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News :: Environment
CO 2 'Follows Temperature Rises' in Past Climate Changes
23 Jan 2008
This is unequivocally true. The three ice cores of Greenland and the Antarctic have all shown this to be a fact.
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News :: Labor
Amtrak Workers: a Looming Strike, Railway Workers Unite!
23 Jan 2008
Organized labor in the U.S. is fast approaching a crossroads. The enormous successes of the past are under attack, putting the unions in a defensive position. Battling not only the companies but their own bureaucracy, the rank and file of various powerful unions find themselves facing extraordinary sell-out contracts approved by their “leadership,” but benefiting only the company. The struggle to defeat these sell-out contracts may well be the opening clashes of a revival of the U.S. labor movement, which has lain dormant for decades, but which by its very nature may lead to larger conflict. It is in this context that Amtrak workers have dealt a temporary blow to the trend of concession and showcased their growing political consciousness when, after bargaining for 8 years, a coalition of 10 Amtrak unions either rejected revolting tentative agreements that their union “leaders” had brokered with Amtrak, or refused to continue the seemingly now-pointless process of bargaining.

This has put Amtrak workers on a collision course with management, i.e., the federal government. The creation of an “illegal” coalition of Amtrak unions to bargain – “illegal” because it violates the Railway Labor Act – was the first progressive step in increasing the power of the workers. Now nine unions are poised to strike Amtrak, and if it weren’t for a “Presidential Emergency Board” (PEB) that intervened, they’d be picketing already. The PEB – consisting of all Bush appointees – must now decide if every avenue of arbitration has been tried, when everyone already knows that it already has. The PEB was officially established on Dec. 1st, and in 60 days, if no agreement is reached, the parties will be free to act themselves. For the workers this will mean striking. For the bosses, this will mean imposing their terms of employment and destroying the gains of the past.
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
5 years of the peace movement
23 Jan 2008
As the occupation of Iraq approaches its grim fifth anniversary, the anti-war movement finds itself at an impasse. The two major national anti-war groups, United For Peace & Justice (UFPJ) and Act Now to Stop War and Racism (ANSWER) will not be bringing their forces together to build the largest possible event to oppose the war – again.

ANSWER had proposed that all anti-war forces, including UFPJ, come together in a broad coalition to build a nationally focused anti-war demonstration in DC on Saturday, March 15th. UFPJ announced that they would instead be building what they hoped would be the largest non-violent civil disobedience action in DC on Wednesday March 19th, the anniversary of the war. To her credit, Cindy Sheehan attempted to bring ANSWER, UFPJ, and others together in a movement-wide united coalition to take joint action in March. However, the UFPJ steering committee backed out saying, “It was not clear how being part of another coalitional structure would help move all this work forward.”
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Commentary :: Politics : War and Militarism
Are We Voting for Change?
23 Jan 2008
Modified: 02:08:19 PM
Do we really want change on Capitol Hill? We say we do, so why aren’t we looking for it?
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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Want to "Sock It To Bush" and OPEC?
23 Jan 2008
Fight those greedy,manipulating bastards back with "Stop Your Engines Day!"
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News :: Politics
22 Jan 2008
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Review :: Media
Robert McChesney's "Communication Revolution"
22 Jan 2008
Robert McChesney's important new book on the media.
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LOCAL News :: Media
BAAM's 6th Monthly Newsletter
21 Jan 2008
Baam Boston's Free Monthly Newsletter, Issue # 6, January 22nd, 2007.
This issue includes:
Lakota Declare Sovereignty, pg 1
Defending Autonomy in Mexico, pg 3
Climate Change Confluence, pg 4
Tips for Urban Gardening, pg 7

Please print and share. Find back issues at
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News :: International
Elizabeth Beckett: Her Untold Story Media Blackout- Why?
21 Jan 2008
Student of the British Constitution -
83 year-old Elizabeth stands alone against our Treasonous Government
Will you look the other way?
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LOCAL Announcement :: Gender : Human Rights : Organizing
Jan. 29: Defend Amber Abreu!
21 Jan 2008
080129 Defend Amber Abreu lflt eng esp ld-1.jpgIn Massachusetts, a young immigrant woman faces up to 7 years in prison for attempted abortion . . .

We Must Stop This Outrage!

Protest: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29
(Amber's next hearing)

Salem Superior Court
34 Federal St., Salem, MA
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