On the occasion on encuentro 5's 5th anniversary dinner, honoree Paul Shannon reviewed the incredible year that began in North Africa.
I think that at events like this it’s good for us to remember how lucky we are to have had this opportunity to work together with so many wonderful people over the years: to engage with each other both as colleagues and even as friends. I know Howard Zinn used to talk about this, and as usual, he was right. What a privilege to have been fellow travelers with people from different generations who long for worldwide human community and an end to socially created human suffering. Of course we have to deal with each others craziness. But who else would you want to hang out with? I know it’s something that has enriched my life in a way I never expected and I feel very fortunate about the whole thing.
On the occasion of encuentro 5's 5th anniversary dinner, honoree Sergio Reyes challenged his audience to think about the society we want to build in place of our current one. He provided a "5-minute" list!
- A society free from racism
- A society free from sexism and homophobia
- A society free from ageism
- A society free from religious or non-religious discrimination
- A society free from ethnic discrimination
- A society without borders
Saturday, December 10th, 2011;
7:00 p.m. Food, 8:00 p.m. Live Music
Sharing music, arte y amor the 2nd Saturday/each month @ e5
Join the circle of songs and stories to honor the distinctive voice and legacy of one of Latin America's beloved musicians, Mercedes Sosa. Rooted in Argentine folk music, Mercedes' invincible sounds of justice crossed beyond borders so that she was known as a woman who "didn't have any type of barrier or any type of fear that limited her." On Dec. 10th, hear her recordings and live modern renditions by local peñero/as and bring your own story, song, poem, or artwork to share...
When they say, "there's no alternative..."
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 6:00 p.m. As discontent with the economic and political status quo mounts in the wake of the “great recession”, America Beyond Capitalism is a book whose time has come. Gar Alperovitz’s expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society. Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States.
Saturday, November 12th, 2011; 7:00 p.m. Food, 8:00 p.m.Sharing live music, arte y amor the 2nd Saturday/each month @ e5
ENTRY: $5 + food, refreshments
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m. More than just bloody turf wars between competing cartels, the current conflict in Mexico is shaped by free trade agreements, the rise and fall of political parties, massive amounts of US military funding and a voracious appetite for drugs north of the border. Macrina will draw on her experience, formerly as the Legislative Coordinator of the Mexico Solidarity Network and currently with the Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Mexico, to unpack this complex situation.
Photos by doridinoto (OpenMediaBoston's photostream)
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join filmmaker Jason Glaser for a conversation about agricultural workers and Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua. For more information, see the website of the La Isla Foundation.
Postponed due to emergency street closing.
NEW DATE: Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00 p.m. - Food, 8:00 p.m. - Live Music
Suggested Donation: $5
Join as as we absorb the stories and sounds of the Foundation Movement's OPTiMUS, one of the Boston underground's most trusted revolutionary emcees. Repping Liberia, an array of special guests will be present to back Op as he lights up the 6th monthly Peña Rebelde. OPTiMUS will be joined by his partner-in-rhyme, the other half of the Foundation Movement, EROC for some pieces as well. And as always, peñeros are invited to bring story and song to share. Wear your best Afrikan-inspired garment & adornments.
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 6:00 p.m. The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and the Boston Recycling Coalition (BRC- an emerging campaign between community, environmental and worker groups in Boston to dramatically improve the recycling system in Boston) co-host a gathering of inspiring grassroots waste/recycling movement leaders from around the world. Following a panel, there will be a wide-ranging discussion between local recycling workers, international guests and members of the Boston community interested in improving dismal conditions in Boston's waste/recycling sector. Come join us! This event is organized by the Boston Recycling Coalition.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. A wave of revolt is sweeping the world. In North Africa, uprisings topple dictators; in China, mass strikes defy repression; in Wisconsin, workers occupy the capitol building for weeks; and as European capitalism plunges deeper into crisis, workers and youth are responding with general strikes, mass occupations, and powerful protests. Meanwhile, the super-rich demand even more tax cuts, budget cuts, and layoffs. But a growing majority in Europe are declaring “We won’t pay for your crisis!"
Saturday, September 10th, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Come share your energies at the 5th monthly Peña Rebelde, a gathering of souls in verse and rebellion. Gabrilla Ballard, a recent transplant to Boston from New Orleans, will share her singer-songwriter creations.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Join organizers Jeff Crosby and Carly McClain in a conversation about the Workers Center for Economic Justice organized by the North Shore Labor Council and the New Lynn Coalition. The coalition’s mission is to organize all sectors of working class people in the region into a unified permanent, political and economic force that is union and non-union and transcends racial, linguistic, ethnic, citizenship and gender boundaries. Together the organizations within the New Lynn Coalition are identifying goals for regional development which revolve around social and ecological needs and concerns and where there is a renewed sense of the public role in social welfare.