Cambridge, MA - About 30 unionized Harvard University staff, students and community supporters held a picket outside the Holyoke Center administration building on Monday to protest the recent firing of longtime Harvard staffer Joan Frankel.
BOSTON/State House - Over 100 immigrant students and allies held a rally at the State House on Monday to push Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to back Sen. Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) recent inclusion of the DREAM Act into the National Defense Authorization Act as an amendment, and vote in favor of the NDAA with the DREAM Act language intact.
Cambridge, MA - A group of 15 local anti-war activists gathered outside the First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church in Harvard Square on Wednesday to protest an appearance by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair - who was in town to discuss his new book with former New Yorker editor Tina Brown at a sold-out event sponsored by the Harvard Book Store. The protestors chanted slogans and interacted with attendees waiting to enter the church - saying that Blair and former US President George W.
Interfaith Activists Announce Pledge to Resist Anti-Islamic Intolerance at State House Press Conference
BOSTON/State House - Over 50 members of the local clergy, religious educators and supporters held a press conference at the Mary Dyer statue in front of the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday "in response to the recent controversy regarding the proposed mosques and Islamic cultural centers in Manhattan and elsewhere." The organizers - representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish and Muslim communities - released an Interfaith Pledge entitled "To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance" that had already been signed by close to 1,000 people at the t
BOSTON/Boston Common - After another difficult year for working families, over 200 union members, staff and allies gathered in front of the recently restored Brewer Fountain on Boston Common to celebrate Labor Day with a rally and march. The event was organized by New England's main property services union, Service Employees International Union Local 615.
Linden Lab CEO Rosedale at SLCC: No Further Layoffs Over the Next Year Teen Second Life to Be Shut Down
BOSTON/Back Bay - After announcing his appearance on short notice, Linden Lab founder and CEO Philip Rosedale addressed over 300 attendees - all of whom are active participants in the Second Life virtual world - at the morning plenary session of the Second Life Community Convention at the Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday.
BOSTON/Back Bay - This weekend, over 300 people from all over the nation and world will be descending on the Park Plaza Hotel "to network, build friendships and to discuss Second Life in a common forum" according to the leaders of AvaCon, Inc. - the non-profit behind the Second Life Community Convention 2010. This year's SLCC is the sixth since 2005 and like its predecessors is entirely organized by active residents of the Second Life virtual world.
BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - Over 200 people attended a protest picket outside the Hyatt Regency Boston hotel on Thurs. July 22nd to demand that the Hyatt Corporation reinstate the jobs of 98 former members of their housekeeping staff. The event was part of a nationwide day of protest by the UNITE HERE hotel workers union. Similar protests were held in several other cities.
BOSTON/Chinatown - Student Immigrant Movement organizers and supporters held a press conference at the encuentro 5 movement space last Wednesday to announce their participation in a national campaign to push for passage of the DREAM Act - a bipartisan bill that would grant some undocumented immigrant students conditional legal status and a path to citizenship. Currently, students of undocumented immigrant parents in many states - including Massachusetts - are not eligible for government financial aid or in-state tuition rates at state colleges.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Charged with Racism Bigotry at Protest Outside National Governors Association Confab
BOSTON/Back Bay - Hundreds of immigrant advocates and supporters held a rally in Copley Square on Saturday to protest the controversial Arizona anti-immigrant law SB 1070 and a local appearance by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. Following speeches by several activists, the attendees marched in sometimes driving rain to the Sheraton Boston where they picketed outside the governors' meeting for a short time - surrounded by heavy security.