Jarrar: Getting Things Straight on Iraq

Sunday, January 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m. Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi-Palestinian architect, blogger and political analyst who was in Iraq during the U.S. invasion in 2003 and has recentlyreturned from another trip. He is a former AFSC and Peace Action staff person who provided constant briefings to peace activists throughout the war as well as working with Congressman Delahunt's office to develop opposition to the war in Congress.  He collected his and his family's blog posts into The Iraq War Blog, An Iraqi Family's Inside View of the First Year of the Occupation, published as a book in 2008.


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."

Paul Shannon: How Fast Can Things Change

On the occasion on encuentro 5's 5th anniversary dinner, honoree Paul Shannon reviewed the incredible year that began in North Africa.

I think that at events like this it’s good for us to remember how lucky we are to have had this opportunity to work together with so many wonderful people over the years: to engage with each other both as colleagues and even as friends. I know Howard Zinn used to talk about this, and as usual, he was right. What a privilege to have been fellow travelers with people from different generations who long for worldwide human community and an end to socially created human suffering. Of course we have to deal with each others craziness. But who else would you want to hang out with? I know it’s something that has enriched my life in a way I never expected and I feel very fortunate about the whole thing.

Sergio Reyes: The Type of Society We Want... in 5 minutes

On the occasion of encuentro 5's 5th anniversary dinner, honoree Sergio Reyes challenged his audience to think about the society we want to build in place of our current one. He provided a "5-minute" list!

  • A society free from racism
  • A society free from sexism and homophobia
  • A society free from ageism
  • A society free from religious or non-religious discrimination
  • A society free from ethnic discrimination
  • A society without borders

Peña Rebelde Presente: Mercedes Sosa

Saturday, December 10th, 2011; 
7:00 p.m. Food, 8:00 p.m. Live Music
Sharing music, arte y amor the 2nd Saturday/each month @ e5

Join the circle of songs and stories to honor the distinctive voice and legacy of one of Latin America's beloved musicians, Mercedes Sosa. Rooted in Argentine folk music, Mercedes' invincible sounds of justice crossed beyond borders so that she was known as a woman who "didn't have any type of barrier or any type of fear that limited her." On Dec. 10th, hear her recordings and live modern renditions by local peñero/as and bring your own story, song, poem, or artwork to share...

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.

Peña Rebelde presents... Bojah

Saturday, November 12th, 2011; 7:00 p.m. Food, 8:00 p.m.Sharing live music, arte y amor the 2nd Saturday/each month @ e5

ENTRY: $5 + food, refreshments

On the Edge of Reason: Border Dynamics & the Spread of Violence

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.  More than just bloody turf wars between competing cartels, the current conflict in Mexico is shaped by free trade agreements, the rise and fall of political parties, massive amounts of US military funding and a voracious appetite for drugs north of the border. Macrina will draw on her experience, formerly as the Legislative Coordinator of the Mexico Solidarity Network and currently with the Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Mexico, to unpack this complex situation.

Occupy Boston, 3rd General Assembly, 9/29/11

 Photos by doridinoto (OpenMediaBoston's photostream)


Health: Agricultural Workers in Nicaragua

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join filmmaker Jason Glaser for a conversation about agricultural workers and Chronic Kidney Disease in Nicaragua. For more information, see the website of the La Isla Foundation.

Peña Rebelde: Banjineh "Op" Browne

Postponed due to emergency street closing.
NEW DATE: Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00 p.m. - Food, 8:00 p.m. - Live Music
uggested Donation: $5

Join as as we absorb the stories and sounds of the Foundation Movement's OPTiMUS, one of the Boston underground's most trusted revolutionary emcees. Repping Liberia, an array of special guests will be present to back Op as he lights up the 6th monthly Peña Rebelde. OPTiMUS will be joined by his partner-in-rhyme, the other half of the Foundation Movement, EROC for some pieces as well. And as always, peñeros are invited to bring story and song to share. Wear your best Afrikan-inspired garment & adornments.

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