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Honk! Festival Draws 25 Activist Street Bands to Somerville, MA
IMG_3398.jpgThis year's third annual HONK! Festival from Oct. 10-12 was an exuberant street party and gathering of 25 activist street bands in Somerville. On Friday, October 10, Tufts University hosted a HONK! symposium on "Politics and Festival," as well as several hands-on workshops focussing on the challenges faced by honk bands.
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16 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Media : Politics
Last Day of Work at the Social Forum of the Americas
misgua_workshop.jpgGuatemala, October 11.- The Social Forum of the Americas is coming to an end. Today was the last day of workshops and events at the Universidad de San Carlos. The event will conclude on Sunday with a march and rally at the Plaza Central in the historical downtown area at noon. I started the day attending the "Globalization and migration: effects on indigenous peoples" organized by MIGUA, the Movement of Guatemalan Inmigrants in the U.S." Among the panelists were Elvira Arellano, Carlos Lopez from Casa del Migrante, Eliza Orozco, indigenous leader, and Eduardo Jimenez. They stressed the impact of migrations in the local communities and the need to correct through education a consumerist development in those receiving remittances from the U.S. For those who are left behind, believing that those who have left are successful materially, are left with a sense of worthlessness.
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15 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Anti-War Sentiment in Boston Still Strong
New_10-11-08 Anti-War Protest Boston 025.jpgSeveral thousand peace activists took the streets of Boston October 11 to protest the 6th anniversary of Congress voting for war on Iraq. The rally started on Boston Common where are a large crowd on a sunny day heard anti-war speakers and musicians. The rally then marched south toward Copley Sq. and Newbury Street, back north through central Boston's downtown crossing shopping district, greeted by many interested onlookers. This action was one of many across the U.S. on October 11.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPB5IR_hEg
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13 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
The Third Social Forum of the Americas Has Begun in Guatemala
fsa_opening.JPGGuatemala City -- October 7, 2008.- The Social Forum of the Americas has begun, with most of the nearly 2000 participants arriving today. The registration process begun normally while switching from an automated system to a manual one. All the packets and a beautiful bag where distributed to each registered delegate. There was not doubt here that Spanish is the official language of the forum. The other undisputed presence is that of the Mayan people. In fact, their presence has been felt not only in numbers, but also in spiritual influence. Mayan religious ceremonies have gone on at dawn and sundown.
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08 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Race : War and Militarism
Faith Leaders Demand a Moratorium on ICE Raids at City Hall Rally
DSCN1049.JPGBOSTON/Government Center - A coalition of over 30 religious and community organizations held a rally Tuesday calling for an end to raids, mass arrests and deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants around the nation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. About 250 people participated in the event - which was coordinated by members of the Arlington Street Church Unitarian Universalist.

[REPOSTED from Open Media Boston:
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/351]
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03 Oct 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
An Anti-War Resurgence?
1_issue13-8.jpgToward the end of his 2007 essay The Shock of Victory, David Graeber points out that the US government has taken extraordinary steps to protest-proof the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among other measures, the Pentagon forbids photographers from taking pictures of soldiers’ coffins returning to the US Military tactics are designed more to avoid US casualties than to win battles. Even in the face of excruciating labor shortages, with some soldiers returning for their fourth tour of duty, there has been no discussion of reinstating the draft, because even George W. Bush realizes that such a move would touch off massive demonstrations all over the country.

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29 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Heartbreak in Roslindale: The Human Face to the Financial Crisis
eviction.jpgThursday September 25,2008 – As Congress convened in attempts to reach a deal on a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street’s failing investment banks in Washington DC, here in Boston, a human face was put to the crisis—something that no numbers or values can represent.

RELATED: Video of eviction by Aaron Tanaka from Boston Workers Alliance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqP5f5Al5YI
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28 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Social Welfare
Banks Get Bailed Out, People Get Thrown Out
2008 0925 Esquivel 045.jpgThe Esquivel family were evicted Thursday from their home in Roslindale. That same morning they had gone to the Boston Municipal Court in a last effort to stop the eviction. The judge did not rule in their favor. Raul and Anna Esquivel came back from court, tears streaming for their face, to find about 10 police officers on and around their property and another 40 people protesting the eviction. The picket was lively and emotional. Around forty people came out to support the Esquivels. The blockade was called by City Life/Urbana, and supported by many community groups, including Dorchester People for Peace, SEIU 615, the Boston No Eviction Network, the Boston Workers Alliance and others. At one point it appeared that the eviction was going to be called off. To this news, Anna Esquivel danced and people cheered. Yet about 30 minutes later, there was another call saying the eviction was in fact going to take place that same day at 2:30 pm.
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27 Sep 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
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