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National Petition to End Sweatshops and Slavery in the Fields
lucasbenitez.jpgThe Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - an organization of low-wage workers based in Immokalee, Florida - has launched a national petition campaign to demand that Burger King and other food industry leaders work with the CIW to improve the wages & working conditions of the workers who pick their tomatoes, and join with the CIW in an industry-wide effort to eliminate modern-day slavery & human rights abuses from Florida's fields.

RELATED: Did Burger King Target and Spy On Tomato Pickers Rights Groups? from Democracy Now!
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/4/14/did_burger_king_target_and_spy
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08 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights : Labor
“With his body he said no more”
BOW_red square.jpg(From Eddie Vedder’s “No More” song, written with Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young for bodyofwarmusic)

In the year 2003, over 70% of America pointed the finger at those who dared voice their opinion against a war in Iraq and deemed them “unpatriotic.” They were looked at in disgust and told that they were not being supportive. “Un-American” people yelled at them; “Terrorist Lovers” added others. “You’re fired” are probably the ones Phil Donahue heard.
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04 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Four Activists Shut Down Bank of America for Fossil Fools Day Action
ffd1.jpgOn Tuesday April 1, a t about 8:40am, four activists took direct action against the Bank of America in Copley Square, by locking themselves to the front door to protest the banks funding of coal power in the US. The action was done with support from Rising Tide North America, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Energy Action Coalition.

[See other Fossil Fools Day actions worldwide at Global Indymedia: http://www.indymedia.org/en/2008/04/903843.shtml]
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03 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / Media
WZBC 's Audio of March 19 Commons Vigil
LosDosArredondos.jpg492 Cafe has posted a 30 minute audio condensation of the event available for free at 492cafe.org. This also aired on WZBC’s Truth and Justice radio, which runs Sundays from 6-10 am at 90.3 MHz FM. Audio is recorded directly from the sound board, with some audience participation included.
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02 Apr 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Get on the Bus 2008 for Human Rights
a-gotb2002_tibet14.jpgSomerville, MA – Amnesty International Local Group #133 will host its thirteenth annual human rights pilgrimage to New York City called “Get On The Bus” (GOTB) on Friday, April 11, 2008.

Amnesty Group 133 recruited more than 1,000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states to participate in a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (UN) missions to protest human rights abuses in Myanmar, Darfur (Sudan), Bhopal (India), Sri Lanka and Libya.
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29 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
To Snitch or Not To Snitch: The View From The Other Side
snitching.jpgI decided to write this article in response to the endless criticism that is being directed against the “Stop Snitching” movement by critics claiming that Hip Hop is responsible for the “Stop Snitching” movement and the “Us vs. Them” mentality youth of color have towards law enforcement agencies. As a former gang member and street combatant of the drug wars that dominated the streets of Philly in the late 80’s and a member of the generation that came of age listening to Hip Hop I believe I am qualified to offer a frontline perspective from the other side of the issue, especially as one who was sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile because of the testimony of a snitch co-defendant that was close to 10 years older than I.
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29 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
A Culture of Death And Destruction
Growth_Versus_Sustainability.jpgSome people have likened the Earth to a relatively small lifeboat wheeling in an incredibly vast sea of outer space. If they also think that the sinking of the Titanic was a sad disaster, they will be heartbroken over the tragic devastation when this sort of occurrence happens on a planetary scale.

In the end, the answers almost don't matter because, as Judy Bonds states, "In Southern West Virginia we live in a war zone. Three and one-half million pounds of explosives are being used every day to blow up the mountains. Blasting our communities, blasting our homes, poisoning us, trying to intimidate us. I don't mind being poor. I mind being blasted and poisoned. - There ARE no jobs on a dead planet."
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28 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Politics : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
“4,000 Too Many,” Boston Mourns U.S. Deaths in Iraq
IMG_0026.jpgVigils across the United States yesterday and today marked the 4,001 death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Called by several peace groups and military members against the war, people in almost every single state mourned the loss of life in a war that for most Americans has become unjust and meaningless.

“By grieving in public, many families have found comfort,” said Carlos Arredondo, father of Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, who died while serving in Najaf at the young age of twenty--the 974th U.S. death of the Bush administration’s war. Indeed, many in Boston attended today’s vigil because it comforts them to stay alert, to show support, to represent the troops in a way that calls for their safe return home.
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25 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : War and Militarism
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