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Mass Pirates Cryptoparty

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m, This afternoon, we're going to focus on a piece of software called PGP ("Pretty Good Privacy"), which is commonly used for encrypting email. This will be a hands-on workshop; our goal is to help you set up PGP on your laptop, and get your hands dirty using it.  PGP Encryption is an excellent way to prevent folks (like our friends at the NSA) from snooping on your email, and we want to teach you how to encrypt!

To get the most benefit from this workshop, you'll want to bring a laptop, and download PGP software in advance.

 - If you're running Windows, download GPG4win from http://gpg4win.org/download.html.

 - If you're running MacOS, download GPG Tools from https://gpgtools.org/.

 - If you're running Linux, use your distribution's package manager to install GPG, GPA, and a mail reader that supports PGP (such as Evolution, Claws Mail, or Thunderbird + Enigmail)

We'll show you how to generate keys, upload them to a keyserver, sign each other keys, and encrypt/decrypt files.

This is a free workshop

Peña latinoamericana - May 11, 2013 - East Boston

NEW DATE! Join us for a night of folklore, storytelling, arte y amor, the poetry of struggle bringing histories to life, and life to our circles of song.

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. @TecsChange (Eastie Workshop), 46 Bennington St., East Boston, MA Accessible from Maverick T Stop - Blue Line! Wheelchair Accessible

A Peña is a gathering of musicians, artists, and friends who come to share their work and to play together. Peñas take historical root from Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork under a brutally repressive regime. Though they exist throughout the Spanish-speaking world, they came into fashion in Latin America with the Nueva Trova musical movement that ran in tandem with the revolutions of the day. In some places the term 'tertulia' is used, where in English we don't have an equivalent word. (Open Mic implies a certain formality and performance that doesn't quite fit this atmosphere.)

Peñer@s are encouraged to bring your own stories, songs, poems, or artwork to share. Please bring your songs, bring your verse, in whatever language or on whatever instrument.

Each peña hosted by e5 will be dedicated to the great tradition of someone who fought with the instrument of song and the spirit that defied borders. Please accompany us at our events with live music and ample nylon-string guitars.

RSVP for the event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/404779402952770/

$5 suggested donation. No one turned away. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided | No alcohol on premises

South Africa - One Year after Marikana

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. [NOTE - Date change] (at e5) Things are changing at rapid pace in South Africa. In the year since Marikana, the labor movement is embroiled in a fierce struggle over its ties to the Revolutionary Alliance; two new parties (one to the right, AGANG, and a more populist one, Economic Freedom Fighters, have emerged, in addition, of course, to the Workers and Socialist Party--WASP --which formed in the immediate aftermath of Marikana; the nation as a whole is finally contemplating the post-Mandela future (along with re-assessing his legacy); the ruling party seems torn between international puppet masters but the grassroots struggles that defined post-Apartheid South Africa continue apace. We will examine these developments in August, one year after the Marikana massacre.

By way of background, please check out the following short articles that address these topics:

An encuentro 5 and Mass. Global Action coordinator, Suren Moodliar, will share his observations based on his April visit to South Africa. The talk will include an update on the Marikana inquiries. He will then sketch out the different strategies being implemented that nation's diverse and changing progressive left. It will consider quiet opposition within the ruling party and former national liberation movement (the African National Congress), the faultlines within the labor movement, the burgeoning grassroots social movements challenging the state, and new political formations seeking to reconstruct the entire left. Each approach is described with a view to identifying the strengths and challenge of each approach.

CANCELLED: A Conversation with Richard Seymour, Author of "Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens"

A note from Richard: "I'm sorry to anyone who is disappointed, but all businesses are shut down and public transport is closed. Until the other killer is caught, I'm not even able to really leave the house. It's especially unfortunate, because there is an urgent need for a response to this that tackles Islamophobia, and the clash-of-civs narrative that the likes of Hitchens have promoted."

Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  @ encuentro 5 - 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02108 (note location change to e5)

Update: Because the original venue was located within the crime scene at Copley, the event has been moved to encuentro 5.

In light of the attack and the highly racialized response from some of the media, we would like to offer this event as a place to for people to freely discuss the attack on Boston along with the original subject matter. Hitchens' notorious echo of "turn tragedy into war," following the September 11th attacks provides a strong negative lesson. Let's bring our minds and hearts together to discuss how we could create a positive one.

Presentation and Q&A with author Richard Seymour

On Friday April 19th, join Richard Seymour, one of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals and principal contributor to the popular blog, Lenin's Tomb, for a discussion of his recent book, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

In his younger years, a career-minded socialist, Hitchens emerged from the smoke of 9/11 a neoconservative “Marxist,” an advocate of America's invasion of Iraq filled with passionate intensity. Throughout his life, he played the role of universal gadfly, whose commitment to the truth transcended the party line as well as received wisdom. But how much of this was imposture? In this highly critical study, Richard Seymour casts a cold eye over the career of the “Hitch” to uncover an intellectual trajectory determined by expediency and a fetish for power, which is also a cautionary tale for our times.

This event is free and open to the public. See Facebook Event Page.

