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Over 150 Rally Against Northeastern's Double Standard: Silencing Students, Applauding Israeli Knesset Members
northeastern.4.1..pngBoston, MA - Tuesday night, over 150 students and local activists protested at Northeastern University with a strong message to the administration: Don't silence Students for Justice in Palestine and applaud the Israeli Knesset. The protest was sponsored by a coalition of 20 Boston-area organizations, and took place outside of a university-sponsored "town hall" meeting with six members of the Israeli Knesset. The rally followed a talk by author and activist Ali Abunimah, co-founder and director of the publication The Electronic Intifada.
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02 Apr 2014 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Palestine : Race
photos/video-Boston Venezuela Support Rally 3-22-2014
1 bos venezuela rally 3-22-14--2.jpgBoston, Mass.-March 22, 2014:
A spirited rally of about 75-100 people gathered on Boston Common
today in support of the Venezuela Bolivarian socialist revolution started
by the late Hugo Chavez and his successor President Maduro.
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23 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / International
After Protest, Suspended Union Organizer Reinstated
Tasia Speaks - By Dorothy.jpgOn Sunday, March 9, just six days after a settlement between Insomnia Cookies and four workers who went on strike last August, the company suspended bicycle delivery “driver” and union organizer Tasia Edmonds. Quick action by the Industrial Workers of the World, which represents Edmonds, the four strikers, and several other area workers, forced the company to reinstate Edmonds.
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20 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor
Over 200 Protesters Oppose Northeastern University's Suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine
Boston, MA- Over 200 protesters from a coalition of 30 student, labor, faith, feminist, LGBTQ, environmentalist, peace, and social justice groups rallied at Northeastern University to oppose the administration's suspension of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
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18 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Palestine : Race
UMass Amherst meeting in support of Ayyub Abdul-Alim
Umass 0000.jpgAfter being frisked in public and placed in a police car with no weapon, a man is searched again and police claimed he had a weapon.
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17 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / Politics
Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies
insomnia1.jpgPicket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday, March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery "driver" Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.

Video of the picket
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15 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Operation LIPSTICK: A Case Study in Propaganda and Counter Insurgency
Late last month Open Media Boston posted an article titled Antiviolence Activists Join City Officials To Launch MBTA-Wide Ad Campaign. The campaign in question was for Operation LIPSTICK, aka Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings, an organization that is attempting to reduce shootings in neighborhoods of color by convincing women to stop buying guns for felons (who are legally barred from owning firearms). LIPSTICK is an offshoot of a nonprofit group called Citizens for Safety, who describe themselves as "a community coalition working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and youths without abridging the freedoms of law-abiding Americans." The OMB article is essentially a puff piece. The author, Dave Goodman, expresses some skepticism about the efficacy of the MBTA ad campaign, but none about LIPSTICK or their mission, even claiming that "it’s extremely difficult to question the motivations behind the campaign."

Unfortunately, it's actually pretty easy. Even a cursory look at LIPSTICK's strategy and methods reveals a deeply problematic organization that is likely doing far more harm than good. To see why, read on.
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13 Mar 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Gender : Media : Police and Prisons : Race
URGENT ACTION: Northeastern University Suspends Students for Justice in Palestine
NU_SJP.jpgWith profound disappointment and righteous indignation Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine announces it has been suspended as an organization. SJP is disappointed because Northeastern’s claims of creating a diverse learning environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas and promotes Academic Freedom are impossible to reconcile with the university’s decision to suppress our speech and suspend our political group. As if banning our activities from campus and denying us all use of campus resources wasn’t outrageous enough, the university is pursuing expulsion-level sanctions for two students—all for participation in a mock eviction action. SJP is furious to report the only individuals to face our school’s opaque disciplinary process are two young women of color; none of the white or male participants have faced any charges. This unprecedented ban and appalling prosecutions are the latest attempt by the university to suppress pro-Palestine speech, and continues the university’s disturbing history of enacting injustice.
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12 Mar 2014 | Filed under: News / International : Organizing : Race
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