BOSTON - The FY10 state budget unveiled last night by House and Senate budget leaders undercuts the pledge to give all Massachusetts residents access to affordable health care. The budget eliminates coverage for 28,000 lawfully-residing, working, and taxpaying residents of the Commonwealth.
Somerville, MA - Saying that Americans already are paying more in taxes (and private insurance premiums) for medical care than any other country in the world but having worse “health outcomes” than citizens of other western industrialized nations, Dr. Rachel Nardin, President of the MA chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, explained Monday why her organization thinks a “single payer, universal coverage” type plan must be adopted as soon as possible.
BOSTON/Copley Square - More than one hundred declared supporters of democracy, free communication, and peace in Iran gathered at Copley Square in Boston this afternoon, as widespread protests against the present regime continued one week and one day after anillegitimate election.
The diverse crowd appeared to be just over half non-Iranian, in conversation and to a very untrained-at-profiling eye.
Chants included "Stop the brutality," and "Iran Election Fraud!"
Testimony on H.341, Globalization Impact Bill
Before Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technology
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
9 June 2009
I thank the chairperson [Senator Karen Spilka] for this opportunity to share my views.
My name is David Lewit. I am a social psychologist living in Boston, and come here as an active member of the Boston-Cambridge Alliance for Democracy.
BOSTON/Chinatown - Venezuela's Adjunct Ambassador to the United Nations Julio Escalona and economists Richard B. Freeman of Harvard University, Julie Matthaei of Wellesley College and Arthur MacEwan of the University of Massachusetts Boston spoke on the Global Economic Crisis to an audience of over 60 people on Friday at the encuentro 5 movement space.
On June 12, Rep. Edward Markey became the seventh member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to co-sponsor H.R. 676, the "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform written by Rep. John Conyers.
Rep. Markey joins Massachusetts Representatives Michael Capuano, William Delahunt, Barney Frank, James McGovern, John Olver and John Tierney and 75 other members of Congress as a co-sponsor of H.R. 676.
BOSTON/Jamaica Plain - Calling himself a "professional bummer-outer," author and environmental activist Bill McKibben last night described to an audience of about one hundred supporters of the Jamaica Plain based Bikes Not Bombs organization, the monumental changes he said our planet will go through if humans don't stop polluting the Earth with carbon and other industrial wastes.
7th District Health Care Reformers Vow Stepped-Up Campaign to Convince Rep. Markey to Co-Sponsor HR 676
Medford, MA - On May 11, a group of more than 50 prominent Seventh District constituents sent a letter urging Rep. Ed Markey (D) to co-sponsor HR 676, the national Medicare-for-All bill.
The letter concluded: "Whatever health reform Congress does consider, we believe needs to be held up in comparison with a single-payer plan as the "gold-standard" for cost-efficient, equitable, and universal care. We need your leadership in supporting and advancing this ideal, and building momentum for truly sustainable, universal health care in this country."
Workers and homeowners, union members and community activists—all had a reason to march against Bank of America this spring. In Lynn, Massachusetts, our protest was another step in building the relationship between unionized working people and working-class community organizations, especially among immigrants. It’s a relationship that the North Shore Labor Council has been carefully nurturing for years.
"ICE, ICE, Get out of the way, Happy Mothers Day!" - Protesters Demand an End to the Raids, Detentions & Deportations
BOSTON/Dorchester - Nearly 60 people demonstrated around the Suffolk County Jail in Boston (known as South Bay House of Corrections) on Sunday in protest of the detention of immigrants in that facility. The signs and the chants indicated what the protesters wanted: an end to the repression of immigrant workers and their families, legalization, family reunification. All this in the context of the commercial celebration of Mother's Day. The prisoners were fully aware of the presence of the demonstrators and banged their cell windows furiously.