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(en) US, BAAM* Boston's 4rd Monthly Newsletter I. (1/2)

Date Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:21:40 +0200


Welcome to the fourth issue of the BAAM News-letter. We are a general anarchist union in the Boston area. Our structure reflects our belief that anarchist organizations should not be configured in such a way that conflicts with the ultimate goal of a classless, stateless society. We feel that being class conscious is not enough; we oppose authoritarianism in all its forms, including capitalism, government, and all types of oppression such as racism, sexism, nationalism, xenophobia, homophobia, and environmental devastation. To learn more about BAAM, come to our monthly meeting: every 1st Tuesday of the Month, 7pm at the Lucy Parsons Center, 549, Columbus Ave, in the South End of Boston, or visit our website: BAAMBoston.org

-And now for the news:

Making this Holiday Season a Little Warmer: Radical Caroling by Lydia T.

When the biggest shopping day of the year rolls around, Black Fri-
day, I usually spend it hiding out at home in an impotent rage. This
time, however, I went to the Prudential Mall and sang anti-con-
sumerist, anti-sweatshop jingles to the tune of Christmas classics, a
BAAM tradition in its 7th year. Reactions to the gaggle of singing
anarchists from shoppers ranged from open stares and mouths to
smiles and laughter. One man stopped to demand who we thought
we were singing to; we responded with " you", " ourselves",

"the people shopping..." . One couple who were passing by joined
us after listening to "Profits", a jolly rendition of Jingle bells.
After accidentally making about six bucks in loos
change, tossed by passers-by, we couldn't resist moving to the en
trance of the Gap and informing consumers of the GAP's labo
practices in song form:
*GAP Sweatshops Are Coming To Town*
*Oh...you better watch out
You'd better not buy
Don't shop at the GAP
I'm telling you why
Gap sweatshops are coming to Town.
They start off in one country
The workers are sucked dry
And when they start to organize
The GAP just says ` goodbye'...*
While this was all very delightful to me, it also appeared
that most shoppers were amused rather than annoyed. We wer
ejected by mall security after getting through four songs for "pro
testing", so we decided to call it a day and walked up the street to
enjoy some Food Not Bombs, and to lift the spirits of our freezing
comrades with our singing. (Plan your own
radical caroling. Check the back of this issue for "Frosty th
Snowman" More songs can be found at: http://www.infoshop
org/inews/article.php?story=03/12/27/2839372&mode=print
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Radical Queers: A Zillion Fred Phelps: Zero By Adrienne
The news that the Reverend Fred `God Hates Fags'
Phelps was coming to town November 4th began circulating
among Boston's buskers and street performers. Those most fa-
miliar with the Westboro Baptist Church know that these de-
luded godbags revel in attention of every variety. The more op-
position they encounter, the more they feel they are serving their
creepy god. Having no desire to feed into the Phelps Klan's
holy self-aggrandizement, a call was sent, asking for a delega-
tion of statues, street performers, musicians, and generally fabu-
lous individuals to show up at Phelps-targeted Copley Square at
10AM in order to detract from their loony, queer phobic thunder.
Oh. My. Gawd. Never in our wildest, (...continued on pg 2)
queerest dreams could we have predicted the vibrant,
energetic delightfulness that followed in the middle of Copley
Square. Three very dedicated statues created the backdrop for the
spectacle, which spectacle was soon compounded by two poly-
chromatically clad, incredibly talented individuals dancing and
drumming on 4 foot stilts as a fiddler played and a lady in yellow
juggled lemons. More costumed dancers showed up in a gender-
fucking array of tutus, shiny leggings, lumberjack gear, rain boots,
pretty dresses, gym shorts, drawn on facial hair, and enthusiasm.
A number of friendly people with `FREE HUGS' signs, organized
by a local livejournal community, offered their complimentary
services. On a less happy note, the premises were patrolled by
infamous vigilante scum, the Guardian Angels, who would prob-
ably heart Phelps if it weren't for that whole protesting U.S. sol-
diers' funerals thing. The event really took off when a 1-2-3 Party
dancer showed up with a boombox and began blaring `I'm Com-
ing Out.' The dance party that was at first limited to costumed
dancers infectiously spread to the free huggers, to mouth-agape
tourists, and to local passersbys. At one point, as the incredibly
queer selection of dance songs continued, the habitually-still stat-
ues leapt off their milkcrates to join in on the exuberant dancing.
So where was Phelps? If one chooses to believe the
Guardian Angels, and to believe that their source was indeed the
BPD, Phelps was on his way, but decided against carrying out
his protest upon the discovery of the counter-celebration taking
place. As for the counter-celebrators, so much fun was had that we
couldn't help but wonder why we even needed the threat of Phelps
to spend hours on the street holding queer anarchist dance parties.
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Portland: Direct Action Haults the US War Machine by Hayduke

