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SDS Takes Over Evergreen State College with Style
sds_today300.jpgIt has been twelve days since the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) took over the fourth floor of an administration building in Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, Washington, to protest the unilateral decision of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Art Costantino, of taking away their student group status. The sit-in was originally organized “to draw attention to the diminishing rights of students at TESC and to regain SDS’ status as a student organization” but it quickly evolved into a mobilization of wits against the establishment. Since the takeover, students have organized political concerts, speeches, and radical workshops that range from queer theory to direct action and economic alternatives to neoliberalism. They have also re-named the building where they're staging the sit-in, the People's University.
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02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Education : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race
Janitors for Justice Protest Unfair Dismissals
demogroupcopy.jpgOn May 30th, janitors, members of the SEIU, called for support from fellow Wyeth employees at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, after many were laid off from their low wage jobs with only two days notice in Wyeth Andover. The workers were represented by SEIU Local 615.
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02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
MS. STOVALL'S CANTICLES
mornings.gifNew England is hardly known for an absence of culture or a failure to appreciate the arts. In fact, Cambridge, Massachusetts can legitimately be tagged as the epicenter, the cradle of the tension and brawls between the cultural melieus of tradition and modernity. Sparks fly from these collisions and engagements on a daily, if not hourly schedule.

The work of Suesan Stovall, now on exhibit in the Neil and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University is an example of such an encounter. For in this canticle, Ms. Stovall has fronted and framed her song and stories, and in the house that Henry Louis “Skip” Gates built, her images, both stinging and sacred, float in the ether as if she’s held a backstage pass to the African American experience. They are neither burdened nor ponderous, yet insisting of place somewhere, talisman like, and in all American households.
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01 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Review / Human Rights : Race
Plan Colombia Heads for Mexico
spp14.jpgCall it NAFTA on steroids. In fact, Plan Mexico is part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America's (SPP) grand scheme to militarize the continent, let corporate predators exploit it, and keep people from three countries none the wiser. Most aid will go to Mexico's military and police forces with its major portion earmarked back to US defense contractors for equipment, training and maintenance. It's how these schemes always work.
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28 May 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
Veterans For Peace Memorial Day Observance--End The Wars Now
New_Veterans For Peace Memorial Day 5-26-08 020.jpgVeterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Gold Star Families observed Memorial Day in Boston, calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now; no more civilian and military deaths; and adequate care for veterans when they return home.

LISTEN: Audio report from Chuck U. Rosina (Click on Read full article)

RELATED: From DN! Memorial Day Special…Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify Before Congress
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/5/26/memorial_day_specialwinter_soldier
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27 May 2008 Modified: 10:13:12 AM | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Popular High School Teacher Obain Attouoman Deported by Federal Government
obain.jpgBOSTON/Fenway - Obain Attouoman, a popular math teacher at Fenway High School, was deported yesterday to his native country of Ivory Coast. Details are sketchy. Parents were alerted to the teacher's deportation through an automated phone call that was transmitted to all student's homes.

LISTEN: David Goodman's radio report on Free Speech News Radio: http://www.fsrn.org/content/teacher-deported/2226

[Reposted from Open Media, a new online alternative news group: www.openmediaboston.org]
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27 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Education
Hundreds of telephone workers demonstrate against shifting burden of health care costs to employees
IMG_2036.jpgTelephone employees across Massachusetts spearheaded a day of action on May 22 to protest efforts by Verizon and many other employers to force workers to pay more for their health insurance premiums or increase co-pays and deductibles. Earlier this year, Verizon proposed raising premium costs and out-of pocket medical expenses for employees.

[IBEW and CWA unions, Jobs with Justice join with reform organizations in call for health care for all!]
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25 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
10,000 Strong Boston - A Call to Action
logo-cutout.gifIt is time to stand up, take responsibility and be accountable. Who Cares? We do. We doin' good in the hood. Are you tired of the drugs, guns, violence, crime, broken families, lack of guidance and direction. Are you in need of service? Will you serve? Do you need support? Will you support? Together we are 10,000 strong. If one can make a difference, what will 10,000 strong do? Think of it as a mini Million Man March for Boston.

A Rally...A Gathering... A Call to Action: Sunday June 22, 2008, Franklin Park.
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22 May 2008 Modified: 10:16:08 AM | Filed under: Announcement / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media
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