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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
“There is No Apolitical Moment” – An interview with Majority Rules director Michael Burns
MajorityRules1.jpgMichael Burns’ films are challenging. Not challenging in the respect that they’re difficult to decipher, but in that they challenge the audience to take a stand and to face serious defects in our political system. They’re not optimistic films. There’s no room for optimism when one honestly assesses the evidence in world affairs today. To present any other picture would be deeply dishonest. But there’s a critical difference between optimism and hope. Burns’ films are hopeful in that they propose that if we frankly confront the extent of the problems we face (be they America’s unfortunate two-party dominance, the White House’s pre-emptive war policy, or the systematic dismantling of any recognizable notion of democracy) then we have a chance to correct them. Without this first critical step, the kernel of hope that’s buried inside our major collective crises won’t be accessible.
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02 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Interview / Education
Signatures for Petition to Stop the Raids on Immigrants Flow in from Other States
raids.jpgLast May 1st. the Boston May Day Coalition launched two petition campaigns to provide an outlet for people to express their outrage about the way the United States government is dealing with undocumented migrant workers. The injustice, abuse and mistreatment of people who risk their lives to come in search of work to the United States is so clear that it is not even necessary to explain it. While the Senate debates a military fortification of the southern border and unfair and exploitative guest worker programs, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement police continue to raid work places and neighborhoods throughout the country.
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30 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Race
Boston Youth Coalition Marches Downtown Demanding Funding and Summer Jobs from City Hall
156053888-S.jpg"We are asking you now, because next year we might not be here"

May 25, 2007 BOSTON, MA [DOWNTOWN] – Over 200 Boston teens and youth workers marched through downtown on their way to City Hall, where eleven youth delivered moving testimony inside the Council Chambers, during the Council's hearing regarding the City's Summer Job program.
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28 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Michael Albert Video Talk- Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism
albert2.jpgMay 8th 2007 - A video of Michael Albert speaking at the Harvard Coop about his new book Remembering Tomorrow: From sds to Life After Capitalism. The book is a political memoir drawing lessons from radical movements for change in the united states over the past 40 years. Albert starts by talking about the major differences and obstacles to organizing movements today as compared to when he was a member of sds (students for a democratic society) at MIT in the 1960s.
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28 May 2007 | Filed under: News / Organizing
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