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Boston Rallies for Rosa Parks Human Rights Day
rosa.jpgA coalition of groups working for social and economic justice came together in Roxbury yesterday to celebrate Rosa Parks Human Rights Day. Although the event failed to attract the many hundreds of participants present at last year’s rally and march, the resilient spirit of those present did not fail to garner support from bystanders in our city’s streets.

The first day of December marked the 51st anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks after refusing to give her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, which amounted to a direct defiance to segregation laws in the south and created a national movement to counter such racist policies.
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02 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing
Testimony of a Detained Oaxaqueño
294599271_8192df9e41.jpgTestimony of a detained Oaxaqueño
November 9th, 2006
Planton de Santo Domingo, Ciudad de Oaxaca

Can you tell me about your detention?

On November 2nd, the PFP (Federal Police) carried out an operative to do away with the barricade Cinco Señores, protecting the University. That day, I was running an errand for my father. The disturbances were visible from afar. When I finished the errand, I came closer to the barricade to see what was happening. Suddenly, then, the PFP came and, without a word, without an arrest warrant, and without witnesses, they detained me very violently.

[BIMC Editors Note: In spite of the music and interference that could be tuned until 6:00 pm on 1400 AM, Radio Universidad was handed over from 4:00 pm on to the vice-president of Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, after negotiations. Until 6:45 pm, there were no news about detentions except that it was reported that the radio security and the “people who had occupied the radio in behalf of APPO” were under custody of the president of the UABJO--Chiapas Indymedia. A megamarcha has been called for Dec. 1st]
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30 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Organizing
Boston and the World Unites to Support Oaxaca
DSC01083.jpgMost of those in America who have heard of Oaxaca, Mexico know it as a vacation spot: The fifth largest State of the country – and also the poorest one- attracts many tourists with its white beaches and food. Visitors might be curious about it’s large indigenous population, but will probably be distracted by their hunt for a black pottery plate or a carved wooden figurine to bring back as a souvenir. But do a Google search and a different kind of Oaxaca will appear, surrounded by words like: teachers strike, repression, resistance, violence, killings...yet, nothing is reported about it on national televisions.

The silence surrounding the situation in Oaxaca is what the worldwide protest held on Monday November 20 was about. In Boston -as well as in seventeen US cities- people started to gather outside the Park Street T-stop at 7 am to support those who have been fighting the government for the past 6 months. Braving the cold, they handed out flyers to commuters on their way to work, educating them about the issue.
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22 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Protesters at Opening of 'Lets Go To Prison' Insist PRISON RAPE IS NOT FUNNY
01.jpgBoston, MA November 17th - Disgusted with the advertisement of a bar of soap in a shower stall and the movie it represents, activists, learners, and church leadership from the Unitarian Universalist faith community rallied today at the Lowes Theater, at Boston Commons.

The demonstration was part of a campaign of actions envisioning and advancing toward a moratorium on ALL jail and prison expansion in Massachusetts, and continuing to abolition nationwide. Today though, demonstrators targeted a movie that endorses/encourages/supports sexual assault in prison and makes a joke out of prison rape.
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18 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Boston Area Communities Protest Deadly Israeli Assault on Gaza
DSC00821.jpgAt lunchtime on Thursday, November 16th, around 50 citizens from the Boston area gathered in front of the Israeli consulate at 20 Park Plaza. The community member were assembled to demand that the Israeli government immediately stop the killing of Palestinian civilians in the West bank and Gaza Strip.

At the rally demonstrators took turns reading aloud the names of 85 Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israel military strikes in the past two weeks alone. The list was fallowed by a moment of somber silence in honor of the fallen.
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17 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Solidarity in Chiapas for Oaxaca
quince.jpgIn a courageous and moving act of solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, a delegation of approximately 300 from Chiapas marched into the zocalo of Oaxaca City today, currently occupied by the PFP, the federal police force. They also visited the planton of Santo Domingo, occupied by the popular assembly movement, to deliver food and medicine aid (gathered in communities with scarce resources), as well as make a stop in their procession at the first Constituent Congress of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), to bring their message of solidarity and the need for organized and inclusive unity.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
AETA: Congress Strikes a New Blow to Freedom of Speech
temp.jpgOn its first day back in session, the House of Representatives yesterday voted in support of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The AETA is a law that could be used criminalize some of the most important forms of nonviolent animal protection advocacy: civil disobedience, whistle-blowing, and undercover investigations. Over 160 groups registered their opposition to the new law, among them are The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), New York City Bar Association, and The National Lawyer's Guild. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also issued a statement strongly urging opposition to the bill, but later issued another statement pledging they would not oppose the legislation but urged congress to change much of the language of the bill.
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14 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics
Radical Queer Folks Bring Alternative Message to Marriage Equality Debate on Beacon Hill
DSC00724.jpgOn Thursday, November 9th, Massachusetts’s citizens gathered on Beacon Hill in front of the State House to voice their opinions on same-sex marriage. On one side of the street assembled a large and lively demonstration in favor of equal marriage rights. On the other side, in front of the Boston Common was a smaller counter demonstration. Also attending the protest were a handful of local activists presenting a decidedly more radical queer side to the debate.
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13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Organizing
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