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Felix Arroyo
Boston City Councilor

 

Kathy Casavant

former Secretary-Treasurer,  Mass AFL-CIO

 

Jackie Cefola

Nonprofit Center Program Coordinator

Third Sector New England

 

Noam Chomsky

Author & Linguist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Joseph Gerson

Program Director

American Friends Service Committee

 

David Himmelstein

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Co-founder,  Physicians for a National Health Program

 

Richard Krushnic

Boston Department of Affordable Housing

City of Boston

 

Dorotea Manuela

Co-Chair

Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition

 

Betsy Rueda Gynn

President, Community Church of Boston

Operations Director, The City School

 

Chuck Turner

Boston City Councilor

 

Ellen Wallace

Attorney at Law

 

Stephanie Woolhandler

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Co-founder,  Physicians for a National Health Program

 


 

 

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Yes, it happens in cyberspace too! Like physical spaces, websites sometime run out of capacity. So we're in transition: we are readying a new website, while keeping this one operative until everything is moved over and the back end of the new website matches our needs. For directions, previous events, etc. please use this website. To preview the new website-in-progress, click here. The new site will have the same address as this one.

 


Play:

Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho

featuring Jerry Levy, directed by Michael Fox Kennedy

Saturday, May 31, 2008, 8:00 p.m.  Imagine all Karl Marx would have to say after one hundred years of just being able to watch! This is a joint benefit organized by the Stop the Wars Coalition and the Socialist Party USA. Tickets are available at the door. There is a $10 - 20 sliding scale donation.

To download the flyer click here



 

Recent events... .


Lecture:

Michael Löwy: The Global Justice Movement & Eco-socialism

Friday, May 2, 2008, 7:00 p.m. 

 

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Live in Concert!

Bolivian Nueva Cancion Pioneer, Manuel Monroy
May Day, 2008, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
The history of Manuel "Papirri" Monroy is one marked by the study of music, creativity, and cultural work. While he is definitely in the category of musicians of the "new song" movement from Latin America, his poetry and music escape some of the conventionalism of the movement. Manuel initiated his musical career playing classic guitar, but later on composed his own songs and became famous at various social song festivals. In 1980, under the dictatorship of General Garcia Meza he was forced to go into exile in Mexico and was able to return to Bolivia only in 1984. There is a $10 donation to support the Boston May Day Coalition.

 


Discussion:

Global Alternatives: The South African Experience
Challenging Corporate Globalization with Patrick Bond

April 30, 2008, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. 


General Meeting:

New England United: Regional Meeting

February 10, 2008, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Planning for next year's mass actions and antiwar conference. Representatives from all 6 states of New England plan to attend.

For more information, visit NewEnglandUnited.org


Annual Meeting:

Mass Peace Action: Annual Meeting

February 9, 2008, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  All are invited - great speakers - peace movement strategy - planning - community building - food - & more! Details coming soon.

For more information, visit MassPeaceAction.org


ELP Regional NetworkTraining Meeting:

Environmental Leadership Program

February 8, 2008, 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.  This is a training meeting for ELP's Greater Boston Regional Network.

For more information, visit  the ELP website

 


Discussion:

Global Finance Capital w/Richard Peet

February 2, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  As global financial markets come unhinged, as people lose their homes and livelihoods, as the cost of war escalates, as workers and borders cross one another, it is time to think about the economic system that structures our choices and determines much of our life chances...

 

Join renowned scholar and economic geographer Richard Peet as he helps navigate this often hidden world. An informed and rigorous thinker, Peet is also a charismatic and trenchant critic of the rule of capital.

Download the flyer here

 


General Meeting:

Winter Soldiers & the War

January 19, 2008, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  This is an educational event organized by the Stop the Wars Coalition. It reviews the Winter Soldier campaign organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War. The event also identifies ways that the individuals can plug into the antiwar movement.

For more information, visit the Stop the Wars Coalition website


Fundraiser:

IWW Solidarity Benefit

January 19, 2008, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Five workers from Top City Produce in New York City were recently fired from their jobs. The “Gang of Five” – Osvaldo, Mario, Diego, Esau, and Carlos – have been some of the strongest and most active members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) since they joined the union almost two years ago. After one of the workers was suspended, the other four approached the boss in an attempt to discuss the situation. On Monday morning, the boss told them all to wait outside and then never allowed them back in. They continue to be locked out.

Before joining the union, Top City workers consistently pulled 72-hour weeks with no overtime and no benefits. Conditions improved once the shop went union. Workers filed a lawsuit against Top City for wage violations and negotiated a contract with the boss. They were waiting for the boss to sign the contract when they were fired without warning on Monday. Suggested donation for the benefit: $10

For further information, call 617-625-9070, send an email, or visit the IWW.

