Commit Universities to Peace – An International Appeal

Reject Research for the Military

The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibiity has issued an international appeal, "To the heads of universities and responsible academic bodies" to build peace. It is part of a global movement to explicitly commit scientific research to peaceful purposes. One model is that provided by the German Civil Clause movement that reaches out to academics and students and that may provide a model for engaging their US counterparts. To explore this issue with Mass. Global Action, please feel free to call us 888-400-1225 or send an email to info < at > massglobalaction < dot > org.

The Hub Public Bank – An Alternative Democratic Economic Vision

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. The City of Boston has $1.2 billion on deposit with the nefarious Bank of America, US Trust (a subsidiary of Bank of America) and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Why should “too big to fail banks” who brought about the economic collapse of 2008 continue to be depositories for our public money? There is an alternative – depositing our public money in a public bank owned by the people of Boston.

The Speaker DSA member Nancy Goldner will introduce the concept of a public bank as a transformative pathway toward a more democratic, accountable and community oriented use of our public money. She is also a member of the Pubic Bank Working Group whose mission it is to establish the Hub Public Bank.

 

BBLS: Equal Exchange Chocolate Tasting (and more)

Brown Bag Lunch Series presents
Molly Zeff, Equal Exchange

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, 1-2pm

Molly Zeff is a Community Sales Rep and Co-Owner at Equal Exchange, the largest Fair Trade co-operative in the United States. Molly will be speaking about how Fair Trade benefits low-income farmers and their communities across the globe, how Fair Trade coffee is better for the environment than conventionally grown coffee, and how congregations, schools, cafes, store, and individuals have spread the Fair Trade movement through Equal Exchange's programs. She will provide Fair Trade chocolate and dried fruit - some of the best you've ever tasted - as samples throughout the presentation, and will lead a professional chocolate tasting as well.

Discussion and Q&A to follow. Lunch snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

1/25 Activist Ball@Spontaneous Celebrations

encuentro5 and OB-R/CAMP invite you to an event of action - get up on your feed and DANCE action! with our host committee John BergAlexandra Piñeros-ShieldsChris Faraone, Luis Edgardo Cotto, Robin Jacks, and Nadeem Mazen. For more information and to save your place, visit the Activist Ball's website.

 

See Alex Papali of the Green Justice Coalition

Visit our UStream.TV channel for the Brown Bag Lunch presentation by Alex Papali of Clean Water Action and the Green Justice Coalition. For links to other videos, please see our Video Links Page.

Peña Independencia5 CentroAmericana - September - East Boston

Saturday, September 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @ TecsChange Organized around the theme of Central American independence.

Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share.

Join us at 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA. Just blocks from the Maverick & Airport stops on the Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible - Bring any and all of your instruments and add your voice to the event.

Soft drinks and refreshments served. $5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Mass Pirates Cryptoparty

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m, This afternoon, we're going to focus on a piece of software called PGP ("Pretty Good Privacy"), which is commonly used for encrypting email. This will be a hands-on workshop; our goal is to help you set up PGP on your laptop, and get your hands dirty using it.  PGP Encryption is an excellent way to prevent folks (like our friends at the NSA) from snooping on your email, and we want to teach you how to encrypt!

To get the most benefit from this workshop, you'll want to bring a laptop, and download PGP software in advance.

 - If you're running Windows, download GPG4win from http://gpg4win.org/download.html.

 - If you're running MacOS, download GPG Tools from https://gpgtools.org/.

 - If you're running Linux, use your distribution's package manager to install GPG, GPA, and a mail reader that supports PGP (such as Evolution, Claws Mail, or Thunderbird + Enigmail)

We'll show you how to generate keys, upload them to a keyserver, sign each other keys, and encrypt/decrypt files.

This is a free workshop

Peña latinoamericana - August - East Boston

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @ TecsChange Organized around the theme of Latin American independence.

Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share.

Join us at 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA. Just blocks from the Maverick & Airport stops on the Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible - Bring any and all of your instruments and add your voice to the event.