Wednesday evening,
November 7th, protesters in
Olympia, Washington, as part
of Port Militarization Resis-
tance (PMR), began blocking
truckloads of Stryker armored
vehicles headed to the port to
be shipped off to Iraq. PMR
held the port until the morn-
ing. Police attacked the small
crowd with pepper spray and
batons, arresting two, and
eventually escorting the mili-
tary shipments through to the
ports. The next night, 200 pro-
testers arrived and set up an
encampment, keeping the mili-
tary from the port for the night.
On November 9th,
just a few dozen brave radicals
put their lives on the line and sat down in front of flatbed trucks
carrying the vehicles, succeeding in forcing the trucks to turn back.
(Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=iVASp4CGh94.) Without
sufficient police support, the military gave up on shipping cargo for
the day, leaving access to the port under the control of the protestors.
These actions continued over the course of the week,
with Washington activists braving arrests and constant at-
tacks from police batons and pepper spray. At least 12 were ar-
rested on Monday. Riot police with shields and concussion
grenades arrested 43 people on Tuesday, November 13th, dur-
ing a direct action called by the Women's Caucus of PMR.
PMR's direct action campaign has not only direct-
ly targeted the supply line of the US military's imperialist war,
but has also inspired the people of Olympia to stand up; at least
one US soldier to walk out of the port, the military and into
the anti-war movement; and dozens of other soldiers to show
support for the protesters. The Port Militarization Resistance
raised the bar for successful direct action against the war. An-
archists and other opponents of the authoritarian and capital-
ist wars should take an example from these actions and begin
to target the infrastructure and supply lines of the war machine.
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Zombies in Boston! Thank BU By Jake Carman

