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Celebrating Our Shared African Heritage & International Women's Day

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 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.
International Women's Day has been celebrated since in the early 1900's, a time of great industrial expansion and social upheaval, accompanied by the rise of radical ideologies.
This year we would like to honor Palestinian women in their struggle and resilience as they face very difficult and harsh conditions due to occupation where Palestinian women have faced the policy of collective punishment and the siege imposed by the IOF. Gaza has been transformed into a mass prison for its 1.5 million Palestinian residents who have been denied their right to freedom of movement and basic daily needs.
In today's world, continued vigilance and action are required to ensure that women's equality is advanced in all aspects of life. Advances have been made but the challenges lie ahead:

  • 2/3 of all working hours in the world are performed by women who earn only 10% of the world's income.
  • 1.4 billion women live under an income of $ 1.25 a day.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967

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An Attempt to Recover the Remains of a Chilean Internationalist Killed in Action in El Salvador

Saturday, February 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Sergio Mancilla was a Chilean exile in Panamá, who joined the Nicaraguan revolution in 1980. Together with a small contingent of young Chileans, members of MAPU (a Chilean revolutionary organization), he joined the revolution in El Salvador in 1981. Months after his arrival in El Salvador, he was killed by the US-backed military. Until recently, his story and his memory were fading away, reduced to the sum of speculations. His friends and comrades helped recover his story—our revolutionary history—sharing the recollections of friends, comrades, relatives and a brave contribution from his widow. This collective effort is now available as a digital book in Spanish. 

By the end of March, a small group of friends, including Sergio Reyes from Boston, will go to El Salvador in search of his remains. 

This fundraising event details the project and provides a context for the many internationalists from Chile and others countries who offered their lives during El Salvador’s revolutionary war. 
To recover Sergio Mancilla’s remains, we need your support. 

Click here to download the flyer.

February's Peña!

Celebrating Our Shared African Heritage

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 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.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967

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.

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

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.

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.

OPTIONAL: RSVP & invite friends on Facebook

 

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.

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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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