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Marathon Monday Banner Drops Target Menino to Stop the Biolab
21 Apr 2008
BOSTON--On April 21, 2008, Marathon Monday, activists around the city participated in direct action to publicly confront Mayor Menino about the proposed Biosafety Level 4 Lab in Roxbury, by hanging numerous banners along the marathon route, including one in Copley Square near the finish line, reading: "Menino: Residents Say No Biolab."
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For the past five years, Menino has ignored the residents of Boston whom express great concern over Boston University's plans to do BSL4 research in the heart of the city without adequate safety measures. The lab would experiment with dangerous pathogens, including ebola, anthrax, and smallpox which could spread easily in a dense urban area.

The lab, originally slated to open by 2006, has been delayed several times thanks to the efforts of local residents. A number of BSL4 level labs have
been proposed across the country as part of President Bush's Project Biosheild, which is intended to "defend" against bioterrorist attacks.
Many of these labs have also been proposed in working-class neighborhoods of color and similar struggles are beginning there.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has twice ruled in favor of the residents who brought a lawsuit against BU and the lab. There is also a
Federal lawsuit pending. Governor Deval Patrick has been willing to meet with the concerned residents and decided to hire the National Research
Council (NRC) to review a National Institutes of Health (NIH) report released last year, that claimed the lab was safer in Boston than anywhere else. What was found of this report was that it was scientifically unsound and would never be published in a scientific journal. Now BU and the NIH are working a new report that again will try to prove the lab is safe in Boston. This is not just unsound science, it's unsound politics.

All of these developments have come about without any effort from the Mayor to listen or even just sit down and talk to residents. Even as the state governor is willing to talk in an open, democratic manner, Menino refuses to meet with any groups who oppose or have concerns about the lab. The actions carried out today were meant to bring this fact to his attention so he can no longer ignore his constituents.
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