As I write this, the Israeli Defense Forces have begun a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. I am a secular Jew, and myself along with millions of other Jews, hear that the state of Israel which claims to speak and act in our name - is now indiscriminately bombarding and murdering Palestinians. What stand should we take? What is the right and the wrong?
“We substitute teachers like to think of ourselves as the marines of the public education system. Whenever a breach opens in our nation’s educational front lines, off we go: The few, the brave, the stupid.” -- From Tom Gallagher's SUB
Like most of the couple hundred young people rallying at the State House Monday morning, I have never experienced a month with globally-averaged surface temperature below the 20th Century mean.
So while Governor Deval Patrick’s Global Warming Solutions Act is without a doubt excellent legislation, we young people need more. What we need from the Governor—and we will be strong supporters as he considers elected office again down the road—is a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure.
Many of Boston’s biggest and most profitable developments enjoy decades-long property tax exemptions under a state law, Chapter 121A, created in 1945 to subsidize affordable housing in distressed areas.
Chapter 121A was amended in 1960 to apply also to commercial and luxury housing projects on sites the Boston Redevelopment Authority declares “blighted.” Only about three dozen large projects have received 121A tax agreements, but they have – and will continue to - cost us hundreds of millions of dollars.
When Somali pirates captured Captain Richard Phillips in 2009, his large Irish-American family gathered at a farmhouse in Vermont to await news of his fate.
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) —
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.