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Paul Street - The Empire's New Clothes

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 6:30 p.m. Radical author and historian  Paul Street speaks about his new book: The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power. Paul is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago. He is the author of four books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); and (most recently) Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.

Cochabamba Climate Summit - Boston Interactive Workshop

April 20, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Join organizers and activists in Cochabamba, Bolivia and New York City for a live interactive conversation as part of the Climate and Mother Earth Rights conference (hosted by the people of Bolivia).  This global interaction is part of the Cochabamba Expanded conversation organized by May First/People Link.

 

Medea Benjamin: Growing the Peace Movement

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in the Middle East and the bloated Pentagon budget are sucking billions of tax dollars that should be spent on health, education, jobs and the environment. Yet under Obama, the peace movement has lost its steam. What strategies can be effective to rebuild the peace movement? Where can we find new allies? What are the most effective tactics we can use?

Recent Experiences in Gaza: Discussion over Dinner

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a talk and photo presentation with economist, Garry (ommiting last name for security purposes), who has just returned from Gaza. Dinner catered by MESA sin fronteras.*

What is the current political and socio-economic situation in the Gaza Strip? What were the transformative points in the conflict's history? And what is the role of international aid agencies? Garry will be sharing his thoughts and experiences with a photo presentation in an informal Q&A setting open to discussion.

For the past three years, Garry has been working as an economist on poverty-, vulnerability-, and labor-market- related issues in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in various organizations. Recently he completed his first assignment in the Gaza Strip for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. More generally, as a social scientist, Garry studies dynamic complexity and change in social systems.

A Night of Music to Benefit Witness for Peace

Friday, March 5, 2010, 8:00 p.m. [Updated flyers attached] Join Paul Baker Hernandez (from Nicaragua), Sergio Reyes, Dave Scandurra & The Excited People, The Grass Gypsys.

Paul Baker Hernandez - Eco-Minstrel performing Songs of Loveliness and Courage

Paul has invaded Queen Elizabeth II’s private castle heading a posse of bishops and other church leaders protesting nuclear weapons, confronted popes with protest songs for global justice, joined Hollywood stars on Central American picket lines in Los Angeles, and helped fight off death squads attacking Salvadoran exiles right in the heart of the USA.

He now lives in Nicaragua where he has founded Echoes of Silence, a network of “artists with broken nails” who support community health, education, ecological and cultural projects, and with whom he continues to write irreverent songs about cell phones, dictators, Starbucks, and more.

Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia...Not In Our Name!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 7:00 p.m. "My name is Martha Lucia Giraldo Villano and I was born on June 22, 1978 in Cauca, Colombia. I am the daughter of José Orlando Giraldo, a small-scale farmer who was the victim of an extrajudicial killing by the National Army. In my country, there have been many extrajudicial killings that are also categorized as false positives (the killing of innocent civilians to pass them off as guerrillas killed in combat within the context of Colombia's armed conflict). The execution of my father is an example of a 'false-positive' murder."

"I am part of the Victims of State Crimes Movement. Along with other victims, we work together on organizing and training in order to demand our rights to truth, justice and reparation."

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!

The Guatemalan Dream: Fair Trade & Fair Politics

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Omar Mejia, co founder of Café Conciencia and filmmaker Willy Barreno, will present their work creating economic development and awareness by weaving a network of community run cooperatives in Guatemala, the Guatemalan migrant
community in the United States and the American consumer who is interested in Fair-Trade and Organic principles. They will speak about connections with rural and indigenous communities who will self-preserve and grow by having equal access to food, shelter, employment and education. We are invested in the hopes that Guatemala’s producer community and U.S. market will cultivate a relationship that generates a sustainable and dignified way of life so that immigration in exchange for food is not the only option.

This event is organized by the Boston Interpreters Collective.

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!

The Global Economic Crisis: from North to South

Venezuelan scholar-diplomat Escalona discusses crisis w/ a stellar panel of economists

Friday, June 12, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Venezuela's Adjunct Ambassador to the United Nations and economist Julio Escalona returns to e5 to address the global economic crisis and preview the upcoming UN Assembly's Special Session on the crisis. Joining the conversation are Richard Freeman (Harvard's National Bureau of Economic Research), Julie Matthaei (Wellesley College) and Arthur MacEwan (UMass Boston).

Program details to follow. See attachments below for the flyer and details of the UN conference; click to read the speaker bios.

Iran: the Key to Understanding U.S. Policy in the Middle East

New England United Meeting

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join with presenter, Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender and author of In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey Through the Islamic Republic" to hear his eyewitness account of his travel to Iran and an analysis of the critical role Iran plays in US foreign policy. His presentation will be followed by a meeting of New England United.

May Day: Victory in El Salvador! with CISPES

Friday, May 1st, 2009, 8:00 p.m. till late Join our friends from the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) in celebrating the elections recently held in El Salvador.

Free & Fair? A Firsthand Account of the January '09 Salvadoran Elections


Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Official election observer provides firsthand testimony on the outcome and events surrounding the historic 2009 Salvadoran elections--the best chance for the left to take power in El Salvador since the 1992 Peace Accords. This event is organized by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.

Noam Chomsky Looks at the Elections, the Economy & the World

Thank you for attending the event with Noam Chomsky; over 800 people attended the sold-out presentation. 

The program book is online for download. An audio recording by the sound engineer, Freeman Z, is available below.