[act-ma] BIMC Headlines: Chuck Turner, New Bedford, Veterans for Peace, RNC video, Aristide in Exile
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CITY COUNCILOR CHUCK TURNER'S PUBLIC STATEMENT ON HIS ARREST
Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner was arrested last Friday, November
21st, by the FBI under corruptions charges that he denies, and was
later released on a $50,000 bond. Since 2000, Turner has been one of
the most progressive politicians in Boston, supporting minority groups,
poor families, and other anti-war, economic and social justice issues.
Below you will find the full statement he released upon his arrest...
WORKERS STRUGGLE WITH INTIMIDATION AFTER ICE RAIDS IN NEW BEDFORD
Over a year after the immigration raids in New Bedford, the working
conditions at Eagle Industries (formely known as Michael Bianco) have
continued to worsen as workers struggle for labor rights. In an
interview with Maria Gonsalves, lead organizer from UNITE HERE, she
talked about how the new factory owners have used intimidation tactics
against the workers who have tried to organize there. (includes AUDIO interview)
AIG, CONGRESS AND THE TAXPAYERS
What is up with AIG? The taxpayers, by way of the government and
without being asked, have given AIG more than $122 Billion in funds
(the amount is actually said to be more like $152 Billion) to keep the
failing insurance giant afloat, and yet AIG cannot seem to tighten its
belt. American Insurance Group, a company originally founded in China,
has been caught spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in perks for
executive, top producers and independent advisor retreats since its
TERRORIZING DISSENT: RNC 2008 (video)
Glass Bead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia, and other independent
media activists have released a new film, 'Terrorizing Dissent', an
exposé of events at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St.
Paul, Minnesota. Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more
than forty cameras on the streets, 'Terrorizing Dissent' focuses on the
story of dissent suppressed. People charged with "conspiracy to riot in
furtherance of terrorism" speak out against the government's campaign
to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community
organizing as terrorism.
FILM FROM NAHR AL-BARED CAMP IN LEBANON: TRANSITIONS
More than a year after their homes were destroyed during the battle
between the Lebanese army and the militant islamist group Fatah
al-Islam, the majority of the refugees from Nahr al-Bared in North
Lebanon find themselves in a difficult situation. Not able to return to
their homes, stuck in pre-fabricated housing units and often
unemployed, many of them feel frustrated and hopeless, only sometimes
seeing a glimmer of hope.
VETERANS FOR PEACE IN BOSTON DEFY PARADE BAN ON VETERANS DAY
Boston, Mass.--Veterans For Peace were not permitted to march in the
Boston Veterans Day parade; instead they had to march after the parade
passed by, behind the ambulance and street sweeper. Nevertheless, about
100 Vets for Peace and their supporters marched in the anti-war
contingent, which included Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink,
the Raging Grannies, the Peace Abbey, and others.
CITY LIFE ACTIVISTS HELP FIND TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR EVICTED MATTAPAN FAMILY
BOSTON/Mattapan - Less than twelve hours after Barack Obama spoke to
the nation, following his historic election as the first black
president, an African American family in the Mattapan neighborhood of
Boston was evicted from their home. [reposted from Open Media Boston]
TARGETING ARISTIDE IN EXILE
Elected Haiti's president in 1990. Its first ever democratically chosen
one. By a sweeping two-thirds majority. Took office in February 1991.
Deposed by an army-led coup in September with all the earmarks of being
made-in-Washington. Returned to office in October 1994. Served until
February 1996. According to Haitian law, he couldn't succeed himself.
Reelect in November 2000 with 90% of the vote. Took office in February
2001. Served until February 29, 2004 when, in the middle of the night,
US marines deposed him and forced him into exile.
PALESTINIAN RIGHTS WIN ON QUESTION #4
In Somerville and Cambridge, a little-talked about ballot question
supporting the right of Palestinians to "live free from laws that give
more rights to people of one religion than another" passed in both
cities. This was an effort launched by the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP)
last year who have worked in coalition with organizations such as,
Cambridge Residents for Human Rights (CRHR) and Jamaica Plain Residents
for Human Rights (JPRHR), to highlight the needs of Palestinians to
live free of intimidation on their lands.
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