Soft drinks and refreshments served. $5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Outside the Textbook: Science & Social Change - A Community Conversation

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Join an MIT historian of science, Abha Sur, as she takes us beyond the textbook account of science. Drawing on her own research and analyses, insights from Richard Levins and others, Abha untangles two critical approaches to the traditional story of science via a participatory conversation. e5 is excited to host this conversation which takes science as an ally in social change while subjecting its history to rigorous scrutiny: "Textbook versions of the history of modern science as a triumphant victory of the European Man over nature have been challenged simultaneously by two related yet different impulses. A number of recent studies have shown the ways in which race, gender, caste, and class influence scientific knowledge, while others have illustrated the extensive influence of Afroasiatic knowledge systems in the development of modern science.

Peña latinoamericana - July - Independence! - East Boston

featuring Manuel Santos, Carlos Suarez and other guest performers.

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @ TecsChange Organized around the theme of Latin American independence.

Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share.

Join us at 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA. Just blocks from the Maverick & Airport stops on the Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible - Bring any and all of your instruments and add your voice to the event.

Soft drinks and refreshments served. $5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Imperiled Life with Javier Sethness-Castro

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Join writer Javier Sethness-Castro in a discussion of his book, Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe. Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as well as on the possibilities of overcoming disaster.

Javier Sethness-Castro presents the grim news from contemporary climatologists while providing a reconstructive vision inspired by anarchist intellectual traditions and promoting critical thought as a means of changing our historical trajectory. For a recent overview of Javier's argument, see his essay at CounterPunch.org marking our planet's crossing of the 400 ppm atmospheric carbon concentration levels.

Books, light refreshments available on site. Use Facebook to iInvite your friends to this event.

Peña latinoamericana - June - East Boston

featuring ReynaLiz Herrera

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @TecsChange (Eastie Workshop), 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA. Just blocks from the Maverick & Airport stops on the Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible - Join us for the second of the re-launched peña series. Bring any and all of your instruments and add your voice to the event.

Soft drinks and refreshments served. $5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Jobs for All - featuring Marguerite Rosenthal

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m. The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948 states, in part that “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…, to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.”

The struggle in the U.S. for a full employment economy has been a long one, hampered by policy “trade-offs” that accept high unemployment as an antidote to inflation, and that privilege the profits of the few over the well-being of the many. One of the current battlefields in the struggle center around US Representative John Conyers' office in relation to his bill, HR 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. (So far, Jim McGovern is the only member of the Mass. delegation to endorse the bill.)

Mass. Global Action and the encuentro 5 community stand with our fellow Boston residents!

As we reach out to our friends and neighbors seeking assurance that everyone is safe, Mass. Global Action and encuentro5 express our shock and grief at the horrific bombing visited upon our city. We reject this act of violence and remain steadfast in seeking the peaceful resolution of all conflicts.

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Peña latinoamericana - May 11, 2013 - East Boston

NEW DATE! Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @TecsChange (Eastie Workshop), 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA Accessible from Maverick T Stop - Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork under a brutally repressive regime. Though they exist throughout the Spanish-speaking world, they came into fashion in Latin America with the Nueva Trova musical movement that ran in tandem with the revolutions of the day. In some places the term 'tertulia' is used, where in English we don't have an equivalent word. (Open Mic implies a certain formality and performance that doesn't quite fit this atmosphere.)

Peñer@s are encouraged to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. Please bring your songs, bring your verse, in whatever language or on whatever instrument.

Each peña hosted by e5 will be dedicated to the great tradition of someone who fought with the instrument of song and the spirit that defied borders. Please accompany us at our events with live music and ample nylon-string guitars.

RSVP for the event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/404779402952770/

$5 suggested donation. No one turned away. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided | No alcohol on premises

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Howard Zinn, 1922 – 2010

A PEOPLE'S CELEBRATION OF HOWARD ZINN
MAY 15, 2010, 2:00 P.M.
OLD SOUTH CHURCH
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