The misleadingly named “Secure Communities” is a secretive deportation program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under this deeply flawed initiative, the biometric fingerprints of everyone who is arrested – not convicted - for any offense whatsoever are automatically matched against FBI and ICE databases. ICE then decides who should be detained and deported.
Today, temporary employees rejoiced, knowing that this will be the last they will be cheated out of pay and vacation hours, or subjected to unsafe working conditions. What was first planned to be a protest by workers and their allies instead resulted in an unusual alliance between workers and management, jointly championing rights for a traditionally marginalized workforce and sending shockwaves throughout an historically rogue industry.
A group of twenty Verizon technicians and two other employees who formerly worked for Verizon Select Services (VSSI) have voluntarily gained union recognition from Verizon management.
Concerned about security and the lack of any "say so" in their future, the former VSSI techs began signing union cards several months ago. Once they established that a strong majority desired collective bargaining rights and union representation, union leaders requested recognition from Verizon management.
A bill currently under consideration in the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary could lead to increased liability for Massachusetts companies.
Rising costs of food and housing; attacks on healthcare reform and worker's rights; gentrification continuing the displacement of communities that have been the cultural backbone of neighborhoods; criminalization of immigrants through violence, intimidation, and policing of borders. All of these crises have root causes which are systemic and institutional in nature.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art. - Charles Bukowski
Seven, maybe eight years ago, I brought Adam Aries with me to a house party in Hudson. I must have seen him at Denny’s or Bickford’s. Spontaneous as he was, he hopped right in.
My friends had solicited the services of a stripper whose name I can’t remember, but neither Adam or I had known about the strippers.
Last year, Massachusetts taxpayers sent $19.9 billion to the Pentagon to fund the trillion dollar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, sustain over 800 military bases in Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, Afghanistan and other countries all around the world, and “improve” our vast stockpile of nuclear weapons – among a number of other very expensive projects.
Massachusetts also gives much more than money: 105 Massachusetts soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and over 600 have been wounded. Hundreds of military families, friends and neighbors are left in pain and turmoil.
Frances Fox Piven (professor, CUNY Graduate Center) and Cornel West (professor, Princeton University) hosted a national webcast teach-in on Tuesday addressing the roots of the current economic crisis and what people are doing to fight back. The event streamed live from Judson Memorial Church in New York and was moderated by the New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera.
Audio recording of a panel discussion on Digital Media and Popular Uprisings featuring Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Jillian York of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Suren Moodliar of Massachusetts Global Action and the Majority Agenda Project on March 31, 2011 at the University Hall Amphitheater at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA. The event was sponsored by Open Media Boston and Lesley University. 40 people were in attendance.
Over 200 people attended a Boston community speakout tonight to talk about the impact of a third year of state budget cutbacks on education, health care, elder services, teen jobs and other programs.