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The Hub Public Bank – An Alternative Democratic Economic Vision

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. The City of Boston has $1.2 billion on deposit with the nefarious Bank of America, US Trust (a subsidiary of Bank of America) and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Why should “too big to fail banks” who brought about the economic collapse of 2008 continue to be depositories for our public money? There is an alternative – depositing our public money in a public bank owned by the people of Boston.

The Speaker DSA member Nancy Goldner will introduce the concept of a public bank as a transformative pathway toward a more democratic, accountable and community oriented use of our public money. She is also a member of the Pubic Bank Working Group whose mission it is to establish the Hub Public Bank.

 

BBLS: Equal Exchange Chocolate Tasting (and more)

Brown Bag Lunch Series presents
Molly Zeff, Equal Exchange

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, 1-2pm

Molly Zeff is a Community Sales Rep and Co-Owner at Equal Exchange, the largest Fair Trade co-operative in the United States. Molly will be speaking about how Fair Trade benefits low-income farmers and their communities across the globe, how Fair Trade coffee is better for the environment than conventionally grown coffee, and how congregations, schools, cafes, store, and individuals have spread the Fair Trade movement through Equal Exchange's programs. She will provide Fair Trade chocolate and dried fruit - some of the best you've ever tasted - as samples throughout the presentation, and will lead a professional chocolate tasting as well.

Discussion and Q&A to follow. Lunch snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Bernard & Ness: From Occupy to Workers Control

Friday, January 20, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Join Immanuel Ness and Elaine Bernard for a panel discussion on From Occupy to Workers Control sponsored by the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series and hosted by encuentro 5.

The Occupy Movement is taking new and exciting steps as it continues to reshape political possibilities (such as reclaiming foreclosed homes).

The discussion of how to organize a society that represents the interests and aspirations of the 99% is a debate that is being held across Occupy sites. What would it mean to really take the Occupy Movement into the workplace? Into the heart of the economic system itself? And how to do it?

All of those invited to speak at this event contributed to a recent Haymarket Book "Ours to Master and to Own."

Alperovitz: America Beyond Capitalism

When they say, "there's no alternative..."

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 6:00 p.m.  As discontent with the economic and political status quo mounts in the wake of the “great recession”, America Beyond Capitalism is a book whose time has come. Gar Alperovitz’s expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society. Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States.

July 23rd - Cooperativity for Accessibility Party!

Outdoorsy House Party to support
wheelchair
accessibility at e5.

Saturday, July 23rd, 3-8pm

28 School Lane
Watertown, MA 02742
(Off Mt. Auburn St. Close to Tufts Health Plan)
Suggested Donation: $20-$50
(Includes 1st meal + drink)

Cooperativity: a phenomenon that runs in our blood and yet is denied in our society.

We invite you to an afternoon of spirit and games to raise funds for wheelchair accessibility at e5! Share an afternoon with friends, music, food and cooperative games! We will be sharing and learning games that highlight cooperativy over competition as we kick back and enjoy the day. Yes, we wish to raise funds, but also to expand the tribe and have fun, so bring your friends! If you can also bring an item of (non-meat) food or drink, that will be much appreciated (please let us know beforehand).

Raúl Zibechi: Dispersing Power

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join Uruguayan activist-intellectual and journalist, Raúl Zibechi, for a wide-ranging conversation about social movements and social change. The point of departure is his latest work, Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces. It considers the largely indigenous social movements organizing in El Alto, Bolivia that both brought Evo Morales to state power and continue their challenges to the state. This event is co-sponsored with Boston Bolivarianos, the Global Economic Alternatives Network and the journal Socialism and Democracy.

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.

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.

MESA sin fronteras (Table without Borders)

* New community club/coffeehouse at e5 invites you for a warm gathering! *

Sunday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. Good food, music, and dynamite documentaries from around the rebellious globe. We will explore some 20th century US propaganda through cartoons and magazine advertisements and counter-images of resistance art of the time. (It was also rumoured there will be a mini chess tournament...) Relax, enjoy the evening, make new connections for the new year, and support MESA's last stretch before the opening in January. This gathering will be a mini-fundraiser, with dinner plates at a sliding scale donation of $7 - $12 and drinks at $2-$3. Come join us!  Last time at MESA's... (read more).

Training for Transition

How to Launch a Transition Town/Transition Initiative in Your Community

Saturday & Sunday, November 21 - 22, 2009, Starting at 9:00 a.m. The Transition Network and Transition US (www.transitionus.org) are offering the two-day Training for Transition course as developed by Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks of the Transition Network in Totnes, England (www.transitiontowns.org). The course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community. It meets the training requirement for local initiating groups to become an internationally-recognized Transition Town.

Patricia Hernandez: “Autonomous Education” from Chiapas to Mexico City – Urban-Zapatista Links

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us for a discussion of popular education in Zapatista indigenous communities and the role of urban academics as resources in constructing an autonomous education system.

Patricia Hernández, a sociologist specializing in education & gender, has worked since 2001 with indigenous communities to develop their primary and secondary schools, following a model of "autonomous education." She worked intensively with indigenous teachers—called "education promoters" (promoter@s)—to develop the secondary school for indigenous children living in the Zona Selva Tzeltal. Local leaders, who oversaw the project, wanted the community's demands for land, food, peace, justice and democracy to serve as the content for classes on history, language and mathematics.

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.

The Need for Real Economic Alternatives

An Evening with Marco Berlinguer

Friday, November 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m.Join us to discuss the current crises and concrete work being done to build effective global alternatives to the winner-take-all economy. The evening will provide an update on preparations for the world social forum 2009 activities connecting the labor movement with the global solidarity economic movement. Light snacks and a wine & cheese-style reception follows.