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Drone Research: The Little-known Collaboration between Academia and the Pentagon

Subrata GhoshroyThe U.S. spends nearly $600 billion annually on defense: five times that of China and twelve times that of Russia.

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Report on Venezuela with Reverend Mike Clark

Rev. Mike Clark

April 27

Arlington United for Justice with Peace meeting

Rev. Mike Clark sat down with members of Arlington UJP on the evening of April 27 to educate our group about current events in Venezuela.

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City Council Hearing Challenges BU's Push for Bio-Level 4 Research in Boston

 

This article was first published in City Councilor Charles Yancey's April 2014 newsletter.

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Budget for All: “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”

Activists and organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston Saturday for a Tax Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.

The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”

The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor militarism and devalue social and societal needs.

Protesters began the day outside Bank of America, denouncing it for paying no federal taxes in 2013, a practice made possible by loopholes carved out in tax law for companies like Bank of America, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil, which are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world.  The crowd was vibrant and with banners and posters flying high drew the attention of hundreds of passersby and elicited more than a few honks and waves from members of the public.

In the afternoon, the group marched to a nearby church and held a forum to hear from community and political leaders about how we got to this point and what we can do about it.  Speakers ranged from Senator Elizabeth Warren (by video) to Grace Ross from the National Alliance of HUD Tenants to the venerable civil rights activist and former state representative Mel King to freshman Congresswoman Katherine Clark.  A framework for action included a diverse set of initiatives, including immediate measures like collecting signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time ballot initiatives, as championed by Harris Gruman of the SEIU State Council, to medium-term measures like lobbying the six Massachusetts congressmen who voted NO to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget last week, as championed by Michael Kane, to more long-term initiatives like proposals to wipe out childhood poverty in Massachusetts, as championed by gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick.

The day ended with thanks from the organizers, and the crowd disbursed with a renewed vision for the future of our society and an enriched understanding of the trickle-down consequences of a budget that favors the few. 

Video highlights of the forum:

Also see the video greetings by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Barney Frank to the Budget for All forum.

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Losing Today, Winning Tomorrow? South Africa Set to Re-elect the Party of Mandela

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA—What’s  the left to do? On May 8th, the world will awake to read that South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party of Mandela, has won 3 out of 5 votes in the country’s elections; they will also read that just over 1 out of 5 votes went to the Democratic Alliance (DA) that draws much of its support from the white minority.

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“The Indispensable One” - New York’s Brecht Forum

Suren MoodliarIn mid-April, Vijay Prashad, sentinel thinker of the Global South, paused after returning to Beirut from the Bekaa Valley. Focusing away from his surroundings and momentarily halting his ongoing commentary on the Indian elections to his East, Prashad gazed west to New York City. “I can’t believe the news I just heard.

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Dottie Stevens, 1941-2014

Dottie Stevens

Dottie Stevens

October 21, 1941 - March 27, 2014

Dorothy “Dottie” Kech-Stevens, a lifelong, fierce advocate for justice and human rights for all human beings, died on March 27, 2014 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Statement on the Biolab by Prof. David Ozonoff

Statement for Members of the Boston City Council

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We Don't Want You to Swim in the River

In early April, 2014, the U.S. Navy unveiled its Mach 7 Magnetic Mangler, “a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second.”  So far, the U.S. military has spent $240 million developing the railgun over a period of ten years.

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Nonviolence Training Weekend - Report

Led by Cathy Hoffman and Ken Butigan, a weekend nonviolence training session was held in Cambridge for Campaign Nonviolence (http://paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence).

The training brought local peace activists together with folks from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Worcester and Dighton, MA and one stalwart life-long activist from Baltimore, Maryland.

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Do We Care Too Much?

Suren MoodliarDavid Graeber answers the provocative title question affirmatively in a recent Guardian op-ed, “Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes” (3/26/2014).

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Radical Democracy

What is radical democracy?  What, for that matter is "radical"?  What is "democracy"?  Well, to be radical generally means to be getting to the root of things.  That means, for example, finding out what are the real causes of inequality and enormous differences of wealth or poverty.
 
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Widespread Opposition to Camp-Baucus Fast Track Legislation

Vote for Peace TV Producer Maria Battaglia's Film

Peace activist TV Producer Maria Battaglia entered a neurological film festival, the purpose is to raise awareness and funding for brain diseases. 
 
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