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Memorial Planned for Local Activist Eric Weinberger
winkeric.JPGBoston, Mass--Eric Weinberger, a lifelong activist and organizer in the civil rights, anti–nuclear, and anti–war movements, died on December 15, 2006. Eric was best known in Boston for his work with Food Not Bombs, an organization which provides free food to the hungry year–round in public parks.

Eric will be remembered by many people for many things, but throughout it all he carried himself with dignity and an extreme humbleness. He devoted his entire life to working for justice, easing the hardships of others, and serving as a mentor and inspiration to many younger activists.
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06 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
Boston Progressive Radio Silenced
Free-Speech-Radio-701762.jpgBoston's only progressive talk radio stations have been shut down and listeners are organizing to bring them back. Boston's only progressive talk radio stations, known as "Boston's Progressive Talk" at AM 1200 WKOX and 1430 WXKS, were abruptly terminated on Thursday, Dec. 21st to the dismay of loyal listeners. The stations now feature a Spanish language format.

Among those who had been featured on the stations were shows hosted by Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow and Bobby Kennedy Jr. of Air America as well as Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz from the Jones Radio Network.
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28 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Media
Boston Expresses Solidarity with Oaxaca
latuff15.jpgIn response to the Zapatistas call to action for Oaxaca on December 22, approximately 25 people gathered at the Mexican Consulate in Boston at noon. People came from all over the region, including Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Nova Scotia, and Rhode Island. Unlike many demonstrations, this event was attended by a cross section of people from the area, ranging from a family of five who lived in Oaxaca for years to students to older women with canes.
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27 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / International
Low-Income Tenents Fight Harvard's Expansion
housing.jpgHarvard is eyeing Lower Allston for campus expansion, threatening to relocate low-income tenents and allegedly build a biolab which would vivisect animals for medical research. A rally on December 14th confronted Harvard's plans.

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19 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Human Rights Organization Denounces Egregious Workplace Immigration Raids in Six Meatpacking Plants
061213_immigration_hmed_7a.hmedium.jpgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Regional office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) expresses deep concern that the immigration sweeps which recently took place in six Swift & Company meatpacking plants in six states represent an egregious attack on the right to work, and whose sole effect serves to stir up unfounded negative sentiments towards migrants and divide working-class families and migrant communities. Furthermore, some press reports indicate that less than 5% of those detained were charged with identity theft raising serious questions about the use of identity theft as a principle motive behind the raids.
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Dehumanization Has No Place On Boston Radio
homeless.jpgThis coming weekend, WBCN Boston is planning to broadcast an event that degrades and humiliates homeless individuals for the perverse amusement of the listening audience. The AIDS Housing Corporation is calling on concerned persons to contact WBCN to urge them not to broadcast this disgusting spectacle.
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Media
Congress Votes 368-31 to Back Mumia’s Racist Frame-up
Mumia.gifAll of the Massachusetts Democrats in Congress joined in the racist lynch mob voting for the blood of an innocent black man. They were John Olver, Richard Neal, James McGovern, Barney Frank, Martin Meehan, John Tierney, Edward Markey, Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, and William Delahunt.
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : War and Militarism
Call for 'Stewards Army' opens door for new labor activism
At a December 2 meeting of rank-and-file activists and stewards held in Braintree MA, CWA President Larry Cohen described a "vicious attack" by telecommunications employers on our standard of living, right to organize and ability to negotiate collective agreements. To rousing applause, Cohen said that for the labor movement to defend its members' wages and working conditions -- or that of workers more generally -- would require "creating an army of stewards."
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
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