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Operation: Over Occupies BU President Robert Brown's Office
bulab.jpgBoston, MA--This morning seven individuals began an occupation of Boston University President Robert Brown’s office in protest of the proposed BioSafety Level 4 (BSL4) Laboratory. At approximately 9:20am, seven protestors entered Brown’s office, informed the staff that a nonviolent occupation was occurring and asked them to leave. After Brown and the staff refused to leave, the protesters linked arms in Brown’s office and started the occupation.
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20 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Politics : Social Welfare
First-ever Boston Bus Marathon Demands Long Overdue Service
DSC02841.jpgFirst-ever Boston Bus Marathon demands long overdue service for Roxbury, Dorchester, & Chelsea residents.

Boston, MA--On April 18, less than 24 hours after the winning runners cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon, public transit riders from Roxbury, Dorchester, and Chelsea will board MBTA buses for a contest of their own – the first-ever Boston Bus Marathon.
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19 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Diversions Unlimited
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Rockland, MA--The enforcement of our Bill of Rights and United States Constitution has become income-based. When abusive, politically-connected corporations merge, individuals are in danger of losing more freedoms, rights, and protections. Who benefits most from subsidized housing complexes?

Why is enough never enough for previous and new corporate landlords at Rockland Place Apartments, located in Rockland, Massachusetts? Low-income residents received another notice for request to increase rents on April 7, 2006. If Mass Housing approves this request, low-income tenants are denied any right to dispute rent increases until 2009. While convenient for some, this approval would be another way to disrespect and disempower low-income residents. A fair and understandable request would be for 1-year at a time, from 3 to 5% for 2006.
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19 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights : Social Welfare
Civil Rights: The Second Wave, Bostonians Call for a Humane Immigration Policy
immigration2.jpgImagine trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States in the blistering heat of the summer, a trip that many people don’t survive, and running into an enormous wall that stretches as far as you can see in both directions for miles upon miles. Imagine suddenly becoming a felon, not because you committed a felony, but because the government changed the laws. Imagine getting arrested and spending three years in a federal prison for giving food and clothing to an immigrant. Imagine getting deported. Imagine facing even more racial profiling and harassment from police than you already do because 11 million “criminals” are running loose with the same skin color as you. This will be a reality if Congress passes “The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005,” also known as H.R. 4437. As Malena Mayorga, a community organizer for the local immigrant advocacy group Centro Presente, put it: “We’re not going to sit back and be obedient slaves.”
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Race
BU Palestine Culture Awareness March
DSC00906.JPGAt least 20 BU students and supporters from the activist community joined in a march to raise awareness of Palestinian culture yesterday. We raised the flag of Palestine and strolled along commonwelth ave. thru crowds of students between classes. We will be out again today (thursday) for another march starting at shaws market at noon. Join us!
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
Young Jews Support Palestinian Rights, Challenge AIPAC and JCRC by Holding Seder Outside Their Offices
passover_1.jpgOn Tuesday, April 11, at 5:00 pm, 20 young Jewish people gathered for a seder (traditional celebration of Passover) outside 126 High Street in Boston, the building that houses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Boston's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The group expressed their support for Palestinian human rights and opposition to AIPAC’s and JCRC’s unquestioning support for Israel and its governmental policies. With a banner that read “Passover means liberation for all. Justice for Palestine,” they conveyed the message to the organizations inside and to the media that AIPAC and JCRC do not speak for all Jews.
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13 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Boston Participates in a Nationwide Mobilization for Immigrant and Labor Rights
trabajadores.jpgBoston--Spring 2006 will be remembered as the largest immigrant rights movement in the history of the United States. Hundreds of protests were planned nationwide on April 9 and 10, while in Boston the number of demonstrators doubled since last week as ten of thousands marched from the Commons to Copley Square.

[Photo by Jonathan]
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11 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
The Threat Of Compulsory Insurance
400px-Flag_of_the_Red_Cross.svg.pngThe precedent of compelling drivers to purchase private auto insurance is bad enough, but one can opt out. One doesn't have to drive, they say. The only way to opt out of compulsory health insurance, however, would be to die.
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06 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : Media : Politics : Social Welfare
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