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Rebel Journalist: John Ross

A Story of Mexico City

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Join renowned journalist John Ross for an evening connecting the people of Latin America and the United States... Nor ordinary scribe, Ross’ writing and presentations blend beat generation poetry with magical realist prose all while rooted in concrete social struggles and real politics... Ross leaves his audiences inspired to action and craving social change...

MayDay Movie Festival Week

April 25th to April 30th, 2010 (At encuentro 5, Lucy Parson's Center, & Haley House) Leading up to the MayDay 2010 rallies and marches, join us across the city for six days of movies and discussion on the topics of workers' struggle, immigration, history, political analysis, and alternatives. Featuring an exhibit of Justice Artwork at encuentro 5 from local worker-run cooperative Red Sun Press!

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Indigenous Virtue – Beyond Green Capitalism

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Join Victor Wallis and Sylvia Escarcega in a discussion concerning the potential political and ethical contributions of indigenous thought and social movements to building alternatives to capitalism. Victor's paper, "Beyond 'Green Capitalism'" recently published in Monthly Review (61:9, February, 2010) provides a starting point for the conversation. In it, he notes the connection between the present economic recession, the crisis-ridden character of capitalist economy and the ecological limits to the capitalist growth model. But he goes on to observe that most of the world is still caught up in capitalist institutions and does not yet recognize the link between socialism and ecologically appropriate responses. He finds hope and examples in the Global South, insurgent socialism and indigenous resistance. Of the latter, he writes, "they express, more completely than any other demographic group, the common survival interest of humanity as a whole." Victor then traces how indigenous values may be connected to the "vast learning process... that revolution has always entailed." In doing so, Victor connects these values with on-the-ground practices while also addressing the international relations dimension.

Victor is editor of "Socialism and Democracy" and teaches political science at Berkelee School of Music. Sylvia teaches Latin American & Latino Studies at De Paul University.

The event is free and open to all interested members of the progressive community.

Workers Rights with Steve Early, Dorotea Manuela & Camilo Viveiros

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m. In the face of a deepening economic crisis and continuing brutal raids on immigrant workers and their communities, this event brings together union workers, immigrant organizers and community activists. It is part of the campaign by the Boston May Day Committee and its affiliates to unite workers across sector and borders. Join the conversation and help build toward May Day 2010!

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Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots

Venezuela Speaks! coverThursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. While Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez continues to capture headlines, a much larger story involving a wider cast of characters has gone largely ignored. Venezuela Speaks!, published by PM Press, is a collection of interviews with activists and participants from across Venezuela’s social movements. From community media to land reform, cooperatives to communal councils, from the labor movement to the Afro-Venezuelan network, Venezuela Speaks! sheds light on the complex realities within the Bolivarian Revolution.

Steve Early: Embedded with Organized Labor

with Elaine Bernard & Rand Wilson

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Join Steve Early, author of Embedded with Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home. Find out more about:

  • Workers and the economic crisis
  • The fight for health care reform
  • The fate of "Employee Free Choice"
  • Current struggles for union democracy and rank-and-file control
  • The future of national labor federations like Change to Win and AFL-CIO

Steve will address his critique of organized labor, using examples from his book, propose his vision and what American workers can do to get out from under the terrible economic and political institutional constraints they endure.

Trade Union Leaders from Haiti & Guadalupe

Monday, July 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Come welcomeleaders of the Haitian and Guadeloupan trade union movement to Boston. Meet Elie Domata, General Secretary of the General Union of Workers of Guadeloupe, and Fignolé Saint Cyr, General Secretary of the Autonomous Confederation of Haitian Workers.

This event is sponsored by Chelsea Uniting Against the War/Chelsea Uniéndose en Contra de la Guerra and endorsed by the Bolivarian Circle of Boston, the Boston May Day Committee, Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition, Mass Global Action, Proyecto Hondureño, and United for Justice with Peace.

Jimmy Higgins - A Life in the Labor Movement

Saturday, October 4, 2008, 4:00 pm A new play by Harlan Baker, directed by Christopher Price. The name "Jimmy Higgins" has for generations stood for the name of the rank-and-file union and socialist activist.  Harlan Baker's one-man play personifies Jimmy Higgins, whom he plays himself, and takes us on an engaging and inspiring tour through the history of the American labor movement. The event is organized by DSA and tickets may be bought in advance from their website.

Unions & Politics: Making the Right Choice

A Discussion with Michael Schippani

Thursday, September 4, 2008, 7:00 p.m. A leading researcher who worked for the United Auto Workers, Michael Schippani is also a long-time labor organizer and thinker about economics and workers' rights. A BC graduate, Schappani currently serves on a Michigan Workforce Development Board and has served Governors Dukakis and Cuomo on labor policy. This event kicks of the "Labor Leads Conversations" hosted by Massachusetts Global Action.