 


Internal Meeting:

Chinese Progressive Association

January 15, 2008, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  This is an internal meeting.


Workshop:

International Migrants' Day

December 18, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00 Join the Boston May Day Coalition, the National Lawyers Guild, Centro Presente, AFSC-Project Voice, LUMA, and the Jobs with Justice Workers Rights Committee in asking, "Why Haven't the United States and the European Union Signed the International Convention to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families?"

Visit the Boston May Day Coalition  Download the flyer

 


Party:

AIDG 3rd Annual Holiday Party

December 16, 2007, 4:00- 7:00 p.m.  Join the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group for its 3rd Annual Holiday Party.

 

Visit AIDG's Website


Changing Venezuela: The History and Policies of the Chavez GovernmentAnnual e5 Lecture:

Changing Venezuela
By Taking Power

with Author Greg Wilpert

December 15, 2007, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Author presentation and reception. Book description: "Since coming to power in 1998, the Chávez government has inspired both fierce internal debate, and horror amongst Western governments accustomed to counting on an obeisant regime in the oil-rich state. In this rich and resourceful study, Greg Wilpert exposes the self-serving logic behind much middle-class opposition to Venezuela's elected leader, and explains the real reason for their alarm. He argues that the Chávez government has instituted one of the world's most progressive constitutions, but warns that it has yet to overcome the dangerous specters of the country's past: its culture of patronage and clientelism, its corruption, and its support for personality cults, all fuelled by the attention and interference of a succession of US administrations."

For more information, e-mail e5      Visit the event Website     Buy tickets online


Celebration:

Asian Task Force

December 8, 2007, 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. Winter Celebration (details to follow)

ATASK's website

 


Meeting:

Jericho Boston: Solidarity with Political Prisoners

December 2, 2007, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Public meeting.

Information to follow

 


General Meeting:

Antiwar Briefing and Update

December 1, 2007, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  The Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition is organizing an update on the war, the state of our movement and previews the actions to come!.

For more information, visit StopTheWars.org


Annual Meeting:

Asian American Resource Workshop

December 1, 2007, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Member meeting.

For more information, visit AARW


Meeting:

Constitutional Reform in Venezuela

November 15 (& 27), 2007, 6:30 p.m.  Description: The Constitutional reform proposal has been presented by President Chavez, the National Assembly, and the People through consultations throughout the country. This reform will be implemented if the majority of the voters vote "YES" in the next referendum on Dec ember 2nd in Venezuela. The Bolivarian Circle of Boston is offering two workshops to discuss the changes that are being proposed. We are inviting all those that are interested in getting information on the proposed changes to the Constitution, to participate in these workshops.

For more information, send an e-mail to Jorge Marin


Fundraiser:

Readying the Second Year: e5 fundraiser

November 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.  Join members of the extended e5 community and resident organizations as we look ahead through our second year and plan significant changes. Program consists of a short documentary video, presentations and a wine & cheese-style reception.

For more information, send an e-mail to e5


Meeting:

New England United: General Assembly

November 11, 2007, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. New England United meets to review October 27, 2007, action and discuss future plans.

See the New England United website for updates


Organizing:

Poster-making Party for October 27 Action

October 26, 2007, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Student Walkout & Workers Sickout Coalition is organizing a poster making party with Spoken Word, Poetry and Drums!

See the Stop the Wars Coalition website for Updates


Reception:

Celebrating Our Action: Post March & Rally Reception

October 27, 2007, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Reception details to follow.

See the Stop the Wars Coalition website for Updates


Meeting:

NEFAC

October 13 & 14, 2007, 8:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Internal meeting


Meeting:

Organizing for October 27 Antiwar Demonstration

October 14, 2007, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. New England United meets to continue organizing toward the regional demonstration planned for Saturday, October 27, 2007, on Boston Common. The nationwide UFPJ event is co-sponsored by Massachusetts Global Action and the Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition.

See the New England United website for updates


Screening:

Premiere del documental “Marchas por la Amnistía” en Boston

Octubre 10, 6:30 p.m.  “Marchas por la Amnistía” es un documental producido independientemente por Alcides Vidal. El video cubre los esfuerzos hechos desde el año 1999 hasta mayo del 2007, desde la perspectiva del activismo pro-immigrante desplegado desde Massachusetts. El productor señala, si “usted ha participado de estas marchas, usted es el actor principal” y asi es, porque cada persona que ha entregado su tiempo y su esfuerzo es el actor principal en esta lucha cuyo triunfo parece a momentos estar cerca, para luego alejarse y propinar un golpe a las esperanzas.


