BOSTON/South Boston - Organizers and supporters of No Boston Olympics, the local grassroots group protesting the city’s recent bid to host the 2024 summer games, gathered outside the Institute of Contemporary Art Monday night before the Boston Globe’s “‘Off the Page’ Conversations” debate between former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem representing Boston 2024, the group that formulated and submitted the city’s bid, and Chris Dempsey, co-chair of No Boston Olympics (NBO).
Somerville, Mass. – Thousands of Brazilians from across four New England states hit the polls at Somerville High School to vote for Brazil’s next president on Oct. 26.
More than 8,000 people came to the Highland Avenue location from as far away as Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and of course, from Somerville. Their votes helped narrowly reelect incumbent President Dilma Rousseff to another term.
BOSTON/Back Bay - On Saturday, October 25th, hundreds of Boston activists marched along Newbury Street as part of a "Newbury Street Shutdown" action in solidarity with Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter Week of Action. The goal of the event, according to its Facebook page, was "to ensure that no one in our city can continue to ignore the crisis of racial profiling and police violence against Black and Brown people in Boston, Ferguson, and across the country."
BOSTON/Dewey Square - The Boston rally to honor programmer and activist Aaron Swartz had tearful moments, but it went beyond remembrance. Supporters of Swartz’s work called for a move from sadness and outrage to sustained political action that will reform computer regulations and the criminal justice system.
BOSTON/Jamaica Plain - In a neighborhood as diverse—and vocal—as Jamaica Plain, it’s not surprising the wide assortment of problems and opportunities discussed at the third annual State of the Neighborhood Forum.
Everything from bus routes, to the rising cost of housing, to crime, to composting came up at the event Tuesday night, which centered around a panel discussion with state representatives Jeffrey Sanchez and Liz Malia, and city councilors Felix Arroyo and Matt O’Malley.
BOSTON/Boston Common - A rush hour picket in support of the democratic resistance movement against the Honduran coup d'etat was held on Tuesday by about 25 activists from several area organizations with connections to Central America - including Proyecto Hondureño, Centro Presente, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, and others. Participants leafleted passers-by and set up a table where people were encouraged to sign petitions to the U.S. government demanding that help reinstate elected Pres.
BOSTON/Government Center - Over 25 immigrant, labor, and religious advocates - some of them Honduran - held a brief protest between rain storms at City Hall against the military coup in Honduras this week and demanded that deposed President Manuel Zaleya be returned to power immediately.
Zeleya was flown to Costa Rica at gunpoint on Sunday and left there. The military coup was swiftly condemned by the Organization of American States and the United Nations - and by many expatriate Hondurans.