On November 7th, 40 zombies left Boston University's
BioSaftey-Level 4 (BSL4) Lab in the South End/Roxbury, and
walked the streets of Boston. Scientists with a megaphone and
caution tape tried to cordon off the infected, and handed out flyers
to onlookers warning of the dangers of the weapons-grade, incur-
able pathogens that will be researched and produced within the
lab once it is completed. "I have the Bolivian Hemorrhage Fever,"
said Everette, one of the Zombies. "I was bitten by an infected
mosquito that came from BU's lab. It started with flu-like symp-
toms, but now I throw up blood and bleed from the nose." If she
were really infected with this disease, which will be kept in BU's
lab, Everette, a 19-year-old Texan and BU student would die in 2
weeks. The zombies and scientists were accompanied by almost
as many photographers and reporters. This bizarre procession was
a demonstration against BU and the City of Boston's BSL4 lab,
dubbed by local neighborhood residents as the "Bio-terror lab."
Residents of the working-class, mostly black, and dense-
ly populated neighborhood of the South End/Roxbury have spent
the last 5 years protesting, filing lawsuits, holding meetings, press
conferences, and rallies. Their cries have fallen on deaf ears. John
Elorca, a teacher at the Boston Public School's El Centro Del Car-
dinal said he was trying to keep his students informed. When asked
for his opinion of the zombie march's effectiveness, he said, "I like
this tactic. Anything that is dramatic and shocking and let's people
know will help. A lot of people in the community are against the
lab, but it needs to gain more attention elsewhere." Jesse J., a two-
year resident of Roxbury, said she participated because she wanted
to raise awareness. "This march by itself will not stop the lab, but it
can convince onlookers to look into it and spread the word. People
from all walks of life, especially in the community, have resisted
for years. Its time to make a spectacle, and a lot of face paint helps."
If completed, BU's lab will be the first of its kind in a
US city. As Somerville native and Northeastern Bio-chem. ma-
jor, Melanie Araujo said, "This is a poor site selection." She
said that the neighborhood was chosen, as opposed to Bea-
con Hill or other wealthy communities, "because low income
people, the ones directly affected by this lab, have no political
power." Araujo pointed to the threat the lab poses to the city in
the case of a terrorist attack, and to BU's sub-par safety record.
BU has had two lab accidents in the last two years, one a lab fire
and the other infecting two workers with a pathogen. "Custodi-
al workers," Says Araujo, "are extremely at risk in these labs."
The zombie procession marched through the Down-
town Crossing shopping district to Government Center. Sci-
entists in gasmasks did their best to protect the curious on-
lookers from infection. "I'm here because this lab is a threat to
Boston that we don't need," said Rich Navin, a member of the
Emerson and Suffolk Anti-Authoritarians, a group that orga-
nized the event alongside the BU Anti-Authoritarians and mem-
bers of BAAM. "I don't want Anthrax, Monkey-Rage Virus, or
Ebola at my doorstep. I don't want zombies at my doorstep!"
Learn more: www.StopTheBiolab.org
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A Day of Anarchy at Simon's Rock: BAAM Workshops are a Success! By Laila M.
On November 3rd four members of BAAM went out to
Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, MA to host a day of
workshops. The day included a panel discussion on anarchy in
which students submitted questions ahead of time for the panelists
to discuss and then had another opportunity to ask questions af-
terwards, an interactive workshop about women's health and radi-
cal menstruation, a brief street tactics training, a great know your
rights presentation done by the Boston Anarchist Black Cross, and
music from Jake and the Infernal Machine and Clara Hendricks!!!
The day was a great success. The students and members
of BAAM all had fun hanging out and learning from each other.
With at least 25 students attending throughout the day, and an
impressed activities director, BAAM has an open invite to return
to the school for another presentation. BAAM plans on traveling
to other schools to teach workshops and skill-shares, hopefully
with more options than those already presented. If you would like
BAAM to come out to your high school or college contact Laila at
icefox212(at)hotmail.com
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MISSING HISTORICAL PLAQUE FOR SACCO AND VANZETTI TO BE REDEDICATED IN BOSTON'S NORTH END By the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society

Boston, November 21, 2007.- On Saturday, De-
cember 1st, at 11:30, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemora-
tion Society will rededicate a historical marker outside the
entrance to 256 Hanover Street, the site of the Sacco and
Vanzetti Defense Committee's headquarters from 1925-1927.
In 1976 the City of Boston placed a plaque on the build-
ing, located along the city's Freedom Trail in the North End, in
recognition of the historical impact the men's trial and subsequent
execution had on both the nation and much of the world. Some-
time in the early 1980's the original plaque disappeared. Today,
the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society is proud to an-
nounce the upcoming unveiling and rededication of a new plaque.
Speakers will include Boston City Councilor Fe-
lix Arroyo (confirmed), Former Governor of Massachu-
setts Michael Dukakis (tentative), and others. There will
also be readings from the writings of Sacco and Vanzetti.
256 Hanover Street is located a short distance from the
Haymarket T stop. www.SaccoandVanzetti.org

