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Homeless organize in Boston

By November 20, 2014

An overflow crowd of 300 homeless people and their supporters rocked the Blackstone Community Center in Boston’s South End on Nov. 12. Many were among the 700 homeless people who were thrown out of Boston’s biggest shelter — Long Island Shelter in Boston Harbor — on Oct. 9, after the only bridge leading to it […]


Grocery workers fight back

By August 17, 2014
Market Basket

Thousands of workers at 71 Market Basket stores in New England have been engaged in a job action since July 17, when a hostile takeover within the company’s board ousted the then current CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. The mostly white super­visory and managerial staff of the grocery chain has been organizing weekly rallies of thousands […]


Racist Boston school plan protested by oppressed communities

By June 12, 2014
Bus driver union leaders Steve Kirschbaum and Andre Francois, June 2.Photo: Howard Rotman

Hundreds of angry African-American, Latino/a and Haitian parents and Boston school bus drivers filled Roxbury’s Madison Park High School on June 2. They were there to protest the unelected Boston School Committee’s decision to end middle school bus transportation and place mostly children of color on public transportation buses. Chanting “Fight, fight, fight! Transportation’s a […]


Boston St. Patrick’s Day Peace march

By March 19, 2014

March 16 — Solidarity overwhelmed bigotry on the streets of South Boston this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. For 20 years the Allied War Veterans organization has rejected openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from marching in its traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as anti-war and peace groups led by the local […]


Veolia’s long history of racist, anti-worker, union-busting activities

By January 2, 2014

Boston — It seems obvious now. When Thomas Hock, the vice president for labor relations of Veolia Transportation, signed a contract with the Boston Public Schools that brought the company to Boston last June to run the city’s school buses, this racist, union-busting company had one purpose and one purpose only: to destroy the region’s […]


Anti-war, queer liberation forces link hands at Pride

By June 13, 2013
WW photo: Alberto Barreto Cardona

To the cheers of thousands, queer liberation, anti-war, and Pfc. B. Manning contingents marched in united fashion with the International Action Center’s Stonewall Warriors in this year’s Boston Gay Pride March on June 8. Banners and placards supporting wrongfully imprisoned African-American transwoman CeCe MacDonald festooned the contingent. Progressive African-American Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey, a […]


Boston St. Pat’s Peace Parade draws anti-war, labor, LGBTQ forces

By March 19, 2013

Boston — Tens of thousands of onlookers saluted the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Peace Parade in working-class South Boston on March 17. The people’s reception and the Peace Parade itself were a rebuke to the pro-war Allied Veterans Council, which for 20 years has excluded the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangenders and queer communities from the traditional […]


Providence, R.I., Cambodian community fights police brutality

By January 24, 2013

Providence, R.I. — Led by youth organizers from the Cambodian community in Providence, R.I., more than 200 protesters rallied and held a spirited night march on Jan. 17 to protest a violent police raid that brutalized a 77-year-old Cambodian woman and her 13-year-old grandson in their home. During the Jan. 8 raid in the West […]


Solidarity with Idle No More movement

By January 18, 2013
Vancouver, B.C., Jan. 11.Photo: Lauren Cartwright

Idle No More Boston drew supporters to a rally and drum circle on Jan. 11 — one of hundreds globally — in solidarity with the Idle No More movement of First Nations, dedicated to preserve and protect tribal lands and treaty rights in Canada. Rallies were timed to coincide with scheduled meetings between First Nations […]


Boston ACT UP pickets Kerry

By November 30, 2012
WW photo: Gerry Scoppettuolo

ACT UP Boston took its anti- austerity demonstration to the streets and the actual front door of U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s house in the “millionaires’ row” section of Boston’s Beacon Hill on Nov. 21. Chanting “Fund health and not defense!” ACT UP members held a mock austerity “Thanksgiving” dinner, complete with empty pill bottles and […]