BOSTON - A gruesome kidnapping in Mexico in late September is causing a ripple of outrage worldwide. In Boston, local protesters are using the disappearance of 43 students as an opportunity to call for the US government to stop funding the drug war in that country. Supporters rallied during a day of action for peace Wednesday at the Federal Building and plan to continue mobilizing.
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/Boston Common – Hundreds of students and advocates of all ages gathered on Boston Common in the rain and cold on Wednesday evening to raise awareness and show support for the non-violent Occupy Central protest movement that is demanding free elections in Hong Kong.
“The goal of this event is to let everyone know what is happening in Hong Kong. We know things may not change overnight, but we want everyone to know we are desperate for a fair legislative system, “ said Ka Leung, a Hong Kong native currently living in Boston.
This is Open Media Boston’s News in Brief for March 24, 2014.
The Open Letter
Dear Xi Jinping (China), Barack Obama (USA), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesia), Vladimir Putin (Russia), Manmohan Singh (India), Angela Merkel (Germany), Stephen Harper (Canada), Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia), David Cameron (UK), & Enrique Peña Nieto (México) —
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.
Kaveri Rajaraman, an Activist With Links to Boston, Arrested in Bangalore (India) for Resisting Slum Demolitions
Kaveri Rajaraman, who graduated from Harvard University in 2009 with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, was arrested In Bangalore, India on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013. She was picked up for resisting the demolition by the municipal corporation of tin-sheds in a housing area for the Economically Weaker Section in Bangalore city.
India is currently in a state of disgust and shock over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in the capital, New Delhi, on Sunday, Dec 16th 2012. This single event has galvanized the city of Delhi and has also made people across India sit up and take notice. In a country where violence against women is endemic - even the number of cases of sexual violence that do get reported are disturbingly large - one incident triggering such a mass reaction is quite rare.
As a member of the Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia (“Alliance”), a Cambridge, MA based organization which champions issues in South Asia, the news of the November 24th Tazreen garment factory fire in Dhaka Bangladesh in which 112 workers lost their lives was a rude jolt. It was also a reminder that such things seem sickeningly repetitive.