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Immigration Raids Create Emotional Trauma and Economic Distress for Children, New Report FInds
199190_IMG_0095.JPGBoston, MA - The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NSWMA) presented a new report by the Urban Institute and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which examines how recent immigration enforcement actions have affected the wellbeing of children of immigrants in the U.S.

Researchers found that for every two people detained in immigration enforcement operations, one child is left behind. Two-thirds of these children are U.S. citizens and a similar share is under age ten. The report details the consequences of immigration enforcement operations on children's psychological, educational, economic, and social wellbeing. It also outlines the heavy burden that workplace raids are placing on communities, school systems, social service providers, and religious institutions, which have acted as first responders for families in these incidents.
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02 Nov 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Reclaiming the Streets One Honk at a Time
honk6.jpgBoston, Mass.--Let's face it, we spend less and less time in public and when we do, it is often to just get from one place to another. True, every city has its fair share of festivities each year that manage to bring the populous into the streets for "celebration", but the result of these activities is little more than dollars spent, food ingested, and the possibility of being entertained.

The Honk Festival, now in its second year, is intended to be the exact opposite. The flyers describe it simply as a "Festival of Activist Street Bands," but this is no average performance. Yes, there is music, lots of music, and there's theater too, but there are no stages, no DJ's, no cart-wielding vendors, and yeah, it's free.
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31 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Anti-war Protest Draws New Audience
Picture_022.jpgMuggy weather didn’t hold back as many as ten thousand protestors last Saturday in Boston. Fog clouds against the Prudential building was the view at the anti-war protest, which brought in newcomers and protest veterans at the Boston Commons.

[See related photos and video links at the end of the article.]
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30 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Review / War and Militarism
Peace Outlet
IMG_0131.JPGTed Ackley, from Rhode Island, came by himself and simply said: “I have a four year-old daughter and I want things to get better, not worse. I want peace on earth.” He then proceeded to hand out pieces of paper with an electric outlet on it… because everyone deserves a peace outlet.
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29 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / International
Anti-War Student Walkout-Boston Friday 10-26-07--VIDEO
PICT0239.JPGFriday, Oct. 26, 2007 was called as a national day to walkout of work and school to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 100 activists including many high school and college students gathered on Boston Common to hear anti-war speeches. People then marched through downtown Boston; past the military recruiting office on Tremont St.,to Boston City Hall, and then to the State House and Fox news office.
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28 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
October 27: National Day of Action Against the Iraq War
peace_12-31-05.jpgOn Saturday, October 27th, people from all walks of life will gather in Boston for a massive New England regional demonstration, part of a nationally coordinated day of protest against the war in Iraq called by United for Peace and Justice. Regional demonstrations will be held in 11 cities around the country.

The New England event will start with a rally at the Boston Common bandstand starting at Noon, followed by a march to Copley Plaza from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
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24 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Vandana Shiva: Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed
FPimageNew.gifEnvironmental activist and scholar, Vandana Shiva, spoke in Boston about her most recent book "Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed." Invited by the Center for New Words and South End Press, she talked about globalization, WTO policies, food sovereignty and the rights of people to protect ecological diversity and land, as well as positive examples on how to foster environmental social change.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=25085
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16 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / Education : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Protestors Gather to Declare: Protest Is Not TERRORISM!
romero.jpgOn Saturday afternoon, October 6, 2007, under a brilliant sky, fifty activists converged on the plaza in Maverick Square in East Boston, Massachusetts to sound the alarm about events in El Salvador. Led by CISPES and joined by the Cambridge-El Salvador Sister City Project and Centro Presente, the rally was called to bring attention to the arrests of 13 people in Suchitoto for simply speaking out against the government’s water privatization policy. Speakers throughout the afternoon outlined the new anti-terror law under which the thirteen were charged with acts of terror and face up to 50 years in jail for being at or near a lawful protest.
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11 Oct 2007 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : War and Militarism
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