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Announcement :: Environment : Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
This boycott is part of Operation: Over, a direct action campaign against militarism in Boston.
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Attention High School Students:
A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University

If you were considering attending Boston University next year, please don't. Some of your tuition money will go towards funding a bioweapons lab in Roxbury, the poorest neighborhood of Boston, populated primarily by minorities. The Biolab, which will include a BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) component, will be located just blocks from a low-income housing project and a prison, and will be doing "biodefense" research on the most deadly incurable airborne pathogens on Earth, such as anthrax, Ebola, and the plague. BU has been extremely secretive, and the research that will go on in the Biolab will be likely illegal, violating a 1994 Boston Public Health Commission regulation against doing recombinant DNA research at BSL-4 facilities. Since the Department of Homeland Security has given BU a $127 million grant to help fund the lab, BU will have no control over its first 20 years of research.

If you were considering attending Boston University next year, please don't. Some of your tuition money will go towards funding a bioweapons lab in Roxbury, the poorest neighborhood of Boston, populated primarily by minorities. The Biolab, which will include a BioSafety Level 4 (BSL-4) component, will be located just blocks from a low-income housing project and a prison, and will be doing "biodefense" research on the most deadly incurable airborne pathogens on Earth, such as anthrax, Ebola, and the plague. BU has been extremely secretive, and the research that will go on in the Biolab will be likely illegal, violating a 1994 Boston Public Health Commission regulation against doing recombinant DNA research at BSL-4 facilities. Since the Department of Homeland Security has given BU a $127 million grant to help fund the lab, BU will have no control over its first 20 years of research.

Community groups have been working against this Biolab for the last three years, but BU has been all but ignoring them. It's time to stop being polite and hit BU where it hurts: their funding. If you're making a decision between going to BU and some other school, please support the autonomy and self-determination of residents of Roxbury, and the health and safety of all of New England, and go to some other school.

This boycott is part of Operation: Over, a direct action campaign against militarism in Boston. Please spread the word! If you know of anyone thinking of going to BU, please convince them not to. If you know any BU students, please talk to them about this issue.

For more information:
http://operationover.freeyouth.net
http://www.ace-ej.org/BiolabWeb/biolab.html
http://www.bostonmobilization.org/bioweapons.php
Related stories on this site:
Prospective BU Students Informed of Biolab During Campus Tours

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BULLSHIT
22 Feb 2006
This article was written by someone who is paying to go to BU.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
I hope there's a huge boycott of BU, hopefully if there's a huge boycott, it will bump me up on the admissions list.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
me and a couple other people wrote the article, and i dropped out of BU.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
LOL really? wow. No shit. Er, congratulations Micah.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
so is Bill going to drop out too?
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
So Micah, now that you've dropped out of school, how's your life going ?
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
as a high school senior i can tell you that this message will be getting spread throughout the area to other high school seniors.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
Shut up Keegan.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
22 Feb 2006
Boycott the vending machine company that services BU. That would show real results as thier profits at BU can't compeat with what they loose else where. They would pull out and leave BU stuck with cafateria food at cafateria hours. This might seem small. But it would shake up the place more than you could imagine. And it would actualy work, where as, boycotting BU will not.
Re: A Call for a Student Boycott of Boston University
26 Feb 2006
Well there's sex in the sunny day
That shines down on Boylston street
And I love the U.S.A.
So share the modern world with me
'Cause I'm in love with the U.S.A. now
I'm in love with the modern world now
Put down your cigarette
And drop out of B.U.