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Telecom workers rally for good jobs and reliable services at Verizon
IMG_2885.jpgSeeking a fair contract, more than a thousand telephone workers from throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island marched on Verizon's New England headquarters to rally for good jobs and reliable services. The current agreement covering about 65,000 employees with Verizon East expires at midnight on August 2, 2008.

[UPDATE: The Communications Workers of America announced tonight that in light of progress that has been made in bargaining for a new contract with Verizon, it has agreed to "stop the clock" on the expiration of the current contract and postpone strike action while negotiations continue. The current contract will remain in effect.]
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02 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Eviction Blockades Defend Working Neighborhoods, Stop Foreclosures
blockade.jpgAmidst the soaring cost of living and a national foreclosure crisis across the country, some residents in Boston are sticking up for their right to housing and to keep properties out of the banks’ hands. On Tuesday July 15, supporters for Roxbury resident Paula Taylor came together to stop the bank from evicting her and repossessing her house, in a technique called an “eviction blockade.” The action was successful and Taylor retained the right to live in her house.
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31 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Race
Ice Strikes Providence: People Fight Back
ice.jpgOn July 15th, 2008 over 150 community members rallied at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Providence where many immigrants were held after a raid that same day. The 30-plus detained janitorial workers were employed at six courthouses across Rhode Island. Many of the janitorial workers who were detained were in the midst of a labor dispute with their employers. A local militant workers association, Fuerza Laboral, had been organizing with the workers to get unpaid wages. (http://www.fuerza-laboral.org/)
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30 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Race
BAAM Newsletter # 11 out!
Baam11-1.gifBAAM's 11th Newsletter now out and available for free download (in PDF). This month's issue:
Eviction Blockades Stop Forclosures - pg 1
ICE Raids in Providence - pg 1
International Workers Take On Starbucks - pg 3
The Safe Homes Initiative - pg 3
Obama Swings Right - pg 4

(Text-only version will be available shortly)
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30 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / Media
Looking into the DNC 'Round August
The 1960s civil rights movement is that period of “the struggle” which, because of age and family situation, the junior senator from Illinois was absent. This has been a source of tension between the candidate and the “sit-in” generation. Obviously those intangibles, those jokes, those habits and recipes passed down in the average African American household differ from those in the Senator’s youthful world and this, apparently has raised speculation as to his, well, culture. It’s noted that many black opinion maker and elected officials, including Cong. Lewis came late to ‘house Obama’. But August is coming, again…soon. And then Mr. Obama may well reach and ring as he appears capable of doing.
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28 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics : Race
Art Beat '08
artbeat08.jpgThis past weekend was the annual Art Beat Festival in Davis Sq, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council. The theme of this year’s event was green – green for the extension of the Green Line through Somerville, and green for environmental awareness.

There was live music on 3 stages, with one of them devoted to Children’s programming. Elm St. and Holland Ave were lined with food and arts and crafts vendors. They were intermingled with socially conscious organizations. One of them was the Somerville-based Bycicle Riding School for Adults and Children. They’ve been getting a lot of main stream media publicity lately, which has generated much interest in their school.

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20 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Review / Social Welfare
Obama Lays Out Plans for Continued War
123 7934e2a8-d224-4b72-9d51-a12df659f832.jpgIn a July 14, 2008 New York Times Op Ed, Barack Obama says:

"As I’ve said many times, we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 — two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began. After this redeployment, a residual force in Iraq would perform limited missions: going after any remnants of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, protecting American service members and, so long as the Iraqis make political progress, training Iraqi security forces."

In other words, he does not plan to get all of the troops out of Iraq and he will only get most of the troops out in two years. And what does he explain he will do with these troops? Redeploy them. Redeployed where? His rhetoric has been clear: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.
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15 Jul 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC : International : Labor : Politics : War and Militarism
PHILIPPINES: Ban Endosulfan!
ban_endosulfan.jpgPhilippines, Quezon City--Over 50 citizens’ groups and coalitions working for public health, environmental justice and sustainable development joined forces to press for a total ban on endosulfan, stressing that its continued use is akin to a ticking “toxic time bomb.”
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14 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Environment : International : Organizing : Social Welfare : Technology
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