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BU Biolab Protest Pictures
16 Nov 2005
BU is having a Global Health Initiative conference and one of the events was in a BU auditorium where BU President Robert Brown introduced other speakers (including the US surgeon general), plugging the proposed bioweapons lab in South End/Roxbury. Activisits with the BU Peace & Justice Project and Boston Mobilization staged a protest during President Brown's speech. The Global Health Initiative is supposed to promote public healthcare, not top secret military research. Here are pictures.
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BU is having a Global Health Initiative conference and one of the events was in a BU auditorium where BU President Robert Brown introduced other speakers (including the US surgeon general), plugging the proposed bioweapons lab in South End/Roxbury. Activisits with the BU Peace & Justice Project and Boston Mobilization staged a protest during President Brown's speech. The Global Health Initiative is supposed to promote public healthcare, not top secret military research. Here are pictures.

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BU is having a Global Health Initiative conference and one of the events was in a BU auditorium where BU President Robert Brown introduced other speakers (including the US surgeon general), plugging the proposed bioweapons lab in South End/Roxbury. Activisits with the BU Peace & Justice Project and Boston Mobilization staged a protest during President Brown's speech. The Global Health Initiative is supposed to promote public healthcare, not top secret military research. Here are pictures.
Re: THIS IS WHAT HEALTH ACTIVISM LOOKS LIKE!
16 Nov 2005
Bravo! Great job everyone! The pillars of public health practice are prevention and promotion of the health of our communities. Those of us looking ahead see this biolab as a major threat to public safety & health in a vulnerable community. What about funding real human needs like affordable housing, primary care, education etc.? If we apply a social/environmental justice evaluative criterion to this research initiative it fails miserably.
Re: BU Biolab Protest Pictures
16 Nov 2005
The person in the picture is not Nick G. I wish the cops would get off here. Its me. Nicks white, I am not. Fool.

There was a live webcast, I wonder if we made it on there. The BU President was all stuttering and trying to figure out what to do. I almost felt bad for him, almost.

Anyway there were lots of big wigs there;

From the BU website http://www.bu.edu/ghi/news-events/GHCOpen.html


* Robert Brown, President, Boston University
* Gerald T. Keusch, Director, Global Health Initiative at Boston University
* John Abele, Founding Chairman, Boston Scientific
* Solomon Benatar, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Cape Town
* Pascale Brudon, World Health Organization
* Richard Carmona, US Surgeon General
* Julio Frenk, Secretary of Health, Government of Mexico
* Mary Robinson, President, Ethical Globalization Initiative (former UN High Commissioner of Human RIghts and President of Ireland

Peace,

Boston Direct Action Project
http://bostondirectactionproject.blogspot.com
Re: BU Biolab Protest Pictures
17 Nov 2005
Bravo!!
Re: BU Biolab Protest Pictures
18 Nov 2005
FYI: "Biolab" does not mean "bioweapons lab".

"Biolab" just refers to the level of containment required at the facility.

For example, the is a level-4 biolab in Long Island that deals with agricultural diseases.
Re: BU Biolab Protest Pictures
26 Jan 2006
Considering that Nixon was planning to wipe out the golden cresents opium crops with weavels and the zillions of gallons of roundup the US is dumping on south american farmers I would suspect that they are cooking up bio agricultural weapons in that lab on long island.
Re: BU Biolab Protest Pictures
26 Jan 2006
I would just like to respond to whomever keeps posting about protestors "lack of understanding the facts about the Biolab" by using different terms in regard to its name, such as bioterror or bioweapons lab. the protestors involved in these activities are well aware of what is actively advertised as to what will be studied in these labs: mainly the cures for deadly, as of yet uncureable diseases. what is attempted to be brought to the attention of those who are the targets of these actions by using the creative choices of different names for the laboratory is the fact that:

1. the research being done at these facilities is being done at the expense of research on much more common, public diseases that have proven to be equally, if not even more so, based on the rate of infection, diseases such as AIDS, the flu, and malaria (one of the greatest killers in the world). the choice to place so much emphasis on diseases such as anthrax and ebola are obviously a result of the current political climate and the want to be able to be ahead when it comes to chemical warfare, not the average citizens concerns. this a part of the anti-terrorism campaign, hense "bioterror" (not purely an effort to make the lab looking "terrifying")

2. when these diseases are being studied, there is the almost complete certainty of scientists creating new and deadly versions of these diseases. though the intention of this act is in order to study these new, hypothetical diseases to find cures and do "defensive work", the reality is that the facility is being overseen by the federal government and the military. the line between offense and defensive research is nearly non-existent, as new diseases could just as easily be utilized as weapons.

so, to put it bluntly, don't assume that by using different slogans that protesters don't know what the hell we're talking about. we're quite aware.
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