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The 'Ugly Face of American Racism'
DSC_4456.0.jpgThe following interview of Professor Tony Van Der Meer was conducted by Bryan G. Pfeifer over the course of December 2005 and January 2006.

In April 2003 Mr. Tony Van Der Meer, a Black adjunct professor of Africana studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston was assaulted and arrested by campus police after challenging an Army National Guard recruiter who threatened a student distributing leaflets for an anti-war commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Van Der Meer objected to the recruiter’s remark that the student should be shot like Dr. King.

[Photo by Lolita Parker, Jr.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights
BU Theology Students Confront Biolab Construction
cause5.jpgLast Wednesday, February 15th, students from the BU School of Theology tied themselves to a civil rights memorial on campus in protest of the construction of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 laboratory that would test deady diseases on animals and put nearby residents at risk. Calling the lab an act of environmental racism, some students flyered and spoke to crowds passing by.

[Listen to the posted .mp3 radio piece for the whole story.]
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Danny Glover, Sen. John Edwards Rally with Hotel Activists for Workers' Rights
dannyglover.jpgBoston area hotel workers came out strong at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear Senator John Edwards, actor/activist Danny Glover and other union leaders speak on workers’ rights last Saturday. The speakers were part of the “Hotel Workers Rising,” one of several nation-wide events to support increased benefits for hotel workers, part of the nation’s fastest growing labor industry.

Photography by Alexis Winter
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21 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Labor : Organizing : Politics
2/11: Resisting Repression- Black Panthers and animal defenders unite to counter attacks
BlackPower1969.jpgLast Saturday, February 11, a coalition of Boston organizations including the Boston chapter of the Jericho movement, the Boston Animal Defense League and Boston Anarchist Black Cross held a community meeting with guests from around the country. The panel of Black Panther veterans, animal liberation activists and Puerto Rican independentistas spoke about the recent attacks by government and private interests against what they perceive to be a threat from an increasingly cohesive movement for social justice and true democracy.
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16 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Anti-Biolab Protesters Visit BU President Brown’s Home for a Second Time
browndemo2.jpgRoughly 30 concerned citizens chanted slogans and wielded signs and banners in front of BU President Robert Brown’s house late Monday night, for the second time in one week, to protest BU’s proposed Biolab in the Roxbury / South End area which could break ground as early as this month. Activism against the Biolab, which will likely be performing illegal research on deadly pathogens such as tularemia and Ebola, has been on the rise since it recently gained Federal approval to be built against the community’s wishes.
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14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Health Care Amendment Campaign Gaining Momentum; Supporters Plan Action for May 10th Constitutional Convention
health2.jpgBOSTON, MA - February 10, 2006 - Representatives from 30 labor and community groups have joined 50 other organizations committed to support passage of the Health Care Amendment that would guarantee every Massachusetts resident access to affordable coverage for medically necessary health and mental health care services. The amendment will be on the agenda of the Constitutional Convention slated to meet again on May 10th.
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13 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor : Politics : Social Welfare
BU President Brown Confronted at His Home About Proposed Biolab
flier.jpgA dozen Boston University (BU) students and other concerned citizens gathered outside of BU President Robert Brown's $4.5 million house in Brookline protesting the proposed BU Biolab in Roxbury / South End. The Biolab, which has recently gained federal approval for construction, could break ground as soon as this month, against the community's wishes.
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09 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
When Freedom of Expression Becomes a Weapon
freedomofexpression.gifMost of us are now well aware of the caricatures of the prophet Mohammad, solicited by and published last September in the right-wing Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. This week several publications resurrected those controversial images of Mohammad as a bomb-turbaned terrorist and another where he refuses suicide bombers entry into Heaven as “We’ve run out of Virgins.” Then our news sources informed us that due solely to these images “outrage sweeps across the Muslim world.” Such coverage has elicited miles of text and a Babel of blather denouncing those who would dare threaten OUR freedom of speech because it offends THEIR “backward” beliefs.
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06 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Review / Media
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