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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.

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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
Jenin Anniversary Palestine Demo Gets Noticed at BU on Monday
DSC00864.JPGSeveral Palestine solidarity activists protested a traveling recruitment fair for the Jewish state on Monday at BUs Marsh chapel. It was the fourth anniversary of the invasion and massacre in the Jenin refugee camp and the open presence of supporters of the apartheid occupation regime in Palestine was particularly offensive.
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05 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Race
Concerned citizens "die" at BU biolab site
die-in3.jpgA crowd of people gathered outside the site of BU's proposed biolab late Tuesday afternoon and fell down "dead," faces streaked with fake blood. "We wanted to show the public what an outbreak might look like," said Derek Garcia, a Boston-area resident. The street theater, which was staged by anti-biolab protestors, was intended to draw attention to the dangers of placing a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facility in the middle of a densely-populated urban area. Participants included members of the direct action campaign Operation: Over, people from the Coalition to Stop the Bioterrorism Lab, and members of the Green-Rainbow Party.
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05 Apr 2006 | Filed under: News / Environment : Human Rights : Social Welfare
Thousands March in Boston for Immigrant Rights
wearenotcriminals.jpgBoston, MA--Although march organizers expected numbers only in the hundreds, an estimated four to six thousand people came to the Boston Commons to rally in favor of immigrant rights. Inspired by huge crowds of people that rallied this past weekend in Los Angeles (estimated at 500 thousand to 1 million people) Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, and other cities across the United States, Bostonian immigrants came out in mass to take a stand against legislation like Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) bill HR 4437.
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28 Mar 2006 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing
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