Video of the UMass Boston Student Union - an outgrowth of the Occupy UMass Boston movement - rallying on campus on Thursday and then participating in an Occupy Boston march with labor in downtown Boston shortly afterwards.
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.
Interview the City Stenographer, Boston City Council about the new stenographic scopist technologies including the Diamante Stenograph. Ask about Closed Captioning for folks with hearing loss.
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 open letter below is addressed to Facing History and Ourselves Executive Director Margot Strom, Associate Executive Director Martin Sleeper and Board Chairwoman Tracy Palandjian.
An Open Letter to "Facing History and Ourselves"
To: Executive Director Margot Strom,
Associate Executive Director Martin Sleeper,
Board Chairwoman Tracy Palandjian
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.
Occupying Wall Street and other city spaces for a month by assortments of individuals commanded broad attention and galvanized widespread apathy into action. The suppressed subtext of discontent with the exercise of economic power and its grave consequences suddenly became the text of prime time news. Although various groups such as UK/US/Uncut had spotlighted corporate conniving and tax evasion, they gained little traction among natural allies or consumers of news media because their actions were not well covered.
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.