BOSTON/Government Center—With $1 trillion in potential budget cuts that would devastate social programs and adversely effect economic recovery looming on March 1st, a group of Boston community activists and residents took to the JFK Federal Building to present freshman Senators William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with giant Valentine’s Day cards on Thursday imploring them to do what they can to head off the heavy-handed “sequestration” cuts that become law on March 1st, while protecting medicare, medicaid and vital social programs, cutting defense spending and ending the war in Afghanistan immediately.
Valentine's Day Anti-Sequestration Rally Hits Hub; Groups Fear Massive Social Spending Cuts
Anti-Foreclosure Rally Results in Delayed Court Date
BOSTON/Government Center - Labor and tenant organizers gathered in front of the Suffolk County Housing Court Thursday morning to support the family of Dorchester resident Ramon Suero in an anti-foreclosure rally. City Life/Vida Urbana and UNITE HERE Local 26 held the rally and press conference to announce their support of Suero and his family in the fight to keep their home. Their condo unit at 26 Elder Street in Dorchester is worth $80,000 dollars, according to assessments made by contractors working with City Life.
Councilor Pushes for More Access to Hubway Bike Sharing Program
BOSTON/Government Center - Boston’s bike-sharing program is heading into its third year as a major success, exceeding ridership expectations and planning to expand. But one city councilor has expressed concern that not all parts of the city are benefitting from the project’s success.
Councilor Charles Yancey, as part of the authorization of a $300,000 grant to expand the Hubway program, asked city staff involved to create a written plan for expansion into underserved areas such as Jamaica Plain, East Boston and Mattapan.
Yancey Holds Explosive Hearing on Lack of Racial Diversity in City of Boston Departments; Few People of Color in Top Spots
BOSTON/Government Center—After an hour of testimony from police officers, neighborhood activists, civil rights organizations and concerned citizens, tempers flared at City Hall Tuesday afternoon as the city’s top lawyer accused District 4 Councilor Charles Yancey of “grandstanding,” calling his hearing on the racial diversity of city departments a “farce.”
The heated exchange, coming near the end of the Boston City Council’s Committee on Environment and Human Rights’ hearing on the city’s personnel practices and contracting policies, drew several members of the municipal police to the entrance of the council’s Iannella Chamber.
PHOTOS: Boston May Day 2012 Rally at City Hall Plaza
BOSTON/Government Center - Following a march from Copley Square, over 100 activists from Occupy Boston, Boston May Day Committee, Student Anarchist Federation, and several other progressive organizations held a traditional May Day rally at Boston City Hall Plaza on Tuesday at lunchtime. Many attendees then proceded to an immigrant march from East Boston to Everett later the same afternoon.
Protestors Demand Taxes on Wealthy to Fund Social Spending at Twin Protests Outside Offices of Sens. Brown, Kerry
BOSTON/Government Center - Over 50 members of the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants and several allied organizations held twin demonstrations outside the offices of Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown on Tuesday - urging them to "tax the 1 percent and cut the Pentagon as the only way to create jobs and reduce the deficit without cutting vital programs for the poor and middle class."
The protest began outside Kerry's Bowdoin Square office then proceeded to Brown's Government Center office a short distance away. In each case, a giant "Valentine" outlining the organizers' positions was displayed and a representative of the relevant senator was invited to accept it. Kerry's staff declined to appear at the Bowdoin Square rally, but a representative from Brown's staff did come out and briefly address the demonstrators at the Government Center rally.
Climate Activists and #OccupyBoston Call “Foul” on Scott Brown’s Support for Keystone XL Pipeline
BOSTON/Government Center - About 50 climate and #OccupyBoston activists marched to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s Boston office Thursday to protest his co-sponsorship of a Senate bill introduced last week that would give Congress the power to approve the contentious Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline, bypassing the Obama administration.
Demonstrators Demand Sen. Kerry Use "Super Committee" Post to Fight for Jobs, Against Wars
BOSTON/Government Center - 40 people attended a demonstration at Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) Boston office on Tuesday to demand that the deficit-busting "Super Committee" - jointly selected by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry A. Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - focus on restoring the economy by creating jobs and ending the wars, not making more cuts to vital programs.
Cyclists Condemn Sen. Brown's Vote on Clean Air and Censorship on the MBTA
BOSTON/Government Center - About 40 environmental activists on bicycles converged at Government Center on July 7th to let Massachusetts residents know about Sen. Scott Brown's vote “to gut the Clean Air Act.” To show their unity they wore red t-shirts, chanted the slogan “Scott Brown let us down,” and carried puppets of Scott Brown with "fat cat lobbyists."
Civic Counsel Protests Grand Jury Investigation of Boston Supporters of WikiLeaks
BOSTON/Government Center - Eighty people protested at City Hall Plaza early Wednesday evening in solidarity with Boston activists subpoenaed to testify in the ongoing grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks taking place in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Boston protest was organized by Civic Counsel, a new organization of Boston University and MIT students founded last week in response to the grand jury investigation. News of the subpoenas broke on June 9th when one of the Boston activists, David House, publicly disclosed his identity.
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