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News :: Politics : Race : Technology
Concerned Citizens Confront Menino Campaign on Proposed Bioterror Lab
01 Nov 2005
Modified: 10:06:45 PM
[Dorchester, MA] During a campaign event at Prince Hall in Dorchester, Mayor Thomas Menino and his supporters were greeted by members of the Boston Direct Action Project (BDAP) dressed in hazmat suits marked “Biohazard,” masks, and gloves. The BDAP members confronted Menino about his support of Boston University’s proposed bio-lab.

They distributed flyers outlining the dangers of the proposed bio-lab to two hundred people entering the rally. The flyer listed City Councilor candidates who support the lab, including Michael Flaherty (at large), Ed Flynn (at large), Steve Murphy (at large), John Connolly (at large), Patricia White (at large), Jim Kelly (Dist. 2), Maureen Feeney (Dist. 3), J.R. Rucker (Dist. 4), and John Tobin (Dist. 6).

Caroline, a member of BDAP explained, “We all oppose the construction of the lab because of potential health and safety risks. This lab threatens the quality of life and affordability of surrounding neighborhoods. If built, this lab will provide no jobs or other benefits for the local community. The lack of public oversight relating to the laboratory construction shows a blatant disregard for the Roxbury and South End communities.”

There are currently only five Level 4 (BL4) “Biosafety” labs in the U.S. These are the highest security research labs that study deadly diseases, including anthrax, ebola, small pox, tularemia, and the plague. These diseases, which can be transmitted through the air and used in biowarfare, have no known cure. The BU biolab would be the first such lab in a densely populated urban neighborhood. “The devastation to the Boston area would be horrific if any of these diseases were released unintentionally,” said Jason, another member of the BDAP. The Menino Administration has failed to provide an evacuation plan in the event of an outbreak or disaster.

“Mayor Menino supports the construction of the lab which is in direct opposition to the needs of the communities that he represents,” continued Lydon, “Not only do we demand that he change his position, we demand that he call for the proposed federal funding of $127 million for this lab to be spent on schools, healthcare, public transportation, housing and other programs that are essential to the vitality of our Boston communities.”

“Trying to build this lab in a community of color is yet another example of environmental racism. We already have more than our fair share of pollution and related illnesses,” explained Chris Williams, a resident of Roxbury and BDAP member.
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