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Free Gaza Boats Break the Siege of Gaza; International Support Crucial to Success
1.jpgTwo small boats carrying 42 human rights activists broke the siege of Gaza. They sailed from Cyprus in defiance of Israeli threats to intercept the boats to enforce its blockade of Gaza. The arriving boats were greeted by thousands of jubilant Gazans and former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Intense international support was crucial in persuading Israel to allow the boats through.
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24 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Sacco and Vanzetti Memorial Day
svmarch8-23-07a.JPGBoston, MA--On Saturday, August 23rd, Boston remembered the 81st anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history. This is the third rally organized by the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society in Boston.

VIDEO (from saccoandvanzetti.org):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1npVlofXh4

LISTEN TO AUDIO (from Chuck):
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24 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / International : Labor : Media : Organizing
Former Indymedia Journalist Among Ten Foreigners Detained in China
freetibet.jpgFormer Boston Indymedia journalist and media activist, Bryan Conley, founder of grassroots media videoblog Alive in Baghdad, is one of six US citizens detained in China for covering actions of Students for Free Tibet during the Olympics. The other five pro-Tibet activists are Jeffrey Rae, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, Tom Grant, and James Powderly. On Thursday, the Chinese government handed them and four other European activists a 10-day detention sentence.

RELATED:
Statement by Eowyn Rieke, wife of Brian Conley:
http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/205488/index.php
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22 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Media
Protesters Say No to Psychologists' Involvement in Torture
apa.jpgOn Saturday, August 16, about two hundred protesters gathered in Boston to protest psychologists’ involvement in abusive interrogations and illegal detention. People gathered at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention to support a call to the APA to forbid their members from cooperating in any way in torture and reject our government's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques." Co-sponsors of this action included Psychoanalysts for Social Responsibility, the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and Psychologists for an Ethical APA. In the next month, APA members will be voting on a referendum that would make any participation in detainee interrogations a violation of their code of ethics.

RELATED: Democracy Now! coverage of this event:
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/18/referendum_on_torture_debate_over_
Physicians for Human Rights Campaign Against: Torture
http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/torture/
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19 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Human Rights
DNC Protest, Split, and the Principled Stand of Cynthia McKinney
123 r68-logo.jpg"As the United States activated Navy ships and the Air Force to begin an airlift of non-specified goods into the former Soviet state of Georgia, and military exercises began in the Persian Gulf near Iran, I received communications from certain individuals among the Colorado Greens who were organizing campaign support events there, suggesting that I not participate in an anti-war program being organized by other individuals in Colorado." -Cynthia McKinney

In addition, the Green Party of Colorado has issued false statements to the press and all over the internet claiming that Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will not be participating in the Recreate ’68 events. Here is one such statement from Dave Chandler, co-chair of the Colorado Green Party, Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress in the Seventh Congressional District, and supporter of a Denver ballot measure that would seize the vehicles of illegal immigrants:

“Cynthia McKinney, Green Party candidate for President, and Rosa Clemente, Green Party candidate for Vice President are NOT participating in any Recreate ‘68 activities. Both candidates, and the Green Party of Colorado, are refuting this announcement and are stating that neither candidate, nor the Green Party of Colorado, are in any way associated with Recreate ’68, nor will any of their candidates be speaking at or attending any event, nor are they in any way associated with the group Recreate ’68.”

This is a blatant lie. Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente will be speaking at the Recreate ’68 events.
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17 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / DNC : Environment : Politics : Race : War and Militarism
Sacco and Vanzetti-The Case That Will Not Die, Nor Should It
i_sacco_dvd2.jpgDVD REVIEW of SACCO AND VANZETTI, a documentary film by PETER MILLER, 2006. Using documentary footage, reenactment and ‘talking head’ commentary by interested historians, including the well-known author of popular America histories Howard Zinn, the director Peter Miller and his associates bring this case alive for a new generation to examine.

RELATED: Sacco and Vanzetti Third Annual March and Rally: http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/205376/index.php
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17 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
No Ice Raids Rally in Boston
A-Chance-For-A-Better-Life.jpgWednesday morning, August 13, 2008, about 150 people gathered in Government Center, Boston, to protest ICE raids. This event was sponsored by many Immigrant groups, including Jobs with Justice, and Centro Presente. Patricia Montes, one of the MCs of the rally, is with Centro Presente.

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14 Aug 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Think Outside the Bomb 2008 Youth and Grassroots Conference for Nuclear Abolition
totb2.JPGTo take place in Boston August 14-17, the conference will provide a backdrop for nuclear abolitionists, peace activists, ecologists, and other advocates of social justice and a livable planet to learn in-depth about the threat of nuclear weapons, the destruction caused by the nuclear fuel chain, and current political opportunities to move toward nuclear disarmament.
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23 Jul 2008 Modified: 12 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Environment : Organizing : War and Militarism
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