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Biden’s First 100 Days: The New Terrain

February 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

by Cole Harrison and Jackie King After a tumultuous year of global pandemic, economic crisis, racial justice protests, and a violent insurrectionary attempt to overturn the American presidential election, President Biden’s first days in office offer some reason for hope. Progressives should be proud of …

Demilitarize the Police, Abolish the 1033 Program

February 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Mass. Peace Action supports this key Black Alliance for Peace demand to the Biden Administration   by Rosemary Kean Ajamu Baraka, the national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), describes the Biden administration’s plan to “alter” the 1033 program as “an affront.” This …

The Cambridge Police Department Should Demilitarize

February 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

In the wake of nationwide protests last year of police violence against communities of color, some municipalities in Massachusetts have begun to tackle police reform. Two Cambridge city councilors, Quinton Zondervan and Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, have led hearings about militarization of the city’s police department. The …

Massachusetts Moves to Change its Racist State Flag

February 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

by David Detmold   After 36 years of delay, the Massachusetts legislature has finally taken a significant step toward changing the racist, insulting imagery and wording of the state’s flag and seal. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law on January 11 that paves …

by Shaghayegh Christine Rostampour and Maryellen Kurkulos   Nearly four years after 122 countries voted in its favor at the United Nations, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law on Friday January 22, 2021. The treaty makes nuclear weapons illegal …

by Brian Garvey   In his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden on Feb. 4 declared his commitment to “end the war in Yemen,” which he called a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.” The president announced that the US would stop assisting all “offensive …

Why a War in Yemen?

February 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

by Mary L. Wentworth and Yoav Elinevsky   The Saudis decided to enter an ongoing civil war in Yemen in 2015 for several reasons. The two countries share a long border at the southern end of their peninsula. The length of this border is matched …

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