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Announcement :: Human Rights
US Senate declares English the “national language”: a boost to chauvinism and racism
20 May 2006
The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the vote by the Senate on Thursday to make English the “national language” of the United States. The measure, added to the Senate immigration “reform” bill, is the but latest in a series of reactionary, ignorant and short-sighted moves aimed at shoring up the right-wing base of the Bush administration and the Republican Party, with the most far-reaching and anti-democratic implications.
The proposal is a sop to right-wing and fascistic elements who are working to whip up intolerance and hatred against immigrants in general, and Hispanic Americans in particular. It underscores the deeply undemocratic and unconstitutional essence of all of the measures being enacted in the name of “securing the border.”
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LOCAL News :: Organizing
Operation: Over benefit Raises Money and Awareness
19 May 2006
Modified: 11:06:10 PM
biolab.JPGOn Friday, May 19, activists hosted a benefit show in Wellesley, MA for Operation: Over. Featuring music and a short presentation, the show helped raise people's awareness about the biolab that Boston University is attempting to build, despite widespread community resistance and the serious safety risks involved.
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Commentary :: Politics
Sheehan Labels Bush’s White House: “A Crime Scene!”
19 May 2006
On May 18, 2006, activists attempted to deliver a “Don't Attack Iran” Petition, which was signed by over 43,000 individuals, to a White House official. The bureaucrat refused to accept it, despite the fact that the Right to Petition the government for a redress of grievances is a right older than the Constitution and a cornerstone of the First Amendment. A defiant Cindy Sheehan then labeled George W. Bush’s White House: “A Crime Scene!”
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News :: Social Welfare
Some Iraq war vets go homeless after return to US
19 May 2006
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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:NSA Domestic Surveillance Tests Constitution
19 May 2006
Modified: 12:04:56 PM
Interview with Chrisopher Pyle, former intelligence officer and professor constitutional law, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
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LOCAL News :: Human Rights : International
The Torture Question: A documentary
19 May 2006
Monday, May 22 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Brookline High School Auditorium
115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA

A documentary originally broadcast on PBS in the fall of 2005. The film explores allegations of mistreatment and torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Written, produced, and directed by Michael Kirk (Brookline resident). He will be joined on a panel by:
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Announcement :: Human Rights
Senate hearing on CIA nominee: Democrats rubberstamp Bush police-state spying
19 May 2006
The Senate hearing Thursday on the nomination of General Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrates the bipartisan congressional support for the Bush administration’s assault on the democratic rights of the American people.
While there were scattered criticisms of the methods of the Bush administration, particularly its failure to consult with Congress, every senator on the Intelligence Committee accepted the premise that the United States is engaged in a “war on terror” and that the Bush administration’s escalation of domestic surveillance and wiretapping is a product of that war.
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Announcement :: Environment
gas girlcott
19 May 2006
Gas boycotts don't work because they are sexist. Here is something that will succeed.
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Commentary :: Labor
immigration or invasion
19 May 2006
oped
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Commentary :: Media : Politics
Virtual America
19 May 2006
Modified: 10:18:59 AM
What’s real? Death and mayhem in Iraq. What’s not real? American democracy, the Constitution, the Congress and the president for starters.
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