end the American occupation of Iraq. Boston students from schools around the area are uniting their voices with the Boston Raging Grannies to sing a rousing chorus of anti-war, pro-peace holiday carols at 3:30pm on Friday in Downtown Crossing (the corner of Washington St. and Bromfield St.) We encourage all students still in the area and Bostonians to join us to engage in an anti-war action before this New Year!
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21 Dec 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / War and Militarism
We condemn ICE Raid in Milford, Mass., and protest insensitive media reporting about it
miilford.jpgLast Friday, December 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents "supported" by the Milford Police Department raided an immigrant community again. They arrested 15 undocumented migrant workers. Reports indicate that most were from Ecuador. The media, uncritical and sympathetic to ICE reported that the workers were charged for violating criminal laws. However, the same article indicated that only one person was charged with violating "criminal laws". The others “will face a federal immigration judge." In other words, the raid was about migrant workers and not about criminal law enforcement.
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12 Dec 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor
Rethinking Hanukkah: Jewish Activists Remind Holiday Shoppers of Oppression in Gaza
230521470-S.jpgBOSTON, MA - Sunday, December 9, 2007 - As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah draws to a close, Jewish activists and community members working for human rights and justice in Israel/Palestine marked the occasion by creating a giant human menorah in the midst of the holiday season hustle and bustle in Downtown Crossing.
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10 Dec 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Historical Marker to Sacco and Vanzetti Rededicated in the North End of Boston
jake_12-1-07a.jpgNearly 40 people braved the Boston cold on Saturday, December 1st. 2007, to unveil and rededicate a historical marker for Sacco and Vanzetti in the North End. The plaque was reinstalled at 256 Hanover Street, the place where the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee functioned from 1925 to 1927.
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05 Dec 2007 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
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