Peña latinoamericana - June - East Boston

featuring ReynaLiz Herrera

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @TecsChange (Eastie Workshop), 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA. Just blocks from the Maverick & Airport stops on the Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible - Join us for the second of the re-launched peña series. Bring any and all of your instruments and add your voice to the event.

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

Jobs for All - featuring Marguerite Rosenthal

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m. The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948 states, in part that “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…, to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.”

The struggle in the U.S. for a full employment economy has been a long one, hampered by policy “trade-offs” that accept high unemployment as an antidote to inflation, and that privilege the profits of the few over the well-being of the many. One of the current battlefields in the struggle center around US Representative John Conyers' office in relation to his bill, HR 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. (So far, Jim McGovern is the only member of the Mass. delegation to endorse the bill.)

Mass. Global Action and the encuentro 5 community stand with our fellow Boston residents!

As we reach out to our friends and neighbors seeking assurance that everyone is safe, Mass. Global Action and encuentro5 express our shock and grief at the horrific bombing visited upon our city. We reject this act of violence and remain steadfast in seeking the peaceful resolution of all conflicts.



Peña latinoamericana - May 11, 2013 - East Boston

NEW DATE! 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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @TecsChange (Eastie Workshop), 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA Accessible from Maverick T Stop - Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible

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 under a brutally repressive regime. Though they exist throughout the Spanish-speaking world, they came into fashion in Latin America with the Nueva Trova musical movement that ran in tandem with the revolutions of the day. In some places the term 'tertulia' is used, where in English we don't have an equivalent word. (Open Mic implies a certain formality and performance that doesn't quite fit this atmosphere.)

Peñer@s are encouraged to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. Please bring your songs, bring your verse, in whatever language or on whatever instrument.

Each peña hosted by e5 will be dedicated to the great tradition of someone who fought with the instrument of song and the spirit that defied borders. Please accompany us at our events with live music and ample nylon-string guitars.

RSVP for the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

$5 suggested donation. No one turned away. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided | No alcohol on premises

South Africa - One Year after Marikana

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. [NOTE - Date change] (at e5) Things are changing at rapid pace in South Africa. In the year since Marikana, the labor movement is embroiled in a fierce struggle over its ties to the Revolutionary Alliance; two new parties (one to the right, AGANG, and a more populist one, Economic Freedom Fighters, have emerged, in addition, of course, to the Workers and Socialist Party--WASP --which formed in the immediate aftermath of Marikana; the nation as a whole is finally contemplating the post-Mandela future (along with re-assessing his legacy); the ruling party seems torn between international puppet masters but the grassroots struggles that defined post-Apartheid South Africa continue apace. We will examine these developments in August, one year after the Marikana massacre.

By way of background, please check out the following short articles that address these topics:

An encuentro 5 and Mass. Global Action coordinator, Suren Moodliar, will share his observations based on his April visit to South Africa. The talk will include an update on the Marikana inquiries. He will then sketch out the different strategies being implemented that nation's diverse and changing progressive left. It will consider quiet opposition within the ruling party and former national liberation movement (the African National Congress), the faultlines within the labor movement, the burgeoning grassroots social movements challenging the state, and new political formations seeking to reconstruct the entire left. Each approach is described with a view to identifying the strengths and challenge of each approach.

CANCELLED: A Conversation with Richard Seymour, Author of "Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens"

A note from Richard: "I'm sorry to anyone who is disappointed, but all businesses are shut down and public transport is closed. Until the other killer is caught, I'm not even able to really leave the house. It's especially unfortunate, because there is an urgent need for a response to this that tackles Islamophobia, and the clash-of-civs narrative that the likes of Hitchens have promoted."

Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  @ encuentro 5 - 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02108 (note location change to e5)

Update: Because the original venue was located within the crime scene at Copley, the event has been moved to encuentro 5.

In light of the attack and the highly racialized response from some of the media, we would like to offer this event as a place to for people to freely discuss the attack on Boston along with the original subject matter. Hitchens' notorious echo of "turn tragedy into war," following the September 11th attacks provides a strong negative lesson. Let's bring our minds and hearts together to discuss how we could create a positive one.

Presentation and Q&A with author Richard Seymour

On Friday April 19th, join Richard Seymour, one of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals and principal contributor to the popular blog, Lenin's Tomb, for a discussion of his recent book, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

In his younger years, a career-minded socialist, Hitchens emerged from the smoke of 9/11 a neoconservative “Marxist,” an advocate of America's invasion of Iraq filled with passionate intensity. Throughout his life, he played the role of universal gadfly, whose commitment to the truth transcended the party line as well as received wisdom. But how much of this was imposture? In this highly critical study, Richard Seymour casts a cold eye over the career of the “Hitch” to uncover an intellectual trajectory determined by expediency and a fetish for power, which is also a cautionary tale for our times.

This event is free and open to the public. See Facebook Event Page.

RICHARD SEYMOUR: One of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals, Richard is the principal contributor to Lenin's Tomb (, one of the UK's most popular blogs. A regular columnist for the Guardian, Seymour is also the author four books, most recently "American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism" (Haymarket 2012) and "Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens" (Verso 2013). He is a founding member of the International Socialist Network.

