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Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m. This event examines the prospects of the World Social Forum as a relevant actor in "making another world possible!" Topics include the relationship between the forum and political movements, the recent experiences in Tunis, and the challenges as the Forum moves to Montreal in 2016. This event features Thomas Ponniah whose edited volume, Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum, has just been republished (June 2015) and is being distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Additional speakers will be added to program.

Recent Land & Labor Struggles in South India

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. V. Sandhya, president of the Progressive Organization of Women (POW), reflects on land and labor struggles in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh (A.P) and Telengana. Sandhya started her activism in her teens as a student organizer for Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) in Telangana. She became the President of POW in 1988 and has since held that position. POW has had tens of thousands of members in A.P and Telangana. POW has led several struggles for womens rights and empowerment. It has worked against violence against women and in particular women from oppressed castes and class. It has worked against displacement of people from their land and livelihood in the name of development. POW has also worked with slum dwellers, workers in beedi (home made cigarettes) factories, coal mines, construction, agriculture and domestic workers. It has worked with civil rights organizations against police brutality and torture.

July Peña with Rafael Medina

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. RSVP on Facebook or just show up!

May Peña: Our Global Working Class Movement!

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. RSVP on Facebook or just show up!

Songs of Freedom - A Perfomance

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Joining us from Bern, Switzerland, and fresh from performances at the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. After their appearance here, Mat will open the James Connolly Festival in Dublin in May. Mat is the editor of “Songs of Freedom” (PM Press). It is a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist martyred by the British for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. These are the original Songs of Freedom, published in 1907, the Connolly Souvenir program, published in 1919, and the James Connolly Songbook, published in 1972. There are introductory remarks by Connolly's great­grandson, James Connolly Heron, a biographical sketch by Theo Dorgan and a note about the making of the current book by Mat Callahan. Books and CDs will be on sale.

Workers' Struggle in India: An Update

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Workers in India have been under increasing attack since the intensification of liberalization, privatization, and globalization policies. Successive governments, in the last few decades, have been flouting the existing labor laws and repealing minimal legal protection. Workers employed in the unorganized sector constitute more than 90% of the total workforce of 487 million in India. Contract workers in both the organized and unorganized sectors are the most vulnerable. The talk will focus on a few of the workers struggles and their achievements in the face of increased repression. Padma Balasubramanian and Pratyush Bharati  

Co-sponsored by:

Massachusetts Global Action & Boston May Day Committee

April's Peña - Pachamama

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes since time immemorial. She is also known as the earth/time mother. A healthy environment is a basic right of all the Earth's inhabitants. It took just a little time to reaffirm this Right by the Rio declaration (UN 1992).
Environmental justice advocates have shown that this is no accident, but a statistical fact: Poor communities are routinely targeted to host facilities that have negative environmental impacts - say, a landfill, dirty industrial plant or truck depot. The statistics provide clear evidence of what the movement rightly calls "environmental racism."
From South Bronx to Soweto, from Penang to El Paso, communities all over the world are finding commonality in their experiences and goals in seeking environmental justice to address climate change, acid rain, drought, floats, mega storms and hurricanes. These effects on their lives and livelihood point in the same direction: environmental health is a global issue that concerns all nations of the world.

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.

March's Peña!

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

Another Politics with Chris Dixon

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m. "When I read Chris Dixon’s Another Politics, I realized that he had staged, recorded, and analyzed many more insightful conversations with contemporary radical activists than I could have imagined. This book not only allows the reader to feel a part of these conversations about radical movements of today, it also helps us to identify key points of convergence and possible future directions for social justice movements in our part of the world." —Angela Y. Davis

Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming” from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, he delivers an engaging presentation of the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles.

Dixon outlines the work of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the lessons they are learning in their efforts to create social transformation. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.

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.

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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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