Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco's Housing Wars sticky icon

Presentation by Author James Tracy and City Life/Vida Urbana's Lisa Owens-Pinto

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, James Tracy excavates that history, exploring the battle for urban space public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running. Lisa Owens-Pinto of Boston's City Life/Vida Urbana will discuss her organization's and communities' pioneering work at keeping residents in their homes and challenging the big banks in an era of corporate globalization and gentrification. RSVP for the event and invite friends on Facebook.

December's Peña!

celebrating 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights & International Migrants Day'
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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.

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

Solidarity with the Ayotzinapa 43

Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks

The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory with author Penny Lewis

Saturday, November 22, 2014, Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. MIT Building 6 - 120, 77 Mass. Ave, Cambridge Introduction by Antonio “Tony” Molina, President of the Puerto Rican Veteran Monument Square Association, Boston, MA.

Even today the prevalent view of the anti-Vietnam War movement is that it was comprised mostly of young, liberal, affluent upper-middle class white males, energetic and courageous college students and elite intellectuals - the “Doves.” Those who supported the war were seen to be mostly white, blue-collar workers, members of the labor movement, working-class students, veterans and active duty military. Penny Lewis challenges this view and offers to audiences the "counter-memory" of a diverse, cross-class opposition to the war. According to Lewis, the tradition view “contains only half-truths, and overall it is a falsehood. The notion that liberal elites dominated the antiwar movement has served to obfuscate a more complex story. Working-class opposition to the war was significantly more widespread than is remembered, and parts of the movement found roots in working-class communities and politics.”
Co-sponsors include: Mass. Global Action, The William Joiner Center UMASS-Boston, Chelsea United Against the War, Veterans for Peace & Massachusetts Peace Action.

November's Peña!

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 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.

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

A Ukrainian tablecloth, a pair of boots, a faded newspaper

Stories of Ukraine from my grandmother and her grandmother

Opens October 8, 2014, Ongoing Exhibition What is the historical context of the current crisis?  How do political and economic interests affect the keyplayers involved? What roles do culture and language play in the conflict? How would potential resolutions affect the people of (what's left of) Ukraine? And most importantly, what would my Ukrainian grandmother have thought about all this?

In the main hall of encuentro5, an exhibit is unfolding of familial and cultural artifacts, photographs, videos, books, maps, and stories. Visitors are invited to explore some of the historical pivots and present-day nuances of this multifaceted crisis through a varied display of articles that were passed down from my grandmother or collected from journeys across Ukraine over the past decade.

The exhibit's collection will gradually expand and culminate into a multi-media presentation that will span the life-story of my Ukrainian grandmother, Natasha (whose name means hope), and consider some of the more controversial topics underpinning recent events in Ukraine. Presentation will be followed by discussion (date TBD).

Land & Freedom: Talking Food Systems - Screening & Discussion with Filmaker

Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Visiting local gardens, farmers markets, and other fresh produce projects in San Diego’s diverse urban neighborhoods, Land & Freedom speaks with folks that are taking advantage of the city’s reformed urban agriculture ordinances. Residents are finding alternatives to a food system that has historically distressed low ­income communities, eating healthier with produce they’ve grown themselves, using community gardens like they would use parks, and displaying respect for the neighborhoods they live in. Still, many people continue to struggle with the lack of affordable fresh produce readily available within neighborhoods and other resources to improve their lives. www.talkingfoodsystems.org

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: Brian Myers, a video producer with the Media Arts Center San Diego, works with underserved communities to document the voice of local community members for the Speak City Heights multimedia collaborative. As a media justice activist he works on a variety of independent media projects for community groups, such as May Day Workers Film Festival, and other organizations focused on social justice.

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Peña - Indigenous Peoples' Day

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Organized around the theme of Indigenous Peoples' Day and celebrating the Global South

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.

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

India's First Muslims with Zubair Hudawi

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Malabar, on the coast of Kerala was on the trade route from the time immemorial. Arab traders brought with them the teachings of Islam for the first time to India on this coast. Mappilas or Muslims of Malabar are the first Muslims of India, a mixture of Arab and Indian blood.

Under the patronage of Zamorin, the Hindu rulers of Calicut, Muslims grew in numbers and prospered with their own unique religious, literary, and cultural traditions.

Peña - Grito de Lares e Independecia Latinoamericana

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Organized around the theme of Latin American independence and Grito de Lares (Puerto Rico).

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.

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

Sacco and Vanzetti Remembered

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - Gathering, Boston Common, 3:00 p.m. - March, 4:00 p.m. - Rally, North End (details below) The 87th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti will be remembered. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants and committed anarchists whose trial is regarded as one of the great miscarriages of justice in American history. Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate in the ninth annual march and rally.

We will begin by gathering at the Boston Common Visitors Center (Tremont and West, Boston) at 2PM, followed by a march to the North End at 3PM, and conclude with a rally at 4PM at the Paul Revere Mall at 416 Hanover Street and will feature a number of speakers and live music at both locations.

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.

 

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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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