Saturday, April 30, 2011, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join Global Potential, Centro Presente, the Student Immigrant Movement and El Movimiento on Stand Against Racism Day for an evening activities to showcase their youth projects.
Accessibility Challenge at Transitional Site:
In the process of finding a new location for encuentro5 during an unreasonably short time period, e5 transition members combed through the Downtown/Chinatown area, as well as neighboring areas, for a space that met its criteria, which included wheelchair accessibility.
With the help of several brokers and real estate agents, we explored a number of spaces that all fell short one way or another. Pressed for time and in consultation with allies in the disability community, we agreed to a space that was not currently wheelchair accessible strictly as a temporary, transitional site.
We reaffirm our commitment to equal access by (1) looking into the possibility of modifying the new location for accessibility and (2) planning on scouting out a new site within two years for a longer term property that is wheelchair accessible if modifications cannot be readily achieved.
Friday, May 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Join author Dan Rasmussen for a discussion of the largest American slave uprisng and its suppressed history. Speaking to his book, American Uprising, Dan will tell a story that reveals the strategic and intellectual creativity of a multinational slave population in rebellion.
Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Join documentarians Michael Fox and Sílvia Leindecker for the Boston premiere of their latest work, Crossing the Crises: From Collapse to Action - a new feature-length documentary into the heart of the economic crisis. Here's their summary: On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day, we set out on a trip around the country to ask the “American” people what they had to say about it. In 2010, we went back to see how things had changed. The financial forecasters say the recession is over, but the reality is otherwise.
Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Thaayrohyadi of the Council of Otomi Toltec Elders and Wisdom Keepers and founder of the International Indigenous University, is an elder and a traditional healer who travels internationally offering teachings and ceremonies in the ways of his ancestors. He is on the “Pilgrimage to the Four Directions for the Healing of Mother Earth” in preparation for the “8000 Sacred Drums for Peace” healing ceremony to take place at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya, Mexico on the Spring Equinox of 2011. The intention is to build a global movement and network that will result in having 8000 drums beating simultaneously around the world on the Spring Equinox of 2012. According to Otomi Prophecy, this will create a vibration that will heal the planet and its people.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, 7pm to 10pm
Potluck & dance party (featuring DJ Carlos Rosales) & fundraiser for Chuck Turner to help retire his debt from financing his district office. Chuck’s done so much for us - let’s be there for him Saturday! Kids welcome too.
Chuck’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25, so come give Chuck some last minute support!
Please also write a letter to Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock, asking that Chuck be put on probation in order to continue his work in Boston rather than spend time in prison. You can send both check and support letter to Chuck Turner, 63 Beech Glen Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.
Economic Crisis, Unending War, Rightwing Resurgence
Location: 75 Pleasant Street, Arlington
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
5:30pm Reception - 6:30pm Main Event - 8:15pm Break-Out Groups
Noam Chomsky and Phyllis Bennis will discuss the current wars and the forces driving them. They will also examine pathways out of the quagmire and into a more just and peaceful world. Following their conversation, there will be time for brief comments and questions from the audience and then a break-out session for brainstorming on how to mobilize the peace movement.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011, 4pm to late
This year marks THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)!
Since 1980 the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador has fought unjust US military and political intervention alongside the successful and inspirational Salvadoran movement for justice and self-determination.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 8:00pm
Art Exhibits with Tango Milonga - Artwork and dance commingle in the opening exhibits of two featured artists. Vivacious movement arches the soul and bold canvases engage rhythm and light while Tango performers take the floor and offer basic lessons in a passionate, music-filled reception fusing brush strokes and dance notes.
Carlos Mora-Ninci - Evocative oils and acrylics connect the global community with textured struggles of rural Argentina and Cordoba Province. Each brush stroke refracts stories from the mountains and their people. Sinewy, tortured, and even broken landscapes speak to majesty and turmoil. Artist will join event direct from his studio in Cordoba via video conference.
Klara L'ashenko - Captivating and original graphic design challenge the textures of time and tradition with a daring and refreshing irreverence for realism. Landscapes and mood enter a vortex of creativity in a collection of works inspired from photos taken in India, Greece, and Peru. Artist present.
Reception with snacks & beverages, exhibits and dance lessons. Free admission. Donations welcome.
Saturday, December 18th, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to late.
con·sil·i·ence n. the linking together and sharing of methods, principles, and knowledges from different disciplines, the process of concurring, literally, "to jump together."
Join us for a festival of e5 communities coming together. Live music from beloved musicians: Gabrilla Ballard, Rafael Medina, Simon Rios, Sergio Reyes, and eRoc of the Foundation Movement. Sure to be an evening of people's power to rock the halls. Give meaning to people-to-people solidarity with contacts with Venezuela's grassroots movements, partake in Venezuelan cuisine, and enjoy a plethora of game tournaments. As we reflect on the extraordinary history of encuentro 5 and look forward at future developments in movement-building, please join us to support our efforts towards financial sustainability.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, NEW TIME - 6:30 p.m. Author and activist Steve Fake brings the story of Darfur and the global competition for African resources to encuentro 5. Here's how Tolu Jegede describes the book, The Scramble for Africa: Darfur-Intervention and the USA: "Fake and Funk’s take on the Darfur crisis is a welcome change from the media’s narrow analysis. Instead of focusing primarily on human-interest stories, Fake and Funk place the crisis in a larger context, showing readers a complicated intersection of politics and history. Armed with sources, they provide examples showing Washington’s apathy toward the crisis." For more information and to order the book, visit ScrambleForAfrica.org.
New Event Date to be Announced Soon
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join organizer and writer Grace Ross for a conversation about her recently released book, Main St. $marts. Here's bold and democratic declaration that informs the book:
We the regular people who make up Main St. are absolutely smart enough to understand what’s going on.
In addition, we are smart enough to carry out our birthright: to be the deciders, to be the government by and for us.
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Come hear about the social ventures that Global Potential leaders have created since they returned from their 45 days in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Nicaragua this summer 2010! Play drums like you are in the Bateys of the Dominican Republic. Participate in a yoga session. Paint a mural. Watch and learn how to dance capoera. Watch award-winning documentaries made by GP youth. Listen and create your own slam poetry. Donation: $7 (door)