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“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
Good Friday Anti-War Vigils In Boston
Boston -Good Friday Pax Christi  Anti-War Stations of the Cross 006.jpgOn Good Friday yesterday, two religious vigils against war were held in downtown Boston. The first was the annual Quaker Witness For Peace, held every Good Friday since 1961, by the Beacon Hill Friends Meeting. About 40 peace activists stood in dignified silence on Boston Common from 11:30am-2pm to stand in solemn witness against war. Leaflets were handed out to passersby explaining the vigil's purpose.

Then, a block away in front of the State House, from 1pm-2pm,the Catholic peace group Pax Christi held a solemn reading of the 15 stations of the cross--each of the 15 stations had an anti-war and social justice theme. Participants held banners expressing religious opposition to war.
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22 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Boston Unites for Peace
Picture 006.jpgOn March 19, 2008, about 150 Bostonians gathered at Park Street, in the Common to “celebrate” (to quote John Kerry) a Birthday: March 19th marked the 5-year anniversary of the Iraq War -the one which mission we are supposed to have won over 4 years ago.

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20 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Boston Residents Shut Down Tremont Military Recruiting Station
267894848_Hi8Bj-M.jpgBoston, Mass -- This afternoon, a group of Boston-area residents shut down the Tremont Street Military Recruiting Station for one hour before being arrested by Boston Police. At 3:15 PM, five Boston-area residents re-enacted the scene of a massacre on the sidewalk in front of the Tremont Street Military Recruiting Station, across from Boston Common. Dressed as slain Iraqi civilians, an Iraqi mourner, a slain U.S. soldier and a U.S. mourner, the protesters laid in silence as red dye stained their clothing.
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19 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
IVAW Winter Soldier Local Support Action
3-15-08 Winter Soldier--005.jpgOn March 13-16 in Washington, DC, the Iraq Veterans Against The War conducted the "Winter Soldier" hearings on the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war. Former US military who were in Iraq and Afghanistan testified about US war crimes in the 2 wars and dramatically condemned the Bush administration and Pentagon for starting the wars.

The DC hearings were broadcast live on the internet and they were seen by the public at many locations organized by anti-war activists in multiple states. In Boston, viewings were organized at the University of Massachusetts on Friday and the First Parish Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge on this past Saturday 3-15. A good turnout showed up in Cambridge Saturday to watch the IVAW Winter Soldier hearings. Local media, including the Boston Globe, covered the event; however the IVAW Winter Soldier was largely ignored by most corporate media. People took anti-war signs and a bullhorn outside to Harvard Square to make the public aware of the Winter Soldier proceedings.
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18 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Confronting Empire Speaker Series--Harvard Law School March 17-19
To mark the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion into Iraq, Harvard Law students from the group Unbound, HLS Peace, Justice for Palestine, and the National Lawyers' Guild sponsored a three-day lecture series called Confronting Empire: Five Years of War with Iraq. The third day, March 19, fell on the actual anniversary date, and the lecture this day was called "US Foreign Policy and Intervention in the Middle East." It featured Irene Gendzier, Boston University Professor and Author of "Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East," and Howard Zinn, historian and author of "A People's History of the United States."

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20 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Central American Solidarity Activists Dispute Department of Justice Order, Denounce Possible Repeat of Illegal Harassment
cispes25.jpgGrassroots Group Accused of Being Foreign “Agent” of Leftist Political Party in Lead-up to Contentious Salvadoran Presidential Elections.

The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), illegally targeted in the 1980’s by the largest FBI Internal Security investigation of the Reagan era, has in recent months again received threatening communications from the U.S. Department of Justice. Citing the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, a letter sent to CISPES in January questions the organization’s relationship with the leftist Salvadoran political party known as the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation, or FMLN. CISPES received similar inquiries in the 1980s which eventually led to an illegal FBI investigation into its activities.
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13 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Organizing : Politics
Verizon Employment Numbers in Massachusetts Don't Add Up to the Secure Jobs Our Communities Need
verizon.JPGVerizon management recently boasted to the news media about adding new services and new jobs in Massachusetts. On February 28, Verizon announced it "is completing the hiring of an additional 200 union-represented customer service employees in Andover, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester," as part of "a major capital investment of $200 million in new broadband technology for Massachusetts in 2008."

The company enlisted support from union members for the expansion, yet less than two weeks later management informed employees that it would eliminate over a hundred jobs at thirty work locations in Massachusetts.
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12 Mar 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
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