It's always difficult when you have to disagree with a friend, and this is never more true than when the disagreement is over a political question. But on Tuesday, the Boston Globe - and numerous other local and national media outlets - quoted Fausto da Rocha, the Executive Director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston as supporting a campaign by a national faith-based coalition, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, to tell immigrants to boycott the upcoming 2010 Census.
Since I've already written on the equal importance of the Labor Day and May Day holidays for working people in these pages, I don't think there's a need to revisit the history of Labor Day as it rolls around this week. Or to point out that May Day certainly deserves equal status with Labor Day. Suffice to say that Labor Day is the only day when workers of all kinds are officially recognized for building this nation. And for making the United States a better place to live for everybody. Naturally it's true that for most working people - though not all - Labor Day is just a day off.
Since it's been a fairly slow newsweek - given the recess in state government, the hot humid weather, and those that can afford it being on some kind of vacation - we thought it would be a good time to ask Open Media Boston viewers for some feedback. We're getting ready to expand our operation at OMB. This naturally includes rebuilding this website to make better use of the latest technology and learn from the experience of our first year and a half as an online weekly metropolitan news publication.
This week, I've decided to write about a national issue with potential local impact ... that's right, I'm talking about those loud right-wingers crashing health care "town hall" meetings around the country. Now I'm not going to spend a lot of time discussing the politics of health care this week. I've done that here in the Open Media Boston editorial section several times, and will continue doing it until we finally win some kind of rational fully-public national health system in the U.S.
It's always a good idea to keep an eye on what corporate think tanks are up to - especially at the local level - and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau is no exception, backed as it is by the largest corporations and law firms in the region. The best rationale for this opinion being that major corporations are the most powerful institutions in our society.
On the weekend of July 23-25, 2004 over 5,000 progressives from across the region, nation and world gathered at UMass Boston for the Boston Social Forum - three days of discussion, debate and cultural events staged right before the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which also took place in our fair city.
Gov. Deval Patrick let his conservative side out to play again this week with his proposal to double the amount of state education money that can be spent on public charter schools. While the Massachusetts charter school model is not nearly as bad as the for-profit model in states like Michigan, charter schools still represent a highly questionable solution to long-standing problems in the public education system.
Everyone here at Open Media Boston was shocked and saddened to hear this week's announcement that the Bay State Banner suspended publication this week - possibly forever, if new investors don't step foward. For over 40 years, the Banner was not only the main African-American media outlet in Boston and Massachusetts, it was also the main community media outlet serving the predominantly African-American Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. We think this aspect of its importance has been less discussed than it should be.