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Class: The Other Abortion Accessadvocates and supporters of reproductive justice
Most Issue by Clara Hendricks

are well aware of the significance of the year 1973. This was the
year when the supreme court made the monumental decision in
Roe v. Wade, making abortions legal for women in the United
States. For many people, this indicated that the problem wom-
en had previously faced, not being able to access safe and legal
abortions, was solved. And many people still believe this today.
What few people know, even advocates of reproduc-
tive justice, is that a mere three years after Roe v. Wade was de-
cided, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, sponsored by Il-
linois representative, Henry Hyde. This amendment, which
has passed votes year after year, forbids federal Medicaid from
funding abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or endan-
germent to the life of the mother. The amendment also bans
other federal healthcare, such as that for women in the military
and Indian Health Services, from covering abortion. Thirty
three states have also adopted the language and regulations of
the Hyde Amendment for their own state Medicaid programs.
What the Hyde Amendment has meant for low-income
women, who are disproportionately young and of color, is that
serious barriers to safe and legal abortions still exist. When fac-
ing the choice of either paying for an expensive procedure (de-
pending on the timing of the procedure cost can range from $200
to $2000) or paying rent and buying food, it is easy to see how
many of these women end up having children they do not want
and often cannot afford. Additionally as time passes while a
woman attempts to raise the money for her procedure, the cost
rises and her chance of actually being able to pay for it decreases.
It is in this way that the United States Government fur-
ther marginalizes women of color and low-income women, not
providing them with the same access to reproductive healthcare
as those with more privilege. And as if not funding abortion
weren't enough, there is a serious lack of both federal and state
funding for contraception, emergency contraception and com-
prehensive sex-education. The government seems determined
to give low-income women as few options as possible when it
comes to their decisions regarding their bodies and families.
Unfortunately, many feminist and reproductive jus-
tice groups have lacked a significant class and race analysis,
and have seen Roe v. Wade as the be all and end all of abortion
access. There has been a very unfortunate history in the move-
ment for reproductive justice of white middle class feminists only
looking at the legal aspect of abortion access. However, a coali-
tion of reproductive rights groups, women of color groups, hu-
man rights groups and others formed last year for the Thirtieth
Anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, bottom-lined by the Na-
tional Network of Abortion Funds, to say thirty years is enough!
This diverse coalition has taken action in various forms including
holding community discussions and educational events, produc-
ing and distributing literature about the negative impact of Hyde
on particular groups of women, introducing state legislature to
increase state funding, and talking to congress people about the
Amendment and its impact. Most recently, the coalition has
drafted a petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment completely.
Until all women, regardless of socio-economic sta-
tus, have complete access to safe, legal, and affordable abor-
tion, reproductive justice has not been served. If you would
like to hear more about the work of the National Network of
Abortion funds or the Hyde: 30 Years is Enough! Campaign,
please visit www.nnaf.org or www.hyde30years.nnaf.org.
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What is Anarchism?
Anarchism is the theory and practice of a human soci-
ety organizing without hierarchy, authority and oppression. This
means that all people have equal access to the decision-making
process and to the products of their collective labor. Anarchy can
be described as true, direct democracy. It is horizontal: i.e. workers
working together without bosses, neighbors organizing housing
and neighborhoods without landlords, and people making deci-
sions without politicians. There are many different ideas on how to
get there and what exactly it will look like. We can talk all we want,
but only a truly free and revolutionary people will be able to decide
what their revolution will look like. So comrades, let's get to work!
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Fighting Internet Censorship With Tor by Sublett

