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by Jeanne Gallo

The United States government maintains the largest immigration detention system in the world. This barbaric practice did not begin with Donald Trump, though he has magnified its cruelty to extremes. Over the last four decades, US lawmakers have helped create a multi-billion-dollar industry for the incarceration of immigrants. Forty years ago, this system did not exist. Why are people from Central America seeking asylum here? Their answer: “We are here because you were there.”

Protests swept the US last week in response to the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general Qassem Suleimani by the warmongering Trump administration. In Massachusetts, some 500 demonstrators marched in Boston on Saturday Jan. 4th and 300 gathered in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Thursday Jan. 9th to demand that the US stop threats and attacks on Iran, end sanctions, pull its troops out of Iraq and engage in diplomacy rather than aggression to resolve differences in the Middle East. These were two out of 11 actions that took place in communities across the Commonwealth. At least 375 protests involving more than 20,000 people erupted throughout the country, according to MoveOn.org.

Working at the Casa del Refugiado

December 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

For most of November I worked as a short-term volunteer at the Casa del Refugiado, the House of the Refugee, located near the border in El Paso, Texas. I worked in hospitality taking care of the many needs of our endless stream of guests who needed …

Bernie Sanders for President in 2020

December 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Massachusetts Peace Action proudly announces its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for President and vows to work hard for his victory in the Massachusetts March 3 Democratic primary and beyond. “In a crowded Democratic field, Senator Sanders is the leading voice for a foreign policy based …

Originally published in Truthout Latin America’s groundbreaking experiment in 21st century socialism has suffered another devastating setback with the recent right-wing coup which ousted President Evo Morales of Bolivia, who was democratically elected for a fourth term in October, when he defeated his right-wing challenger 47 percent …

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