Clean Up:

Clean-up & Renovation: e5

September 23 & 24, 2007, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. That's right with all these activities we have to address the wear-and-tear in addition to transforming the space. If you're able to volunteer wear old clothes! Everything from painting to dusting to moving furniture to data entry is being done. We are seeking a 2-hour minimum commitment.

To volunteer, please send an e-mail to e5


Meeting:

ANSWER Coalition

September 19, 2007, 6:30 p.m.  Post - Washington,D.C.-rally meeting


Training:

Software Freedom Day

September 15, 2007, 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. Programming includes:

  • GIMP tutorial and demo
  • Drupal tutorial and demo
  • OLPC demo and presentation
  • OpenOffice.org demo and tutorial
  • Bring your laptop for help with installing and configuring FreeSoftware
  • Get a FREE gNewSense CD!
  • Network with other free software and free culture activists

Download the flyer here


Presentation:

Local Power: Venezuelan Communal Councils

SatuSeptember 13, 2007, 7 - 9 p.m.  Brown University Ph.D. student Kendra Fehrer has just returned from her 3rd stay in Venezuela where she spent time with 8 communal councils. Recently established, these councils offer grassroots communities of up to 400 families an opportunity to directly organize their own economic and social development. Some 18,000 communal councils have spread throughout Venezuela in a unique experiment combining direct democracy, representation and economic development. Kendra’s graduate work in Argentina, combined with her own activism provides a keen vantage point for understanding the unfolding Venezuelan experiment with 21st Century Socialism.

Visit the Circle's website

Download the flyer (pdf format)


Fundraiser:

Boston Industrial Workers of the World

August 4, 2007 The Boston General Membership Branch is organizing an evening of acoustic music, movies, and food. More details to be posted soon.

Visit the IWW website


Reportback:

The First United States Social Forum

August 3, 2007 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Several hundred activists and organizers from the Boston area attended the historic United States Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. This report back features six speakers, several cultural performances and a group discussion on what Atlanta '07 means for us and the future of our progressive social change movement. More details, speakers bios, etc. will be added as they become available.

Download the flyer
Visit the USSF website

Visit MassGlobalAction.org


Strategy Session:

Charting the Road Ahead for the Antiwar Movement

July 14, 2007: The Stop the Wars Coalition is organizing a strategy session on the antiwar movement. The half-day event, running from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2007, at encuentro 5 in Chinatown, draws together
different strands of the movement over 3 90 minute sessions:

  1. Existing Conditions - Reflecting on the war machine and its bases
  2. What is to done? - What can we do to the stop the war?
  3. The Road Ahead: Brainstorm and Discussion

The first 2 90-minute sessions feature panel presentations (lasting 30 minutes) followed by open discussion. Panelists include organizers from Mass Peace Action, Troops Out Now Coalition, Massachusetts Global Action, United for Justice with Peace, Code Pink and other local organizations. The final 90 minute session is an open ended discussion that will feature an active facilitator to keep the conversation moving forward. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

More information and updates from Stop the Wars

 


Author Presentation:

A Cowboy in Caracas

April 16, 2007, 7-9 p.m. Join the author and the Boston Bolivarian Circle for a discussion “Cowboy in Caracas and the ongoing revolution in Venezuela. The event will include a wine & cheese-style reception. For more information, contact Jorge Marin.

Visit the Circle's website

Visit the author's website
Download the flyer (pdf format)


 

Author Presentation:

Our Land! Our Democracy: A Call to Action

April 15, 2007, 6-8 p.m. Meet author and environmental activist Karen Coulter at this launch of an important new Real Democracy pamphlet series beginning with Rule of Property,  Coulter will be joined by Jill Stein (Mass. Coalition for Healthy Communities), & Ward Morehouse (Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy).


See events from earlier this year
click here

 

Regular Events

  • Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition
    Every Monday, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Boston May Day Coalition
    Every other Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Boston Organizing Committee for the WSF
    Every other Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Boston Bolivarian Circle
    Every other Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Una Sangre/One Blood Batey Drum Circle
    Every third Sunday, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

  • Martial Arts Workshop (Hapchidado)
    Every Monday & Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Other events may be booked during these times with advanced notice depending on their size and nature of the activity.

 

 

Download our Brochure


This tri-fold explains our project, its history, goals and objectives.

 

Download our Visitors Guide to Boston

Adobe Acrobat (pdf) and Microsoft Publisher 2003

 

For a People's History of Massachusetts

Visit the Boston Social Forum's website.