June 9th: Peña Rebelde

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Saturday, June 9th, 8pm to late Join the folklore, the storytelling, the arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Local and intergalactic musicians. Live music and soul. Bring your stories and poems, we'll offer the mic. Suggested Donation: $5 at door

Celebrating Shena Carvajal (1928-2012)
Feautured Guest at e5's first Peña in May 2010, dedicated to Violeta Parra

  On memorial day I want to remember the soldiers of peace,
  the ones that fought to make this world a better place,
  the ones that were strong in the face of adversity,
  the ones that gave their lives to the cause of justice,
  in the simplest of details, everyday, silent examples of human responsibility …

Truth and Revolution: Michael Staudenmaier on the Sojourner Truth Organization

On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, Michael Staudemier added his analysis of the Sojourner Truth Organization to the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series of #OccupyBoston's Free School University. This video was provided by the event organizer, Doug Greene. Click on "read more" below for more the 2nd part of this presentation.

Campaign Kickoff: Budget for All Referendum

Calling All Peace & Social Justice Activists!

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Now is the time to join together with 24 labor, peace, housing and community groups across the state to put our message before the public this election year. Place the “Budget for All” referendum question on the ballot in Massachusetts this November: “Troops home from Afghanistan now; Reduce the Military Budget; No cuts to Social Security, Housing assistance, Medicaid; Invest in Jobs and Renewable energy; tax large corporations”

We need you to help collect signatures to place the referendum on the ballot in your state representative district. Here’s something we can all do together.

For Information call Paul Shannon at AFSC: 617-661-6130 ext. 123


This Saturday May 5th ! Encuentros Musicale5 with Manuel Santos

Manuel Santos & Bambule play LIVE!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
8pm to late

Suggested Donation: $10-$5

"Un amigo del vivir antes que nada, de la creacion y de la interpretacion, con un mensaje personal, rescatando el recuerdo de poemas y canciones
de conciencia y tradicion, despertando el sentimiento y la sencibilidad.

A friend of life above all, of creativity and performance with a personal message,
rescuing the memories of poems and song, conscience and tradition,
awakening feelings and sensibility...

Este es un desarrollo poetico que busca cantar el patrimonio de nuestros pueblos.
donde la tierra (la "PachaMama") y el pan amanecen cotidianos y generosos.

This is a poetic endeavor that attempts to express the patrimony of our people in song, where the earth ( "Pachamama" ) and the bread rise each dawn in abundance and generosity.

Getting Ready for May Day 2012

Dorotea Manuela from the Boston May Day Committee and a comrade kick off the poster-making session for this Tuesday's May Day actions.

The Global Teach In

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. - The Global Teach-In will take place simultaneously in seven countries and multiple cities. This interactive and participatory event will include discussions by experts, grassroots activists and citizens at large concerned about developing solutions to policy problems and creating alternative institutions.  

Featuring - Gar Alperovitz, Ellen Brown, Pamela Brown, Nicholas Caleb, Colin Hines, Oscar Kjellberg, Bill McKibben

From Boston: Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance) and Paul Shannon (Majority Agenda Project)

Austria: Vienna - Canada: Kelowna, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario - South Africa: Durban - Sweden: Stockholm - United Kingdom: Birmingham, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England - United States Ann Arbor, Michigan; Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; Chicago, Illinois; Madison, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Olympia, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Washington, DC - Venezuela: Caracas

RSVP: On Facebook

Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine

Thursday, March 29th, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lillian Holloway MD grew up in West Philadelphia. She worked as a certified nursing assistant before deciding to go to medical school. She graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine, Havana, Cuba in 2009. She is currently a resident in Family Practice and an MPH candidate at University of Illinois Hospitals in Chicago.

Peña Rebelde: Honrando Afro-Latinas en Boston

Saturday, March 31st, 2012, 7pm to late Join us for live music, poetry, spoken word, open mic and much, much more. Celebrating International Women's Day with Peña flavor. Featuring:

Women in Action:
Reflections of Our Struggles

Photography by Taína Vargas

Cultural/Ethnic Food and Beverages Available
Suggested Donation: $5
For more info, contact Dorotea: 617-922-5744 or Antonieta: 917-981-1625


Why the Colombian Student Movement is Winning!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m. For decades, Colombia has been mired in violent conflicts. Government-aligned paramilitary death squads have conducted thousands of assassinations and disappearances targeting trade unionists and farmers. Despite the bloody assault on human rights, Colombia has seen increasing levels of mass mobilizations such as the recent general strike and marches that brought to the streets millions of Colombians called by MANE (the Broad National Student Table). As a result the government was forced to withdraw the Washington-designed draft to the Higher Education Reform Act (Act 30 of 1992).

Zinn Lecture Series: Egyptian Revolution

Carl Finamore on the Arab Spring

Friday, March 23rd, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Carl Finamore, a leading journalist will present a first hand report about Egypt since the beginning of the revolution.

The revolution one year ago toppled the Israeli-American backed dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak. But Mubarak has been replaced by an American-Israeli backed military dictatorship. This regime is openly hostile to the rights of women, to the desires of youth oppositionists, and to the needs of millions of impoverished workers – all evidence the basic issues remain unresolved, just as the basic power structure remains intact.

PR: Student Strike!

An Evening with Gamelyn Oduardo - A Strike Organizer

Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening with Gamelyn Oduardo. Last spring, students at the University of Puerto Rico waged a militant, ten-month strike fending off devastating cuts, tuition hikes, and privatization schemes. As a strike leader and law student, Oduardo served on the student coordinating committee for the strike at the Rio Piedras campus in the united effort to defend students against the attacks on public education. He is coming to share his experiences and draw from the Boston occupy movement as we defend our rights and communities. 

Peña Rebelde Presente: Jason Berube

Saturday, February 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Peñero Simon speaks: Coming in for our 9th monthly Peña Rebelde, straight from Outerspace via Mesoamerica via Somerville, Mass., is Jason Berube. A jack-of-all-trades--singer-songwriter, Mayan glyph card reader, muralist, and 3rd generation roofer--Jason has been blessing the Boston music and activist culture with his energy since the very first days of Encuentro 5 and far beyond. Jason's circus talents, entwined with his love of love and the revolution, will make this one more peña to be inspired by...Listen to this interview with Simon Rios (may take a minute to load below).

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HZ - Presente

Howard Zinn, 1922 – 2010

MAY 15, 2010, 2:00 P.M.
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