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Commentary :: Organizing
Prophecy Nov 13 : PEOPLE POWER!
13 Nov 2004
Not just a slogan but something that you do....
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Families of Dead & Wounded U.S. Servicemen can "Sue" for Damages in the Bush Regime's "Illegal" Iraq War!
13 Nov 2004
Families of Dead & Wounded U.S. Servicemen can "Sue" for Damages in the Bush Regime's "Illegal" Iraq War!
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LOCAL News :: Human Rights : Race : Social Welfare
Boston to Hold Public Hearing Investigating the War on Drugs
13 Nov 2004
Boston City Councillor Chuck Turner is calling for a public hearing this Monday to investigate the War on Drugs. The purpose of the November 15th hearing is to gather data on the resources devoted to the war on drugs by different city, state, and federal agencies...
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Boston to Hold Public Hearing Investigating the War on Drugs
13 Nov 2004
Boston City Councillor Chuck Turner is calling for a public hearing this Monday to investigate the War on Drugs. The purpose of the November 14th hearing is to gather data on the resources devoted to the war on drugs by different city, state, and federal agencies...

The high cost of the drug war, both monetary and human, is the primary motivation for the public hearing.

President Nixon declared the current global War on Drugs and created the Drug Enforcement Agency in 1973. The law enforcement budget has since inflated from less than 100 million dollars to tens of billions of dollars per year. In parallel, the number of incarcerated people has quadrupled in the United States, going from 500,000 to over 2 million people. Almost a quarter of state and federal inmates are in prison for drug-related offenses, and minority populations are heavily overrepresented among them. According to a 2003 Justice Department report, a black male in the United States has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison during his lifetime.

However, according to Councillor Turner, despite law enforcement and incarceration measures, the supply of drugs seems unrelenting. Chuck Turner wants to use the public hearing on Monday to find out whether the current war on drugs has failed, like its infamous predecessor, Prohibition. (Starting in 1920, alcohol was prohibited in the United States. Prohibition was a massive failure in limiting access to alcohol, and moreover was a boon to organized criminal organizations, which took over the distribution of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933.)
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LOCAL Announcement :: Media
Radical Film Night Series at the LPC // 11-17 to 12-1
12 Nov 2004
Every Wednesday night at 7pm. Always Free.
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Commentary :: Politics
Chomsky in 2008
12 Nov 2004
It's time for Noam Chomsky to make an independent run for President in 2008.
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Commentary :: Organizing
Counter inauguration organizing
12 Nov 2004
Strong need to participate in organizing for COunter inauguration events in DC
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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Decriminalize SEX and Womyn's bodies
12 Nov 2004
When can we get serious about decriminalizing breasts, breast feeding, and human sexuality. What do we gain by controling other people's sexuality? Or a babies feeding time?
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Commentary :: Organizing
Prophecy Nov 12 : A letter to American Moms
12 Nov 2004
We need to talk
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Commentary :: Human Rights : International : Media : Politics
The onslaught in Fallujah: Shooting at a fly that has landed on a horse’s head
12 Nov 2004
On the face of it, the siege of Fallujah seems to be going relatively well for the US troops. Most of the city has been captured and according to the mass media “Operation Phantom Fury” will be finished in a couple of days. However, things are not so simple. The war in Iraq was also supposed to be over, whereas it clearly is not. The same applies to Fallujah, where an official victory may well turn out to be a Pyrrhic one.
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