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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!

Visit BostonMayDay.org for more information 

Viva Palestina! Reportback & New England United Meeting

Saturday, August 1, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace will report back on the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy which reached Gaza on July 15. (Read Jeff's reports from Gaza) The New England United business meeting will follow at 1:45 p.m Please join us: Iraq's Prime Minister admitted that US troops may be asked to stay beyond 2011. The expansion of the war into Pakistan has displaced millions of civilians and deepened the possibility of civil war. The troop surge in Afghanistan is creating only more opposition to the US presence. We will come together to discuss fall antiwar action proposals and need your input!

Viene El Cambio! El Salvador 2009 Victory Tour

Monday, July 13, 2009, 6:30 p.m. On June 1st President Mauricio Funes of the FMLN took office, bringing El Salvador into a growing community of Latin American nations seeking to chart their own, independent economic and political course.

Boston CISPES - Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador - proudly presents Breny Massiel Herrera, long-time member of the FMLN and leader of the FMLN Women's Secretariat, who will discuss the platform, plans, and strategy of the new FMLN government...And what WE can do in the U.S. to support the strengthening of REAL democracy in El Salvador!

US Health Care – Moving the Debate Left

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Please join the Radical Education Project for a screening of Salud" (the documentary on Cuba's health system) followed by a discussion of how the left can intervene in the current health debate in the US to promote the ideas that health care is a human right; that health should not be a commodity; and that a healthy society would mean a lot more than universal access to a doctor.

SIM: Dream Act Community Meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Student leaders from across the country are organizing to create momentum around the Dream Act, on June 3rd-5th SIM leaders from Massachusetts will be traveling to Washington DC to meet with another 500 leaders of immigrant communities from all around the country. They will be also lobbying their congressman/woman on the Dream Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Before their departure to DC, Student Immigrant Movement leaders will host a "Dream Act Community Meeting" to have a discussion about the strategy and current situation of the bill nationally. It will be a space for students, educators, community leaders and parents to connect.

MPA: Peace Organizing in a New Era

Saturday, February 7, 2009, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. As the Obama Administration takes office, the peace movement has both new opportunities to seize and growing crises to confront. Join us to discuss emerging peace priorities, from stopping a military escalation in Afghanistan to finally advancing a nuclear weapons free world. Let's gather together, share insights, inspiration, and action ideas, and strengthen our movement for peace. For more information, visit the Mass Peace Action website or click on "read more."

A Majority Agenda for Our Times

Final Event Video by Mark Quevillon

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 6:30 - 8:50 p.m. Major economic, environmental and global security crises are upon us! They demand our movements’ full engagement. At the same time, majorities of the public support the effective solutions to these crises being offered by our social movements: a single-payer universal health care system; bring all the troops home; a stimulus package based on investing in the lives and economic security of our people; debt relief to homeowners and families; and confronting climate change head-on, renewable energy and green jobs.