[act-ma] BIMC headlines: DNC/RNC Video report; Social Forum; Immigration; Anti-War Rally; Honk Fest
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Anti-War Veterans and Supporters Arrested While Trying to Enter Final Presidential Debate
GROUND NOISE AND STATIC: VIDEO REPORT ON THE DNC AND RNC PROTESTS OF 2008
In November, one or the other of the corporate candidates will win, and
then, as always, it will be what the people do, not the politicians,
that counts. This video report on the protests that occurred in
connection with the Democrat and Republican National Conventions,
Ground Noise & Static is a manifesto.
LOCAL LEADERS HOLD A DIALOGUE WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS ON WELCOMING MA INITIATIVE TO REAFFIRM RESPECT FOR IMMIGRANTS
Somerville, MA. Community Organizations, local businesses and
communities of faith held a dialogue with elected officials in
Somerville as part of a week of action to promote the Welcoming MA
campaign. This campaign is a statewide initiative to affirm
Massachusetts as a Commonwealth that welcomes and respects the dignity
of all people. There will be more than thirty actions and events
happening all over the state in support of the Welcoming, MA Campaign.
NOVARTIS KNOCK DOWN DAY
Novartis Knock Down Day is a call for actions against Novartis on
Monday, October 27th for being one of Huntingdon Life Sciences’ (HLS’s)
largest customers. Without customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)
there simply would be no Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The customers
pay Huntingdon to test products and carry out research. If Huntingdon
lost all their customers then they would have no income and be forced
Honk! FESTIVAL DRAWS 25 ACTIVIST STREET BANDS TO SOMERVILLE, MA
This year's third annual HONK! Festival from Oct. 10-12 was an
exuberant street party and gathering of 25 activist street bands in
Somerville. On Friday, October 10, Tufts University hosted a HONK!
symposium on "Politics and Festival," as well as several hands-on
workshops focussing on the challenges faced by honk bands.
LAST DAY OF WORK AT THE SOCIAL FORUM OF THE AMERICAS
Guatemala, October 11.- The Social Forum of the Americas is coming to
an end. Today was the last day of workshops and events at the
Universidad de San Carlos. The event will conclude on Sunday with a
march and rally at the Plaza Central in the historical downtown area at
noon. I started the day attending the "Globalization and migration:
effects on indigenous peoples" organized by MIGUA, the Movement of
Guatemalan Inmigrants in the U.S." Among the panelists were Elvira
Arellano, Carlos Lopez from Casa del Migrante, Eliza Orozco, indigenous
leader, and Eduardo Jimenez.
ANTI-WAR SENTIMENT IN BOSTON STILL STRONG (video report)
Several thousand peace activists took the streets of Boston October 11
to protest the 6th anniversary of Congress voting for war on Iraq. The
rally started on Boston Common where are a large crowd on a sunny day
heard anti-war speakers and musicians.
THE THIRD SOCIAL FORUM OF THE AMERICAS HAS BEGUN IN GUATEMALA
City -- October 7, 2008.- The Social Forum of the Americas has begun,
with most of the nearly 2000 participants arriving today. The
registration process begun normally while switching from an automated
system to a manual one. All the packets and a beautiful bag where
distributed to each registered delegate. There was not doubt here that
Spanish is the official language of the forum. The other undisputed
presence is that of the Mayan people. In fact, their presence has been
felt not only in numbers, but also in spiritual influence. Mayan
religious ceremonies have gone on at dawn and sundown.
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