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Community-labor coalition kicks off campaign for more power in elections
Over two-dozen local community and labor organizations have kicked off a grassroots effort to reinvigorate democracy in the Bay State by giving citizens more choices and a stronger voice at the polls. Rallying behind the slogan, “Vote Your Values,” the groups are conducting an initiative drive to repeal the state’s ban on cross-endorsement voting.

Cross endorsement gives voters an opportunity to express support for the platform or values of a minor or third party without "spoiling" or wasting their vote on a candidate who has no chance of winning. Allowing candidates to run for office with the support of more than one political party gives voters more ability to hold elected officials accountable. Politicians can count the votes they receive on the minor party’s ballot line and recognize the significance of that party’s issues or platform in their election’s outcome.
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27 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Politics
Cindy Sheehan visits Boston, other Northeast cities
mfso09.JPGIn her first stop in the Boston area after her Crawford “Camp Casey” vigil, Cindy Sheehan spoke to a crowd of over 600 Sept. 17 at the Boston University School of Law Auditorium. She received a heroes’ welcome with a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Speakers also included Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families For Peace and Veterans for Peace. Dozens of Somerville 5 and Sept. 24 leaflets were distributed to participants.
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20 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / International
Romney menaces Muslims, immigrants and international students; Governor calls for wholesale profiling
muslims.jpgRomney, as well as scores of Republicans and Democrats alike, despite their various orientations, are fast scrambling to forestall an independent multinational class-wide movement especially after Katrina nakedly exposed before the whole world the utter uselessness of the capitalist system.

On September 14, speaking at the right-wing Heritage Foundation’s national office in Washington D.C., Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declared, “How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states?” referring to international students who attend the 120 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. “Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?”
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20 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Four Years Later, Janitors Still Make Noise at Harvard
sitin032.jpgFour years after the huge living wage campaign at Harvard University, janitors are still demanding better jobs. They face a contract re-negotiation in November, and they demand higher pay, more sick days, and equal treatment with outsourced workers, among other things.
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18 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Labor : Race
George Galloway's Boston Speech
George Galloway started his national tour at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on September 13, 2005. Listen to and download his speech.
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17 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / International
Equal marriage activists claim victory
CandleVig1772.jpgEqual marriage proponents celebrated victory last night, one day before Massachusetts’ constitutional convention is to decide whether or not to put the issue of same-sex marriage before the voters as a ballot question. The consensus among the press, the activists, and many others is that it will decide not to.

A long line of players in what has become one of the largest and most powerful political groups in the state stood in front of the crowd giving congratulatory speeches and stern warnings. The event was billed as a candlelight vigil but many took the opportunity to celebrate and build up morale for future trials.

Photos courtesy of Mainframe Photographics and are copyrighted
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14 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / GLBT/Queer
Local unions still working together
rsaenz.jpgWhile Boston labor activists hobnobbed with politicians and civic leaders during the annual Labor Day Breakfast, a contingent from Service Employees International Union Local 615 headed to Providence to join a massive demonstration aimed at organizing janitors.

SEIU President Rocio Saenz fired up a crowd of about 300 labor activists before leading them on a march through downtown Providence and blocking a busy intersection.

Saenz was led away by police officers, but not before she fired up downtown Providence with union slogans and fiery oratory.

“It’s so important that we have an organizing agenda,” Saenz said, explaining SEIU’s drive to unionize janitors. “The unions need to have a stronger voice.”

It was SEUI’s insistence on organizing and expanding membership that ultimately pulled the union away from the AFL-CIO this summer. Along with SEIU, the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers also broke from the nation’s largest federation of unions.
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09 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Labor
Boston street rally demands money for hurricane victims not war
bostondemo1.JPGDozens came out to an emergency demonstration Sept. 3 called by the Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC)—Boston under the slogan “Money for the victims of the hurricane – Not for War!” The depth and breadth of those protesting government negligence and in unity and solidarity with the hurricane victims is widespread...
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05 Sep 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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