Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Violeta Parra was a singer, composer, musical researcher, who left an historical imprint in the social fabric of Chilean society. Violeta was born on October 4, 1917 and ended her own life February 5, 1967.
Nancy Torrealba has sung and promoted Violeta's music in Chile for many years, of which, performing under the repressive eye of the military dictatorship (1973-1989) was a risky proposition. Nancy will delight us with music of Violeta as we commemorate her birthday. Towards the end, however, Nancy will give us a sample of her own compositions. Nancy's engagement in the U.S. is very limited so this is an opportunity that should not be missed
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Almost a year ago, 3,000 activists from around the country flooded Wall Street. It’s been nearly a year since we burst the carbon bubble on the horns of the bull, unfurled our 300 foot banner, and declared that Capitalism is Climate Chaos.
You don’t have to look very far for proof that direct action works: Black Lives Matter storming streets and conventional halls, fast food workers walking out on the job for $15 an hour, arctic defenders dangling from the St. John’s bridge - we see again and again that when we express our outrage in bold ways, the world starts to listen.
This fall, activists from across North America will coordinate a wave of actions against the root causes of climate chaos: colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy. In more than a dozen cities, community groups from across movement spaces are gathering to vision what the flood will look like in their city. (Learn more at floodthesystem.net)
What could Flood the System look like in Boston?
Organizers from Flood the System invite you to join us for a night of storytelling and vision. We’ll watch an allegorical slideshow about the Flood made collectively by activist-artists from Brooklyn, Pittsburg, North Carolina, Vermont and Maine. Then we’ll imagine what this might look like in our own city. Bring your people, your open ears and your dreaming cap.
See you there!
Featuring Photographs by Mario Quiroz
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - This is the opening reception for an exhibit portraying the work of Boston's street vendors. More details to follow.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Come meet Juslene Tyresias, a dynamic leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye and the Kat Je (Four Eyes) Platform in Haiti.
Juslene will be speaking about her experiences organizing for access to land, for agroecology, and for climate justice. Juslene will be joining us immediately after participating in the 10 year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. We will be discussing the links to local grassroots organizing efforts in the US such as for food sovereignty, #BlackLivesMatter, and climate and environmental justice.
Trina Jackson will share a report back from her participation in the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland in July.
RSVP on Facebook Sponsor: Grassroots International Co-sponsors: Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), Association of Haitian Women of Boston (AFAB-KAFANM), Black Economic Institute, Chelsea Collaborative, City Life/Vida Urbana, Community Labor United, Dominican Development Center, Grassroots International, Mass. Global Action and others.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Organized and hosted by Boston Solidarity. Join us for a discussion of contemporary feminisms in the US where we will talk about how patriarchy has been re-organized under neo-liberal capitalism, the ongoing struggles against women's/gender oppression, and the connections between anti-capitalist and feminist politics.
We will explore how “neo-liberal" feminism reflects both the gains and losses of the 20th century women's movement in the context contemporary context of neo-liberal capitalism.
Johanna Brenner is a long-time activist and founding member of Solidarity. She is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former director of the Women’s Studies Program at Portland State University. She is the author of Women and the Politics of Class and many articles in publications such as Jacobin, Monthly Review, Socialist Register, New Politics, and Against the Current.
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m. LOCATION CHANGE - TO ACCOMMODATE THE MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE WHO RSVP'd - THE NEW LOCATION IS SEIU 32BJ - 26 WEST STREET, BOSTON 02111 - ~ 3 BLOCKS FROM e5
Jacobin magazine in a few short years has become a leading journal of the Left in both print and online editions, with particular appeal to younger radicals. There are dozens of discussion groups nationwide, including one in Boston. Our speakers will address the reasons for Jacobin's success and future prospects. Bhaskar is the editor & publisher of Jacobin and Karen is a contributing editor; she is also a Somerville Community Corporation organizer. RSVP on Facebook.
A Forum on Social Ownership
Friday, September 25, 2015, 6:30 p.m. This forum features Marjorie Kelly, Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative and author of Owning our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution and The Divine Right of Capital with Nancy Goldner, Co-Chair, Hub Public Bank and Julie Matthaei, Co-Coordinator of Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN).
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - A national delegation of field organizers working on the front lines to end caste apartheid are in the U.S. this Fall seeking justice for Dalit women, by breaking the silence on the epidemic of caste based sexual violence.
Join the Dalit Women's Self Respect Movement in Boston.
Anarchism and the New Social Movements - An International Panel Discussion
Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m. This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century.
The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control.
All of the presenters are contributors to a recent outreach and dialogue project, To Change Everything, which appeared earlier this year in over twenty languages: tochangeeverything.com
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. RSVP on Facebook or just show up! Details to follow.
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. RSVP on Facebook or just show up!
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Postponed - Need date to be announced shortly. This is an organizing meeting and follow up to our "Is the World Social Forum Still Relevant?" conversation that featured Thomas Ponniah and Asma Ghali.
Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m. V. Sandhya, president of the Progressive Organization of Women (POW), reflects on land and labor struggles in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh (A.P) and Telengana. Sandhya started her activism in her teens as a student organizer for Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) in Telangana. She became the President of POW in 1988 and has since held that position. POW has had tens of thousands of members in A.P and Telangana. POW has led several struggles for womens rights and empowerment. It has worked against violence against women and in particular women from oppressed castes and class. It has worked against displacement of people from their land and livelihood in the name of development. POW has also worked with slum dwellers, workers in beedi (home made cigarettes) factories, coal mines, construction, agriculture and domestic workers. It has worked with civil rights organizations against police brutality and torture.
Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m. This event examines the prospects of the World Social Forum as a relevant actor in "making another world possible!" Topics include the relationship between the forum and political movements, the recent experiences in Tunis, and the challenges as the Forum moves to Montreal in 2016. This event features Thomas Ponniah whose edited volume, Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum, has just been republished (June 2015) and is being distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Additional speakers will be added to program.
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, art y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song. Please feel free to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. RSVP on Facebook or just show up!