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The Anarchist’s Guide to Mass. ’08 Ballot Questions
anarchy.gifQUESTION 1 (by Adrienne)

Ballot question 1 is the Small Government Act to End the Income Tax, which would cut income taxes in half for the tax year beginning 1 January 2009 and eliminate income taxes the following year. This ballot measure was made possible by a handful of libertarians calling themselves the Committee for Small Government [whose website is yellow, of all tasteless color schemes. You’ve been warned]. They are convinced that, following the passage of this act, every citizen in Massachusetts will pocket an additional $3,600 every year. They squawk that 41% of Massachusetts’ budget is ‘wasted,’ which number they derive from asking people how much of Mass’ budget they feel is ‘wasted.’
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31 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
War Veterans PTSD Study At Mass. General Hospital-A Sign Of The Times
PTSD photo.jpgHeres is a photo I took of an ad on the Boston subway. It's a medical study to find ways of treating combat PTSD in military veterans. A sign of the times-a generation of young people are being sent off to an insane war and the trauma of war has taken soldiers' sanity-hence the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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31 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
BAAM newletter Issue 14: Halloween Edition (spooky capitalism!)
baam.gifFor the end of October. This months articles:

- Don't be Afraid, Just be ready by Jeff Reinhardt
- Bailout the People, not the banks by anonymous
- The Massachusetts Ballot questions: Adrienne, Jake Carman, and Cady
- Jericho 10/10 weeked of resistance - by Molly
RNC Legal Defense: AN Arestee-eye's view by Sublett
- BIolab Panel Takes Flak from Locals by Jeff Reinhardt
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30 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Proposition 2 – Great Concept, Horrible Implementation
marijuana-leaf.jpgAs a fervent supporter of marijuana decriminalization, I looked at the actual text of the proposed legislature recently and was horrified by what I saw. Although the proposition delivers on decriminalization, as promised, it appears to open up a new way in which people can be charged and fined with possession of marijuana.

With support for marijuana decriminalization gaining in momentum, and the national election less than a week a way, I had relatively high expectations that Massachusetts voters would be able to create some positive change in the state on Tuesday. However, this all changed recently when I read the actual text being introduced.
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30 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Spread the Wealth of Wall Street, Big Oil, Tax-Evader Fox!
faux.jpgThe fascist Fox News of Rupert Murdoch has been whipping up a mania and false fear against socialism, Marxism and “spreading the wealth” But it is protecting only its own tax evasion and the speculative profit, predatory lending and price-gouging of Wall Street and Big Oil.

Led by rabid fascists Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, Fox News is conjuring up a false phobia and paranoia against socialism and Marxism. Frothing in the mouth, Fox right-wing commentators are spreading the false fear that socialism and Marxism will grab income from the working-class and middle-class.
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29 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization : Labor : Politics
Ralph Nader Marathon Campaign Tour-Boston (Video)
Ralph Nader-Boston 10-25-08 003.jpgRalph Nader, independent candidate for president, did a marathon 21 city campaign tour in Massachusetts all in one day Oct. 25, 2008. He is the only candidate to visit all 50 states. He spoke in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on his Boston visit, talking about the Wall Street bailout, the war, and the election.

To see 2 videos of Ralph Nader's speech in Boston, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/protestvideo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6eCzgBXjM4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JfTdo2hAus
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27 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Politics
Ground Noise and Static: Video Report on the DNC and RNC Protests of 2008
Grndnoise-cover72dpi.gifIn November, one or the other of the corporate candidates will win, and then, as always, it will be what the people do, not the politicians, that counts. This video report on the protests that occurred in connection with the Democrat and Republican National Conventions, Ground Noise & Static is a manifesto.

"We went to Denver and St. Paul to take the pulse of the movement. Corporate media would cover the platitudes and posturing of the politicians, we were interested in something else, a story hidden in plain sight, captured in the now-classic street chant, 'This is what democracy looks like.'"

WATCH THE VIDEO: http://www.submedia.tv/
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20 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC
Local leaders hold a dialogue with elected officials on Welcoming MA initiative to reaffirm respect for immigrants
IMG_1675.jpgSomerville, MA. Community Organizations, local businesses and communities of faith held a dialogue with elected officials in Somerville as part of a week of action to promote the Welcoming MA campaign. This campaign is a statewide initiative to affirm Massachusetts as a Commonwealth that welcomes and respects the dignity of all people. There will be more than thirty actions and events happening all over the state in support of the Welcoming, MA Campaign. "This Campaign is really about saying we want to have a civil dialogue about issues that relate to our immigrant friends and neighbors, and not resort to name-calling and stereotyping," said Danny LeBlanc, CEO of the Somerville Community Corporation. "I believe that those of us born in the U.S. have at least that minimum obligation with respect to how we treat newcomers to our country," stated LeBlanc.
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20 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
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