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News :: Social Welfare
Biolab Opponents Find Success, Continue Struggle
05 Aug 2006
Safety Net members, plantiffs in a legal battle against the B.U. biolab, have one a victory over the past two days. For anyone who did not see the front page of the August 4 Boston Globe or the third page article in the Metro, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants ruled that the proposed bioterror lab would be illegal because Boston University did not properly obtain the necessary permits or file an adequate Environmental Impact Report.
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Klare Allen, Safety Net member, seen on the side of the press conference
Safety Net and other members of the coalition against the proposed biolab held a press conference at Boston City Hall this morning at 11 am, where members of Safety Net, their lawyer, and supportive public officials spoke about the victory and the struggle ahead.

Though this is a major victory for the communities that have been struggling so tirelessly against the bioterror lab and for all those who would be effected by it, the fight goes on and will go on until Boston University publicly declares that they are no longer building the lab and until we see construction halt. Boston University has stated that they intend to appeal the case and will continue construction, which was fully underway still when checked this morning.

Safety Net has filed another lawsuit, this one at the federal level. The next court date is September 6, 2 pm at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston (more information to come as the date grows nearer). The coalition against the biolab would like to pack the courtroom and we could really use everyone's help.

Operation: Over and other biolab opponents will be meeting at Boston City Hall for our weekly death procession against the biolab to raise awareness about the issue and its importance.

This time, however, we will be specifically targeting Mayor Menino. Though he openly supports the biolab, Menino has escaped pressure about the lab for too long. If city councillors were to pass a resolution banning level-4 biolabs in Boston (which has already been done in Cambridge and is more feasible now than before due to the recent ruling), Mayor Menino would have the power to veto the resolution. We are asking all opponents of the biolab to join us for this event. If you've been waiting on the sidelines because you weren't sure how to get involved, or if you have recently learned about the issue, here is your chance. If you're usually too busy to make events, here is one to make an exception for. If you've been active but haven't worked with Operation: Over before, here is your chance.

Let's turn up the heat on Menino and on all of those in power who aren't making decisions on behalf of the people but instead on behalf of their own special interests.

Support local struggle for self-determination in all of our communities. Stop the Biolab!
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Councillor Chuck Turner, long-time ally in the struggle against the lab, can be seen at the press conference
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From the last death procession
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