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ICE Headed by Bush Crony; Investigated by Homeland Security for Deplorable Prison Conditions
Myers.jpgJulie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the branch of Homeland Security responsible for conducting the immigration raids in New Bedford, Massachusetts that helped create a humanitarian and economic crisis there, was appointed to her post by President Bush thanks to close family connections, according to several sources.
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09 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
The Day That Destroyed The Immigrant Family
no_human_being_is_illegal.jpgBoston, Mass. - Yesterday, a humanitarian crisis emerged from the aftermath of the March 6, 2007 raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Michael Bianco Inc. factory in New Bedford. Throughout New Bedford, children were left at day care centers, babies with babysitters and elders without caregivers. Throughout the day and evening, hundreds descended upon Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Church looking for loved ones.

Corinn Williams, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) in New Bedford, expressed the urgent need they have for help, "Families are in desperate need of basics like diapers, baby food, and formula. This is like a natural disaster created by our federal government."
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08 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Chelsea and Low Income Communities Fight Power Plant, Against Environmental Injustice
02.jpgIn an astounding display of solidarity, community members from Roxbury, Dorchester, Chelsea, East Boston and their local government officials gathered at Chelsea High School last week to speak out against plans to build a diesel power plant in Chelsea. Standing before the Energy Facilities Siting Board, a board known for historically approving every siting permit request presented before them, people bitterly complained about Energy Management Inc.’s (EMI) railroading strategy to build the diesel plant a mere 250 yards from Chelsea’s only elementary school.
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06 Mar 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment
The Veterans for Peace organization shares it’s message: “John Kerry: We voted for you. Now we expect action from you”
DSC_0050.jpgIn front of the building at 1, Bowdoin Square, where Senator John Kerry has his office, some of the cars driving by during the 9 AM rush hour traffic were honking and giving the 30 protesters – who were holding signs such as “Stop the money, stop the war. What the hell is Congress for!”- a thumb up. “ I think we had no business being there in the first place” shared a woman as she passed the small group. “You guys are doing a good thing!” added another one.
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28 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Politics : War and Militarism
Boston Activists Die-In To Protest Merrill Lynch's Funding of Dirty Energy
398114728_66f303c0dc.jpgOn Wednesday Feb. 21, local Boston environmental and human rights advocates in collaboration with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staged a dramatic "die-in" in from of the Merrill Lynch office downtown at One Financial Center.

Activists fell to the ground crying black tears and spitting up pollution sludge, while "medics" dressed in hazmat suits and masks attempted to save their lives. Other demonstrators, also in hazmat suits, were barred from entering the building as they attempted to deliver a letter demanding Merrill Lynch's Boston branch help stop the bank's financing of TXU's dirty energy plan.
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22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
Briefing Note for North American Migrants Rights Activists on Recent African Migration Experiences, European Union Repression, and European-African Activist Responses
african_immigrants.jpgThere is a striking similarity between North America and Europe experiences in the recent upsurge in unauthorized migration from the South, the militarization of borders, anti-immigrant legislation, criminalization of undocumented migrants, government raids, and expulsions. This note is meant to inform the North American migrants’ rights movement of recent events in Europe and Africa as part of a wider effort to promote international unity in the struggle for migrants’ rights.
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20 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International
Emerson Coll. and Suffolk Univ.: SOLIDARITY ACTION with NATIONAL STUDENT STRIKES
emerson1.jpgEmerson College and Suffolk University came together for a solidarity march and rally in support of the nationwide student strikes and actions that took place in 27 schools around the U.S. on Thursday, February 15.
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20 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Announcement / War and Militarism
Demonstration to Free the San Francisco 8: Protests against U.S. Torture and Racism
DSC03649.jpgBoston, MA, February 14th • Activists, students, teachers and church leaders from the groups Coast to Coast Solidarity-Boston and Queers Against Prison-Boston rallied this morning at South Station followed by a string of banner appearances and educational events across the city. This demonstration was part of a national call to action demanding lower bail and the release of the San Francisco 8. Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd, 2007 in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out, over 30 years ago, after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973.
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14 Feb 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
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