Banks Get Bailed Out, People Get Thrown Out

The Esquivel family were evicted yesterday from their home in Roslindale. That same morning they had gone to the Boston Municipal Court in a last effort to stop the eviction. The judge did not rule in their favor. Raul and Anna Esquivel came back from court, tears streaming for their face, to find about 10 police officers on and around their property and another 40 people protesting the eviction. The picket was lively and emotional. Around forty people came out to support the Esquivels. The blockade was called by City Life/Urbana, and supported by many community groups, including Dorchester People for Peace, SEIU 615, the Boston No Eviction Network, the Boston Workers Alliance and others. At one point it appeared that the eviction was going to be called off. To this news, Anna Esquivel danced and people cheered. Yet about 30 minutes later, there was another call saying the eviction was in fact going to take place that same day at 2:30 pm.

Affiches anti-électorales

La NEFAC et le CRAC-Saguenay viennent de sortir des affiches abstentionnistes pour la campagne électorale fédérale.

Security Officers Hold 9/11 Memorial, Highlight Need for Unionization

by Jason Pramas (Open Media Boston)

BOSTON/Government Center - About 30 unionized security officers and community allies gathered at 1 Washington Mall next to Boston City Hall yesterday for a short memorial event for fellow security officers killed in the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

The Boston officers, members of Service Employees International Union Local 615, commemorated the deaths of the New York officers who were members of SEIU Local 32BJ - and reflected on the fact that 2 major security companies in downtown Boston have still refused to recognize their union. The officers consider themselves the "first line of defense for Boston residents and tenants working in downtown office buildings," and expressed concern that this role isn't factored in by non-union employers.

RNC 8: "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism"

In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty.

Tenants Tell Deutsche Bank to Stop Putting Around

by D&D

Bankers, brokers and other elites came together on Saturday, August 30th for a posh and pompous romp at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts. The Deutsche Bank Championship featured world class golfers, thousands of spectators, and is sponsored by multinational Deutsche Bank. As it happens, Deutsche Bank is also the leader in home foreclosures in Massachusetts. Protestors from across Massachusetts and Rhode Island picketed outside the tournament, greeting each shuttle bus with their message to stop the evictions and stop the predatory lending that leads to foreclosure.

Two weeks beforehand, City Life/Vida Urbana, a Boston based tenants rights organization, sent a letter to Deutsche Bank demanding they support MA legislation that would put a moratorium on evictions in foreclosure cases. CLVU also demanded the bank call in their top ten servicers to the negotiating table. They declined as expected and the protest was on!

The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Ireland

Oisín Mac Giollamóir

Saturday, August 30th, 6 PM
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton Street NW Washington, DC 20010
(near the Columbia Heights metro, Green Line)

Free and Open to the Public

Abortion is still illegal in Ireland. For over 20 years anarchists have been involved in the struggle to for its decriminalisation. Oisín Mac Giollamóir a member of the Workers Solidarity Movement and activist in Choice Ireland will talk about this struggle.

The Republic of Ireland has one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world. At present abortion may only be performed where continuation of pregnancy poses a 'real and substantial' risk to a pregnant woman's life - about 5 cases per year of 50,000 pregnancies

Communiqué: Lancement d'un nouveau forum de discussion anarchiste

Après les blogues, un forum! Récemment, des membres de la NEFAC ont pris l'initiative de lancer une section québécoise sur le forum de discussion international «Anarchist Black Cat» (ABC). Joignez-vous à nous, ça va discuter ferme!

Montreal North: Fire and Blood; Horrible Day, Torrid Night

Montreal-Nord has been the site of violent clashes between police and many young people in the neighbourhood last night, the day after the murder of a district youth, 18 years of age, by a police officer.

Une entrevue avec des camarades d'Alternative Libertaire en visite au Québec [Intégral]

L'intégrale de l'entrevue d'Alternative libertaire publiée dans le no 21 de Cause commune.

Dans le cadre du salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal, nous avons rencontré des camarades français communistes libertaires d’Alternative Libertaire. Nous avons profité de l’occasion pour leur poser quelques questions sur l’état actuel du paysage politique et des luttes dans lesquelles ils s’impliquent activement en France.

Anti-Capitalist Bloc Call for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, MN

A Call for an Anti-Capitalist Bloc (Red & Black Bloc) at the RNC Protests September, 2008
Twin Cities, Minnesota *

On "Labor Day" 2008, and throughout the Republican National Convention (RNC), tens of thousands of people from our community and from across the Unites States will protest against the GOP’s pro-corporate policies of war and discrimination. The Anti-Capitalist Bloc will join these mobilizations not just to protest a bad president or failed policies, but to stand up against the whole system of exploitation and oppression: capitalism.

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