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Basic details: Who/What/Where/When


Noam Chomsky, "What's Next? The US & the World After Bush" at the Arlington Street Church (by the Boston Public Garden), on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 for reception ticket holders). [Get more info from http://www.encuentro5.org]


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Join America's leading dissident thinker, the noted linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky to ask, "What's Next? The US & the World After Bush" at the Arlington Street Church (by the Boston Gardens), on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 for reception ticket holders). This discussion and lecture comes after Chomsky urged strategic voting against the McCain ticket and as many progressive organizations are developing their agendas for a post-Bush world.

Get tickets and more info from http://www.encuentro5.org

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Sample e-mail to friends

On November 4th we made history! Exactly what it means, however, is something we have to sort out. As someone put it, "We haven't made change yet, but may now have a chance to make change." The progressive movement still faces stark choices in order to right the wrongs of our society.

So join us: Come listen to Noam Chomsky, "What's Next? The US & the World After Bush" at the Arlington Street Church (by the Boston Gardens), on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 for reception ticket holders). Information and tickets at http://www.encuentro5.org

Here's why... Now more than ever, there is a sense of desperation and anticipation: the time for change is now! Progressive groups all over the country and around the world have been abuzz about what needs to happen next.

Noam Chomsky, days away from his eightieth birthday, has agreed to join us for a serious conversation about what comes next and how we can intervene. Bringing the intellectual rigor of that comes with decades of scholarship, activism and speaking truth to power, Noam Chomsky offers an incisive account of the elections, its winner and the tasks confronting all of us.

He will do so in his characteristic soft-spoken, simply worded, measured prose. In this, he will speak directly to our thoughts: neither influencing us with rhetorical appeals to emotion nor by imposing a sense of humility through flashy language. Instead, the sheer weight of plain spoken, clearly articulated facts will offer us a chance to agree or disagree.

The event will help us all plug into the antiwar, economic and global justice and pro-immigrant movements. We can also learn more about local efforts for the World Social Forum (Brazil, January '09), upcoming Human Rights Day organizing, First Night Against the War, DC actions around the Inauguration, and challenging the emergency presidential summit in DC. It will also have time and space for us spread the word about our own activities.

For more information, tickets, directions, and to plug in, visit http://www.encuentro5.org.

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