Telephone employees across Massachusetts spearheaded a day of action on May 22 to protest efforts by Verizon and many other employers to force workers to pay more for their health insurance premiums or increase co-pays and deductibles. Earlier this year, Verizon proposed raising premium costs and out-of pocket medical expenses for employees.
If my cousin still had a voice I wonder what he would say. If he had the opportunity to tell his story, I wonder who would listen. He would be 21 this month and maybe a junior or senior in college. If he were taking a social psychology class at UMass Boston and had to write an autobiography, I wonder if he would talk about what it felt like to be physically and emotionally abused or sexually violated as a child.
Driving west along Alewife Brook Parkway recently, through an area called The Alewife - a swath of road and shopping centers where Cambridge, Arlington, and Watertown, MA seem to overlap - I was struck by a crazy thought.
There's this bridge, just before the Alewife Train station on the "red line." And on one side of this bridge there are three very large, block rectangular apartment buildings. Many people who depend upon some form of government subsidy live in these buildings.
While the federal government attempts to pass inadequate relief for victims of predatory loans, local groups and outraged citizens are agitating for a trio of bills at the state level.
The three bills - "Six Month Moratorium on Foreclosure," "Judicial Review of Foreclosure," and "Just Cause Eviction" - filed and due for a hearing on Tuesday, May 13, are touted by supporters as a necessary corrective to the financial climate that caused the on-going foreclosure crisis.
BOSTON - Last January the U.S.-based El Salvador solidarity group - the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) - received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, citing the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 and questioning the organization’s relationship with the leftist Salvadoran political party known as the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation, or FMLN.
An open letter from Judy Norsigian (Our Bodies Ourselves); Deborah Shields (Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition): Rita Arditti and Margo Golden (Women’s Community Cancer Project); Amy Agigian (Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University); and Ellie Goldberg (Healthy Kids: The Key to Basics) April 2008. Dear Friends and Colleagues As health and food safety advocates we are concerned about the use of rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) in dairy products in Massachusetts.
A lot was going on in Boston yesterday. The weather was spectacular, the Red Sox finished a four game sweep of the Texas Rangers and once again Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot won the Marathon.
And again, gunfire erupted and a young person was mortally wounded.
On Monday, scores of neighbors, commuters, and school age kids on vacation, were walking and playing along the Southeast Corridor Park in Jamaica Plain, near the Stony Brook Orange Line station.
The walk for Hunger is coming up and it is a gift to the anti war movement! with all major media outlets covering the walk it is our turn to take it to our turn. we have the opportunity to let thousands and millions all over the work know about the
violent ways of Raytheon. there is plenty of time to get folks to turn out for a major sunday protest against the war.