The economic crisis is wreaking havoc on homeowners, jobs, education, and social services across the country. Now, in Massachusetts, vital health care services are under attack from budget cuts carried out by the Democratic Party governor Deval Patrick. As a result, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), one of the largest health care providers in the Boston area, recently announced plans for deep cuts, closures, and layoffs.
BOSTON/Dorchester - In a working class Boston neighborhood, approximately 30 people gathered in the windy cold last Saturday to demonstrate against the Bank of America and corporate greed. This protest was the first action taken by the Campaign for Economic Justice, a project initiated byBoston Socialist Alternative and intended to grow into a community coalition that would campaign on issues like housing, layoffs and budget cuts arising out of the current economic crisis.
Cambridge, MA - Author Pagan Kennedy gave the keynote address to 75 area writers attending the Annual Book Party of the National Writers Union Boston Chapter on Sunday at the Cambridge Family YMCA's Durrell Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States.
Framingham, MA - NEWS BRIEF: Before the annual Greater Framingham Community Church, MLK, Jr. Breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel on Monday, advocates of "Beyond War, Another World is Possible" greeted attendees with a reminder of King's opposition to war and economic injustice. Inside eight hundred people enjoyed breakfast while listening to BELL co-founder, Earl Martin Phalen and poet Iyeoka Ivie Okaowo. "Beyond War" fliers and sign up sheets were distributed.
Over the course of the last few years, peace and social justice organizations have engaged in an increasing number of collaborations with groups bridging a wide variety of issues and campaigns. From global climate change to job creation and workers rights to health care reform and protection from home foreclosures, community organizers increasingly view "justice" as a continuum of demands and strategies rather than single, isolated issues.
Cambridge, MA - Prof. Noam Chomsky spoke to a capacity crowd of over 200 people yesterday at the Chomsky on Gaza Public Forum at the Wong Auditorium at MIT. The event was sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice.
Former MCI technicians at Verizon Business (VZB) who had been seeking representation for nearly two years finally are united in a new labor agreement that went into effect on December 28.
During the month of January many of the techs will be initiated as members at local union meetings throughout the Verizon East footprint. Photo and interview opportunities are available.
Gaza is the most densely populated area in the world: 4,500 people per sq. mile. Over one-half of its 1.5 million citizens are children. On the fourth day of continuous Israel bombing, the known number of dead in Gaza is 380, mostly civilians - including women, children, the elderly, ill and disabled. Over 1000 are said to be badly injured. Israeli government officials say that innocent civilians should move away from the Hamas militants so they won’t be injured. To where were the 5 young sisters crushed to death by collapsing walls of a mosque bombed by Israel supposed to escape?
More than 100 representatives from dozens of community and labor organizations gathered on Dec. 10 in Boston to mark International Human Rights Day and kick off a statewide campaign to win passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
The Employee Free Choice Act would give workers a simple one-step process to freely choose a union. It would also strengthen penalties for companies that intimidate employees from trying to form unions and provide for mediation and arbitration when employers and workers cannot agree on a first contract.