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Aramark Workers Strike at Boston’s Convention Centers
protest.jpgOn June 21st, hundreds of food service workers initiated a strike against the Philadelphia-based Food Service company, Aramark, walking off the job and picketing at Boston’s two biggest convention centers: the Hynes Convention Center (HCC) and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). 350 food workers at the two convention centers, members of Unite Here Local 26, have been without a contract since October, and the company called off all negotiations in May.

[Reposted from BAAM! newsletter: Print your own personal copy from article below!]
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30 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
BAAM # 10 out!
BAAM10-1.gifWe are proud to release BAAM # 10. PDF downloadable plus plain text, below. This month's articles: -Aramark Workers Strike at Boston’s Convention Centers; -Barack Obama, the lesser evil for undocumented migrant workers... or not; -IU 460 Fights for Fairness; -Chalking Against the BU Biolab Now A Crime: The Story of the Crayola Two.. .
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30 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Media
Reponse to "Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism"
Parts of this article I would agree with or appreciate as a queer and trans person, though other parts are simply offensive.

I am glad NEFAC can show solidarity for queer liberation struggles (read as struggles based in sexuality, gender identity or representation). I feel social justice struggles are inevitably connected and working towards an analysis which embraces this is beneficial, nurturing and necessary for any revolutionary movement to occur.
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27 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / GLBT/Queer
Boston Area Multinational Lionbridge in Union Busting Scandal
lion.jpgWaltham based Lionbridge Technologies is target of international protest. Labor activists in Poland have made the call for solidarity actions and protest letters to a MA based multinational, Lionbridge Technologies. The globalization giant, which provides services for Microsoft, Google and other corporations, apparently did a little union busting in the birthplace of Solidarity.
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27 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
Anatomy of a Successful Antiwar Movement
anti-war.jpgThis summer there will be a National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation in Cleveland, Ohio (http://natassembly.org). One of the main goals of the assembly will be to lay the groundwork for mass action against the war. At first glance, 2008 seems like an unlikely year to jump start a sluggish antiwar movement. With the elections this fall, the political pressure to line up behind the Democratic Party’s slate of candidates is already peeling away our fair weather friends from those of us who are serious about building an independent antiwar movement.

[If interested in going to Cleveland from Boston, visit: http://stopthewars.org/stwc/]
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24 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism
DSC00140.JPGAs anarchist communists, it is only logical and consistent with our principles in the struggle for a free humanity that we support the personal, cultural, and institutional fight against patriarchy, hetero-sexism, the gender bi-nary system and all other struggles for queer liberation both in themselves and in their intersectionalities with capitalism, the state, white supremacy, and all other forms of human oppression.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Mortgage Crisis in the USA
drooker4.gifCommentators complain of "partisanship" in Washington. Society's problems are said to result from infighting between parties. We should celebrate, then, because Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a plan to end the mortgage crisis. What solution do they offer? Handouts to Big Business, and "fiscal discipline" for the rest.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
SOLIDARITY HUNGER FAST IN COPLEY SQ. TO SUPPORT BHOPAL GAS SURVIVORS
hungerstrike2.jpgCopley Sq. Boston - Activists in Boston joined the Global Hunger Strike Relay today by having a public fasting event in Copley Square. From 10:30am-12:30pm, students and professionals affiliated with Amnesty International and Association for India's Development publicly fasted and asked Boston residents to call the Indian Prime Minister to ask for justice in Bhopal.
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16 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : International
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