Throughout history, governments have repressed their
subjects by attacking the ability to communicate freely. Tapping
phones, reading mail, and shutting down opposition newspapers
and television stations have long been staple tactics of totalitar-
ian regimes. In so-called democracies, media control is established
largely by withholding advertising support from opposing voices.
All leaders know that their power depends on keeping the rab-
ble from collaborating to expose their lies and overthrow them.
In recent years, the rise of the internet has presented a
new challenge to the forces of oppression. While internet-con-
nected video cameras and databases have made it easier to control
large populations, the internet also provides a decentralized, ac-
cessible communications medium that allows anyone to exchange
ideas, opinions, pictures of torture victims, and much more. As
web sites like Youtube and wikileaks.org continue to erode offi-
cial credibility, governments worldwide are reacting predictably.
Former AT&T technician Mark Klein has revealed
that the NSA is intercepting voice and internet communica-
tions for nearly all US residents (1). Klein described a special
NSA-only room at the AT&T facility in San Francisco, where
all through traffic, even within the US, is collected for analysis.
Abroad, the situation is even worse. The "Great Fire-
wall of China" restricts Chinese internet access to govern-
ment-approved web sites only. In 2004 Yahoo ratted out activist
Shi Tao to Chinese authorities, who arrested Shi for revealing
information about the Tiananmen Square massacre and sen-
tenced him to ten years in prison (2). Other examples abound.
Fortunately, there is a way to combat such repression.
Tor, short for "The onion router," is a distributed network of serv-
ers which anonymizes internet traffic. The servers are operated
by volunteers all over the world. Tor users can access the internet
without revealing their real IP address to web sites, or letting their
ISP know which sites they visit. Tor works by routing connections
through multiple nodes, each of which only knows the previous
node and next node in the route. Exit nodes send traffic to its final
destination. Traffic is encrypted within the Tor cloud and decrypt-
ed at the exit nodes.
However, Tor is not yet a perfect solution. For one thing,
Tor connections are slow. This is partly due to their circuitous na-
ture, but mostly there are just not enough servers to handle the
load. Worse, there have been reports of attackers operating exit
nodes and capturing traffic as it leaves the Tor cloud (3). While this
attack will not expose IP addresses, the captured data may contain
identifying information. The current scarcity of servers means that
such an attack could collect a significant fraction of total Tor traffic.
In order to make Tor more secure and usable, more
people are needed to run servers. Instructions and downloads
can be found at www.torproject.org. While installing Tor soft-
ware is not difficult, one should read the instructions carefully.
1. blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/11/att-whistle-blo.html
2. www.rsf.org/article.php?id_article=14884 3. www.smh.com.au/
news/security/the-hack-of-the-year/2007/11/12/1194766589522.html
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You Can Kill Us, But You Can't Kill
the Idea: Remembering Haymarket
By Laila M.
120 years ago, on November 11, 1887, August Spies,
Albert Parsons, George Engel and Adolph Fischer, four of
the eight anarchists who were framed for throwing a bomb
in Haymarket Square, were hung at the gallows in Chicago.
On May 4th, 1886, a mass meeting at Haymarket Square,
Chicago, was called to address an incident of police brutality in
which police assaulted and killed striking workers the day before.
As the assembly died down, the police showed up demanding that
they disperse. The speaker answered by saying that they were almost
finished. A bomb was thrown into the crowd of police, killing one
officer. The police responded by firing into the crowd, killing sev-
eral, including some of their own men, and wounding many others.
In the following days eight anarchists who had been
leaders of the movement for the eight-hour work day were
rounded up and accused of the bomb throwing, though the
only one of them that was actually present at the time was
the speaker, Samuel Fielden. Although there was no evi-
dence against them, all but Oscar Neebe, who received a sen-
tence of fifteen years in prison, were condemned to death.
On November 10th, 1887, Louis Lingg, who was to be
hung the following day, committed suicide in prison, keeping his
promise that the state would not take his life. Parsons, Spies, En-
gel and Fischer were executed the next day, November 11th, af-
ter refusing to plead clemency for a crime they did not commit.
Samuel Fielden, and Michael Schwab, who were to be executed
at a later date, and Oscar Neebe were released in 1893 when Gov-
ernor John P. Altgeld pardoned the Haymarket Eight, acknowl-
edging that they had been given an unfair trial and were innocent.
Anarchists, immigrants and labor organizers were con-
stantly being persecuted for their ideas and this is why these eight
men were accused and convicted when there was no evidence
linking them to the bomb at all. State repression of radicals has been
an ongoing struggle, as they disappear, deport, and murder those of
us who resist. The Haymarket episode was 120 years ago; Sacco
and Vanzetti were executed 80 years ago; today, what has changed?

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