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First-person Account from Lebanon
r4187590326.jpghi all,

thank you so much for all your emails and words of support. i can't tell you how much me and my family appreciate it.

my family and i are physically ok, but i will not start describing the emotional, psychological and mental state we, or any one in lebanon is in. Many of you have asked me to write updates whenever i can, and so i write this the night before i venture with my sister to jordan, through syria, on the tripoli road, the last one that hasn't been destroyed yet.
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24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Demonstrators Demand and End to Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
DSC08445.jpgDemonstrators gathered outside the Israel Consul General’s office in Boston on Wednesday, July 12th to demand and end to the Israeli military siege of the Gaza Strip.

The Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights was joined by representatives from numerous religious organizations, civil rights groups and social justice groups including Jewish Voices for Peace.
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13 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Boston City Council's White Majority Abandons Youth of Color
02.jpgSeveral hundred Boston youth, youth workers and community members converged on Boston City Hall on Wednesday June 28th to demand a budget that would offer more job opportunities to young people. The thirteen city councilors (nine district councilors and four "at-large" or citywide councilors) are required to vote on the mayor's budget each year.
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30 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Unions and community groups show solidarity with Gillette workers
Ric, Pam, Norm at Gillette protest 3.JPGGillette recently announced that in October it is closing part of its razorblade packaging center affecting more than a hundred jobs. The decision is the latest in a series of job cuts by Gillette's new owner, the giant multi-national conglomerate Procter & Gamble based in Cincinnati, OH.
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27 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor
Somerville 5 Jury Returns Mixed Verdict
Boston--After deliberating all day, jurors found Somerville Five defendants Calvin Belfon, Jr and Isaiah Anderson 'not guilty' of all felony charges but 'guilty' of several misdemeanors. Their lawyers immediately filed appeals on their behalf. A quiet tension greeted the jurors as they filed into the courtroom at 4:15 in the afternoon. Several of the jurors smiled. But the smiles were deceptive, and soon there were tears in the eyes of friends, family members, and supporters as the indictments and verdicts were read out and repeated back one by one, according to a precise ritual ordained by the Commonwealth.
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23 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Race
Making Technology Relevant to Nonprofit and Social Change Groups
OClogo.jpgOn June 17, 2006 the Boston based Organizer's Collaborative (OC) held their 7th annual Grassroots use of Technology Conference (http://organizerscollaborative.org) at UMass Boston's bayside campus. The Organizer's Collaborative is an organization of over 500 individual members and member orgs that are working together to advance the use of technology for social change. OC believes that all non-profits and community groups, regardless of size or income, should have access to up-to-date technology that enhances their ability to carry out their mission.
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19 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Media : Organizing : Technology
Roxbury Organizers Continue to Fight Biolab
biolab.jpgDespite the recent ground-breaking of Boston University's BioSafety Level 4 laboratory, Roxbury organizers are still trying to stop its construction. The lab, which would test deadly pathogens such as anthrax and ebola, purportedly using scores of animals in the process, would be located next to the Roxbury neighborhood, putting Roxbury residents at grave risk in the case of a leak.
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11 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
43 Events to Resist the Green Scare World Wide
grandjury graphic red.GIFBoston--December 7, 2005, marked the beginning of the largest roundup of environmental and animal rights activists in U.S. history. There have now been nearly 20 arrests and many Grand Jury subpoenas.

The nation-wide sweep of arrests, dubbed “Operation Backfire,” has been described by the FBI as a major hit to environmentalists and animal rights activists who engage in destruction of property as a means to defend wild lands and lives of animals. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated in January that, “Investigating and preventing animal rights and environmental extremism is one of the FBI’s highest domestic priorities”.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9th: benefit show and screening of 22/8. SUNDAY, JUNE 11th: symbolic demo at the federal building where different organizations will be speaking about the green scare.
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09 Jun 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment
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