BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - Over 50 people from the Service Employees International Union and allied organizations held a picket at 2 downtown Burger King locations Thursday. The event was the latest in a series of "Enemies of Change" protests organized nationwide by SEIU in an attempt to stop major corporations from lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act - which is up for a vote in Congress later this year.
BOSTON/Government Center - Over 50 people held a late afternoon picket in front of the Federal Building on Wednesday to protest the U.S. role in continuing to fund and supply the Israeli military after its recent invasion of the Gaza Strip. The event was organized by the Emergency Gaza Coalition.
Local Human Rights Groups Protest Israeli Attack on Gaza Strip; Latest in Series of Boston-Area Responses to the Growing Crisis
Cambridge, MA - Over 100 people from the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights and several other human rights and pro-Palestinian organizations held a spirited protest Monday evening against the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. The action was the latest in a series of local demonstrations called over the last two days by numerous political and religious groups against the air strikes on the densely populated area. The attacks began on December 27th.
SEIU Pickets McDonald's Over Their Opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act; Company Could Be Target of a Unionization Drive
BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - About 30 activists - primarily from Service Employees International Union Local 615 and local labor advocacy organizations - formed a picket line outside the McDonald's restaurant at 146 Tremont St. near Park St. Station to protest the McDonald's Corporation's role in attempting to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act, a pro-union bill under consideration by Congress.
BOSTON/Government Center - Over 50 people turned out to Boston City Hall Plaza in frigid weather on Wednesday to attend a press conference by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark - who announced his support for Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner (G/R - District 7) in his fight against charges that he took a $1000 bribe from a local nightclub owner.
Turner and Clark emerged from City Hall together and led the crowd across the plaza to the front of the Federal Building where the event proper took place.
Immigrant Children Deliver Postcards to the Governor's Office; Call for Just and Humane Immigration Policies
BOSTON/Beacon Hill - Seeking "more just and humane immigration polices," over a dozen children of new immigrant families joined with 30 representatives of immigrant and faith-based community organizations on Tuesday under the banner of the pro-immigrant coalition Welcoming Massachusetts to present specially-prepared giant postcards asking for support for their cause from Gov. Deval Patrick (D - Massachusetts) and President-Elect Barack Obama (D).
Councilor Turner Rallies Supporters; Accuses U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Engineering His Arrest for Political Gain
BOSTON/Roxbury - City Councilor Chuck Turner (G/R - District 7), fighting off charges that he took a $1000 bribe in an FBI sting operation, rallied his constituency to his side at a diverse 300 person rally at Roxbury Community College on Tuesday. Towards the end of the two and a half hour event, Turner also leveled accusations at U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan that his November arrest was really about laying the ground work for a gubernatorial run by Sullivan in 2010.
The bailouts of big companies are reaching into the range of two trillion dollars. Two trillion. $2,000,000,000,000. Twelve zeros. Count them: twelve. That’s a lot of money. On top of that, another trillion dollars has been spent on the death, chaos and destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Energy Empowerment Revolution Rally Begins Push for Billion Dollar State Fund; Sen. Kerry Addresses Crowd
BOSTON/Faneuil Hall - An array of environmental and community organizations held a 100-person rally at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday to announce a new campaign for to renovate every home in the Commonwealth to reduce to be more heat efficient in the winter months and more energy efficient year round - providing 10,000 new "green collar jobs in the process.
Their full platform is laid out in a Declaration of Energy Empowerment that was read aloud by activists at the event.