Video: Andrew Kliman on Capitalist Production

Thanks to Doug Greene for helping organize this event under the auspices of the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture. Visit the event description here.

Video: Peter Van Delft on the Labor Movement

Thanks to Doug Greene for helping organize this event under the auspices of the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture (together with Mass. Global Action and the Downtown Workers Center and for recording this video. Visit the event description here.

Art Sale for Cuban Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Nelson Da Costa is an Angolan artist and war refugee who lived and studied in Cuba for 18 years. Part of that time was spent at the Anton Makarenko School which was recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy. To help his former school, Nelson is doing a special one night sale of some of his works. Proceeds beyond his expenses will go to the school.

Nelson emigrated to the United State in 2002 and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2008 at  Tufts University and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Boston.  

Andrew Kliman on the Failure of Capitalist Production

Friday, March 15th, 2013, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Economist Andrew Kliman will make a rare Boston appearance to discuss his book "The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession" (Pluto 2012). Many analyses of the Great Recession have been put forward from theories of unregulated finance, to Neoliberalism, to rising inequality. Kliman's book is the first to put forward, based on in-depth empirical analysis of US data, that Marx's theory of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall can explain these events. This talk will also present some of Kliman's most recent work on the contentious issues of wages and inequality.

Kliman's conclusions have immediate political implications. Short of a socialist transformation the only way to escape the 'new normal' of stagnation is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of the value of existing capital assets, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930's.

Forty Years in the Labor Movement

Lessons from Organizer and Strategist Peter Van Delft

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m. At no previous point in its history has the situation of the labor movement been more dire. At the same time, new waves of immigrant and community organizing and the rise of middle-class activism may signal renewal for the movement that brought dignity to millions of workers. This event helps as look forward by first looking back on Peter's 4 decades of service to the labor movement.

About Peter: A longtime activist and a third-generation socialist, Peter Van Delft has spent more than forty years in the labor movement. Following World War II he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in Anthropology and where he was involved in activities leading to increased admissions and support for low income and students of color.

Until his retirement Peter was a Vice President of New York based, 30,000 member, District 65. Earlier, he had been a member of the National Maritime Union and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

The Other Elections - Democratic Triumph in Venezuela

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, October 7, 2012, months of intense campaigning throughout Venezuela culminated in a massive turnout at the polls, with more than 80% participation, and a decisive 11-point margin of victory for incumbent president, Hugo Chavez. The Boston Martin Luther King, Jr. Bolivarian Circle will host Omar Sierra, the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston, and two local Venezuelan activists in a conversation about the election outcomes and what they indicate for democracy, economic development and the socialist path that voters endorsed.

The event takes place at encuentro 5 (in its new location right by the Park Street T stop and the Orpheum Theatre) at 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2a, Boston, MA 02108 [Directions: - note Google Maps yields an incorrect location, for now, please use this link to locate e5]

Thank You to Everyone for Lending a Hand

What e5 residents are saying about the transition and the new site:

... "the newness is refreshing" ... "change is good!"... "solidarity and staying together" .... "new site is beautiful" ... "we are like family" ... "coming together in a beautiful way" ... "the new space is like home" ... "fresh opportunities" ... "excellent location"..."exciting to have a new start"... "teamwork!" ... "such a good feeling in here, good energy" ... "develop collaborative relationships" ... "sharing more space will build stronger bonds"... "it's so pretty in here"... "a fruitful transition towards a more long-term situation"...

As we settle in and get back into the groove of things, we'd like to take a moment to share a heartfelt thank you for everyone's help in the move! We will be posting more updates shortly regarding the operations of the new space, as well as the plans for seeking a longer term situation that meets our criteria for accessibility, centrality, space, and cost. 

Becoming a sustainer or making a donation helps lay the foundation for rebuilding our projects and envisioning the future of encuentro5. Thanks again and e5 onwards!

Richard Levins on Dialectics (MIT)

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. MIT Bldg 56 - Rm 114 Dialectics is a way of dealing with complexity and change in the natural and social sciences. Harvard School of Public Health Professor Richard Levins is an ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist. He has engaged in activist and theoretical struggles for Puerto Rican independence, against wars and imperialism, for ecological agriculture in Cuba and against reductionism in science.

e5's Bowl-a-thon!

Date: TBA
Location: Central Park Lanes, 10 Saratoga St. East Boston

How? It’s very simple! Pick up or download a pledge sheet. Start asking friends for $5-$10 (tax-deductible donations). Join or create a bowling team of 4-5 people. Raise at least $40 per person to roll with us and then… show up, win prizes, and have some fun!

Why now? encuentro5 has been providing a progressive movement building space for over 6 years. It is home to over 10 resident organizations addressing a wide range of social issues, provides a public venue for a diversity of events, & presents dynamic talks & cultural activities on an ongoing basis.

e5 is now transitioning into a new location and needs to raise urgent funds! Show your support by signing up to help keep the ball rolling for e5!

For more info, call: Alisa, 617-401-6240, or Sarah, 617-401-5730 or send an email to

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Howard Zinn, 1922 – 2010

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