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Little Resolved at BU Biolab Hearing
00047.jpgThe latest hearing yesterday for the controversial Boston University bioterrorism lab had lawyers for both sides haggling like vendors in a market bazaar. Much of the debate focused on the timing of future hearings and judicial review.

With construction already begun and an additional $35 million in federal funds scheduled to be released to BU in September, Judge Patti B. Saris worried that she would not have enough time to make an informed ruling before the issue was moot. "How do you expect me to rule by then?" she said. "I'm not an ATM machine."
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27 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Social Welfare
Activists launch 'Summer of Organizing and Struggle'
rosaparks.jpgA contingent from the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee (BRPHRDC) hit the streets for a mass leaflet distribution July 22. Traveling through mostly working class communities of color, organizers were busy informing people about the committee’s Summer of Organizing and Struggle campaign against poverty, racism, sexism and war.
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27 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Banners Dropped Today Against Biolab
first banner.JPGOn Monday, July 24, Operation: Over participants hung two anti-biolab banners on bridges over the Mass Pike and Route 128. The banners were dropped at the beginning of evening rush hour.

In other biolab news, there will be a court hearing at 1:30pm this Wednesday,the 26th, for the lawsuit against the National Institute of Health, which is one of three lawsuits alleging the illegality of the proposed lab. Roxbury SafetyNet folks are urging people to come out for this, and so is Operation: Over.
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25 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Boston Protest to Stop Invasion of Palestine and Lebanon
huda.jpgBoston, Mass. -- “This is not a war based on religion; it’s a war based on politics,” said orthodox Rabbi Dovid Feldman from the Neturei Karta International, Jews United Against Zionism, “There was a co-existence of Jewish and Arab people before the creation of the state of Israel.”
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22 Jul 2006 Modified: 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
Boston's Chinatown Community Shows Solidarity and Pride
suspects_aprhended_large.jpgBOSTON, Mass. -- In response to a group of men fighting near 88 Beech Street in Chinatown on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at approximately 7:10PM, members of a group of the local neighborhood Crime Watch sprang into action. Crime watch team members, Tony Yee and Michael Wong among other community members, tried to talk the disorderly men out of fighting and to move on. After being threatened by these men, the team immediately called police.
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21 Jul 2006 Modified: 24 Jul 2006 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
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
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