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Why Building Women's Jails in Every County is a Bad Idea
women_rights.gifPrisoner panel recommendations are socially, fiscally irresponsible. Community Coalition opposes new jails; demands housing, healthcare and human rights

On International Women's Day, Wednesday March 8th, in the House Members Lounge, 10:30AM. To counter the panel's anti-woman, anti-human rights assumptions, members and allies of the Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition (SHaRC) were on hand to distribute copies of its recently released paper “Why Women Are Not Best Served By Incarceration” (www.stopchicopeejail.org). The Female Offender Review Panel, Governors Commission on Corrections Reform (GCCR) presented to the public it's findings and offered it's recommendations for women trapped by poverty, racism and the criminal justice system.
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08 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
Peoples Victory in Picariello Case!
20050728-Free-Speech-Radio.jpgPeoples Victory in Picariello Case!

After two years of courtroom battle, a very significant peoples' victory was won in court today in the case against longtime anti-war activist Richard Picariello. Picariello was acquitted on all charges in the first of the two cases. And the defense motion was granted to dismiss the second case arising out of a protest at a 2004 Bush fundraiser in Boston because of prosecution failure to provide required discovery information.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Rosa Parks coalition takes anti-war, anti-racist message to the streets
1_DSC03264a.jpgBoston-As the “Stop the violence, Stop the war at home and abroad” March 18 march and rally draws near, a broad spectrum of communities in the Greater Boston area are working vigorously to build this unique and historic event.

Initiated by the Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition, March 18 activities here will begin with a rally in Roxbury in the heart of Boston’s Black community followed by a march through various communities of color and move through the Downtown Crossing, the major shopping district of Boston, then on to the State House.
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07 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / International
South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried
south-dakota.pngOn February 24th, the state of South Dakota passed a ban on nearly all abortions. The ban, which is expected to take effect this July, will shut down the state's one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, forcing many pregnant females to travel long distances or perhaps seek underground providers. The ban is expected to challenge Roe versus Wade, the 33-year-old legislation that legalized abortion in the U.S.

As co-founder of the National Network of Abortion Funds and organizer of Hampshire College's annual reproductive justice conference, Marlene Gerber Fried has a long history within the reproductive justice movement. On Tuesday, February 28th, she spoke near Boston about the meaning of South Dakota's abortion ban. This is an audio recording of her lecture.

[For the whole story, please listen to the posted .mp3 audio file]
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05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Gender : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Tortured Prisoner Fights Back: Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
jail.jpgProvidence, RI--Prison officials in Rhode Island are worried. Their crimes are being exposed.

Michael Walsh, a 30 year-old construction laborer from East Providence, RI, is being held in Minimum Security at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) of Rhode Island. On February 18, Valentines Day, he says that prison guards preformed an anal cavity search on him. They accused him of smuggling contraband, and in a depraved act reminiscent of the crimes of Abu Ghraib, forced Walsh to eat his own feces. Walsh says they then denied him the use of the sink and a toothbrush all day. Walsh also says that ACI officers beat him on the face with a telephone book.
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02 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Conley of Boston IMC Presents on Alive In Baghdad
Aliveinbaghdad-AnAverageDayInBaghdad297.jpgOn February 27, Brian Conley, a documentary filmmaker with the Alive In Baghdad project, spoke at an assembly of the Cambridge School of Weston, a small private high school in Weston, MA. The presentation included video footage that was filmed while Conley was in Iraq and Jordan in October and November of 2005, as well as a question and answer session afterwards. Students and teachers were curious about Conley’s experience as well as his opinions about the current situation in Iraq. He plans to return to Iraq to continue the documentary in the coming months.
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28 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Education
Students Confront Recruiters with Community and Music
molly.jpgOn Saturday, February 25, residents of the greater Boston area came together outside of the Tremont Street Military Recruitment Center to resist the recruitment of their friends, families, classmates and peers. Almost all attendees were local high school or college students, who are particularly concerned that the military is allowed on school campuses. The demonstration was called by members of the Radical Youth Alliance, an organization of dedicated youth throughout the area who work together on a variety of issues but focus on resisting the war.
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27 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics
Balata Camp Solidarity Demo. - Newton
2274.jpgA few of the usual suspects turned out for a small but colorful Palestine vigil at Newton city hall Wednesday night. We gathered in solidarity with the residents of the Balata refuge camp outside of Nablus which has been under siege by attacking Israeli forces for almost a week. Many children and camp residents have been shot, some killed, homes have been demolished and all deprived of food, medical care, and basic freedoms as the occupiers conducts ruthless military aggression against the camps 21,000 inhabitants.
http://www.balatacamp.net/website/balata.htm
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27 Feb 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
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