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Government Informer Infiltrated Minnesota Activist Groups

By Nick Pinto - January. 12 2011 - City Pages

The Twin Cities activists who had their homes raided by the FBI last September are starting to learn more about why they're being investigated by a Chicago grand jury in relation to material support of terrorism.

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Washington Diary

US activists facing grand jury garner broad support

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 7 January 2011 

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Citizens United: One Year Later, How Has the Supreme Court's Decision Changed U.S. Politics?

When: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 2:00 pm
Where: First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist • 6 Eliot Street • Jamaica Plain Forum • Jamaica Plain

UJP Task Force to Oppose FBI raids

When: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 1:30 pm
Where: 789 Mass Ave. • Central Sq • Cambridge

The first meeting of the UJP task force opposing the FBI raids in Minneapolis and Chicago, and other government repressions, (See article Boston Activists Meet to Stop FBI Raids ) will meet at 6:30 on Jan. 11, Tuesday, at 689 Mass. Ave.

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Boston Activists Meet to Stop FBI Raids

"Stop the FBI raids" and other government repression was the theme at a jam-packed meeting in Cambridge on Dec. 17.  The program, organized by UNAC-Boston and endorsed by UJP and a number of other organizations, conveyed valuable information on the situation of 19 antiwar and solidarity activists mostly in Minneapolis and Chicago whose homes were raided by the FBI.

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Daniel Ellsberg Says Boycott Amazon

Open letter to Amazon.com Customer Service:
December 2, 2010

I’m disgusted by Amazon’s cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating today its hosting of the Wikileaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers. I want no further association with any company that encourages legislative and executive officials to aspire to China’s control of information and deterrence of whistle-blowing.

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Human Rights Day Stand Out

When: Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Where: JFK Federal Building • Government Center T • Boston

A Public Stand Out To Demand Accountability for Torture

Please plan to WEAR BLACK – and help spread the word!

Sponsored by The ACLU of Massachusetts

For more information: nancy@aclum.org

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Confronting Islamophobia: The Realities of Muslim Life in Boston

When: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 6:00 am to 9:30 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St. • Boston

MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY OF BOSTON
“Confronting Islamophobia: The Realities of Muslim Life in Boston”

We will explore Muslim traditions and practices together while learning about the ways Islamophobia impacts the lives of Muslim people. We will learn how Islam calls Muslims to do justice and how that work happens locally and internationally.

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Potluck & Book Swap for Justice

When: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: The Democracy Center • 45 Mt. Auburn Street • Cambridge

Looking for an excuse to clean out your book shelves? Want to show off your best potluck dish?

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Know Your Rights - Update for Activists

When: Sunday, December 12, 2010, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Jefferson Cutter House • Corner of Mystic St. and Mass Ave. • Enter by rear door off parking lot • Arlington

Attorney Myong Joun will join Arlington UJP to provide an activist session on Knowing Our Rights in the wake of the FBI raids on the homes and offices of a dozen mid-western peace and justice activists.  

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Martin Luther King Anniversary Events

When: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 4:00 am
Where: multiple sites

This page is our best effort to gather information on Martin Luther King weekend commemoration events for 2011,

Saturday

Yawkey Club of Roxbury – Saturday, 9am.    Deval spoke last year, sounds like that is not a given every year.

Poetry Evening – Brighton Allston Congregational – Saturday 7pm – unclear if this was one-time or annual event

Harlem Gospel Choir +Cambridge Community Chorus– Saturday 7pm – Sanders

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Where’s The Accountability During The “War On Terror"?

When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Where: First Church Congregational • 11 Garden St • Hastings Room • Cambridge

An Update from the Center for Constitutional Rights

presented by Katherine Gallagher, Senior Human Rights Attorney, CCR

  • CCR's work to hold private military contractors, such as the Blackwater Corporation, accountable for human rights abuses
  • CCR's efforts to use international law mechanisms to hold Bush administrations accountable for torture
  • CCR's case challenging the Obama Administration's policy of target assassinations
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The FBI and the Murder of a Black Panther

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Northeastern University Law School • 65 Forsyth St • 250 Dockser Hall - 2nd level • Boston

From COINTELPRO to post 9/11 Repression

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Comment on Chuck Turner's Verdict

What remains after this bizarre and unfounded verdict, is a person who, with incredible dignity and composure, walked out of court faced a half-sympathetic, half gleeful media to proclaim not only his innocence, but also his ambition to organize on whatever terrain he finds himself. Never once stammering despite the harsh questioning of the journalists, Chuck declared that he will continue organizing even if he must do it behind bars. The defense will consider appeals however, this will only happen after sentencing scheduled for late January, 2011. Chuck noted that he is an organizer...

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