Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given our timorous, unimaginative, and politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood.
As the Massachusetts Legislature considers this year’s crop of criminal justice reform bills, one that has not gotten much attention is a measure to ensure proper treatment of pregnant women in jail and prison.
Improving the medical treatment and protecting the constitutional rights of these women is vitally important and would contribute to the Commonwealth’s goal of reducing health disparities, because prison policies have a disproportionate impact on poor women and African American women.
Customer Communication Technicians who work out of Comcast's Fall River and Fairhaven offices have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to supervise a union representation election. If a majority of the techs vote for union representation it will finally compel management to begin talks with employees for improvements in wages and working conditions.
The targeted recent campaigns by federal prosecutors on two local politicians, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner and State Senator Dianne Wilkerson show that the FBI is an organization that is hostile towards Boston’s and Massachusetts’s minority citizens and is able and willing to use their resources to target the elected officials and representatives of those communities and effectively silence them. Both of these politicians have long been known as ones that constantly challenged the status quo and were constant voices of dissent in support of minority communities.
Why I support the release of Tarek Mehanna.
Police Attack Occupy Boston, Arresting 141 Peaceful Protestors
Brothers and sisters,
I want to tell to you what happened to me on Monday night into early Tuesday morning and explain what it means for the movement.
Monday afternoon, the mass march of thousands of students and workers joined by MassUniting and the Right to the City Alliance culminated in a demonstration at the park square just north of Dewey Square, across the street.
Video of Boston police arresting #OccupyBoston protestors at their second camp yesterday early morning.
IBEW Local 2222 members voted at their monthly meeting on Oct. 5 to support the occupations opposed to corporate greed in New York and Boston's financial districts.
Labor support for the occupations has been growing. On Oct. 4, the Greater Boston Labor Council passed a strong resolution in support of Occupy Boston. On Oct. 5, the Massachusetts Nurses Association rallied with occupation activists in downtown Boston while a large number of New York union members marched to join with the Wall Street occupation.
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts (N2N-MA) is requesting help with election observation during the Worcester municipal primary elections next week on Tuesday, September 20 and the general election on November 8. They are looking for volunteers to fill shifts throughout the day, to ensure that voter intimidation and suppression tactics do not prevent people from casting their ballots.
Why Health Care Strikes Should Demand “Health Care For All,” Not Just “Hands Off My ‘Middle Class’ Benefits”