In the run-up to their convention in Los Angeles Sept. 8-11, top AFL-CIO officials have welcomed closer ties with non-labor groups and associations of workers’ who lack bargaining rights. In an interview with USA Today this summer, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka claimed that formal partnerships with the Sierra Club and NAACP would soon be forthcoming.
Faced with a government which, purportedly on our behalf, repeatedly undertakes unilateral military attacks, it is not enough for us to merely express our revulsion at war. We need to understand the pattern to these aggressions, to make clear what drives them, and to see the underlying policy as part of a larger agenda which cares little more for us than it does for its overseas victims.
Vigils and Vigilance - Fires Building Collapses and Gross Negligence in the Bangladesh Garments industry
Local efforts to challenge global capitalism and worker exploitation
When news of the Rana factory collapse that killed over 1200 people on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013 spread around the world, many were outraged. Only a few months prior, in Nov. 2012, the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh had claimed more than 100 lives. Such accidents seemed to be regular - yet unstoppable - fatal occurrences.
Braving temperatures well over 90 degrees, as many as 500 people gathered on the outer edge of the Boston Common on Saturday, across the street from the Massachusetts Statehouse, to demonstrate their solidarity with the protests currently under police attack in Turkey.
My wife and I are shopping again at the Arsenal Mall. And then waving in thanks to a Watertown Cop driving past. The new normal after lock down and neighborhood terror days. If you lived near here, you have indelible personal experiences about the meaning of ultra violence, running gun fights, sheltering in place, and manhunts.
Having skin in the game, makes me want to raise three questions. First, what did the FBI know, and when did they know it? That's the most politically explosive question, and should be answered in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Last Friday night, after news reports that one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had been killed and another was captured, the media became fixated on crowds of Bostonians taking to the streets to "celebrate."
Massachusetts Peace Action shares in the sadness, appreciation, restraint and solidarity shown by President Obama, Governor Patrick, faith and civic leaders, and neighbors in the face of the violence at Monday’s Boston Marathon and during the days following.
There is sadness for those killed and injured, for the families whose lives have been scarred, and for the culture of violence, here and abroad, that leads to such senseless acts.
In 2012, four-year tuition at the average public university cost more than $15,000 – not counting books, meals or housing. At the average private institution, that figure was even higher, clocking in at over $32,000. Even two-year and vocational programs ran nearly $9,000 per certificate.
Don’t let the strands of colorful beads from Rwanda, long brown hair, and dimples fool you. Jina Moore may look like a coed as she strides down the corridors at Boston University, but she’s a seasoned multimedia journalist whose specialty is gritty human rights stories.
Moore was among the 300 journalists and academics from nine countries and 27 states in Boston last weekend (April 5-7) to attend the university’s 4th annual “Power of Narrative” conference at which professionals in all media share the latest techniques and technologies for telling news stories.
A perennial target of their detractors, Massachusetts state public sector workers are no strangers to having their salaries scrutinized. Attention often focuses on the top pay received by a few in chief public sector jobs, but what about the vast majority of employees who are working hard and don’t earn the big bucks? Open Media Boston brings you the full facts in a snapshot of state public sector pay in 2012.