RICHARD SEYMOUR: One of Britain's leading young radical intellectuals, Richard is the principal contributor to Lenin's Tomb (http://www.leninology.com/), one of the UK's most popular blogs. A regular columnist for the Guardian, Seymour is also the author four books, most recently "American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism" (Haymarket 2012) and "Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens" (Verso 2013). He is a founding member of the International Socialist Network.

Art Sale for Cuban Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Nelson Da Costa is an Angolan artist and war refugee who lived and studied in Cuba for 18 years. Part of that time was spent at the Anton Makarenko School which was recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy. To help his former school, Nelson is doing a special one night sale of some of his works. Proceeds beyond his expenses will go to the school.

Nelson emigrated to the United State in 2002 and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2008 at  Tufts University and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Boston.  

Teach In: Demanding Justice for Haiti

Friday, November 12, 2010, 4:00 p.m. Speakers, film clips, music & discussion on the major questions affecting Haiti, 10 months on. Despite the earthquake, cholera, and hurricanes, why is aid money still held up? What do Haitians see as a vision for their future? How can we support them?

Come meet with a diverse group of students, Haiti activists, and community members. Discussion will focus on the key issues facing the 1.5 million displaced living in camps, what they have to say, and what our government has to do with it. We will draw connections between historical policy and the current aid effort. We hope to emerge with action ideas on how, as a group, we can work to effect concrete change.

E-mail, haiti.insolidarity@gmail.com for more information.

Opeñas Folklóricas

Every 2nd Sunday (2010)

Celebrate the great traditions of Latin American and local radical culture through song and music in our next Opeña Folklórica, combining traditional Peñas with an Open mic. Bring your voice, history, song and spirit!

Musicians: Rafael Medina, Sergio Reyes et al. + Open Mic.

Light snacks and refreshments offered for suggested donations by MESA sin fronteras, a burgeoning worker-run social club @ e5.

Peñas take historical root in Chilean social gatherings during the 60s and early 70s that expressed the spirit of creativity and resistance in melody, poems, and artwork under a brutally repressive regime. They began to sprout all over Latin America in a time when songs resounded with a collective heart beat for a more just society and they continue to weave a fabric of solidarity through generations. Each peña at MESA sin fronteras will be dedicated to a musician from this great tradition who fought with the spirit of song that defied borders.
 
Our first Opeña (Peña + Open Mic) on May 9th was dedicated to the song and struggle of Violete Parra, who was one of the first musicians in Chile to host and perform in such Peñas. Her radiant songs are a testament to a creative and rebellious spirit who loved much too much, inspiring listeners with her bold, defiant lyrics and gentle voice, her enduring rhythms and volcanic passion for social justice.

Join us in the heart of Boston to commemorate our new series of Opeñas!

Rebel Journalist: John Ross

A Story of Mexico City

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Join renowned journalist John Ross for an evening connecting the people of Latin America and the United States... Nor ordinary scribe, Ross’ writing and presentations blend beat generation poetry with magical realist prose all while rooted in concrete social struggles and real politics... Ross leaves his audiences inspired to action and craving social change...

MayDay Movie Festival Week

April 25th to April 30th, 2010 (At encuentro 5, Lucy Parson's Center, & Haley House) Leading up to the MayDay 2010 rallies and marches, join us across the city for six days of movies and discussion on the topics of workers' struggle, immigration, history, political analysis, and alternatives. Featuring an exhibit of Justice Artwork at encuentro 5 from local worker-run cooperative Red Sun Press!

Festival Schedule (read more):

Theater of the Oppressed: Next Meeting July 4th!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010, 12-noon to 4 pm Join us as we build a regular theater group that meets every odd Sunday. Always welcoming new spect-actors!

Background:

Fear, isolation, alienation, privilege, racism, sexism, authoritarianism and other forms of oppression plague our world outside of as well as within our social movements. However, often times, they are as much delivered in the words we use when we attempt to dialogue about them, as in the dichotomy of presenter vs audience that tries to carry forth the discussion.

Theater of the Oppressed, developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil, attempts to dissolve the verbal barrier and the actor/spectator division by engaging every community participant as a protagonist in identifying and dismantling these power dynamics in society-at-large as well as interpersonally.

Theater of the Oppressed: An Experimental & Participatory Workshop

Sunday, April 4th, 2010, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Fear, isolation, alienation, privilege, racism, sexism, authoritarianism and other forms of oppression plague our world outside of as well as within our social movements. However, often times, they are as much delivered in the words we use when we attempt to dialogue about them, as in the dichotomy of presenter vs audience that tries to carry forth the discussion.

Join us for an introductory workshop of Theater of the Oppressed, developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil, that attempts to dissolve the verbal barrier and the actor/spectator division by engaging every community participant as a protagonist in identifying and dismantling these power dynamics in society-at-large as well as interpersonally.

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).

Peoples' Music: An Evening with Sergio Reyes, Simon Rios and many others

The Music of Social Struggle from Latin America

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Capping off events and actions on Bolivia, Chiapas, Colombia, El Salvador, and Venezuela, and organizing to mark May Day 2009, we will be enjoying the music of Latin America with Sergio Reyes, Simon Rios and many others.

May Day: Victory in El Salvador! with CISPES

Friday, May 1st, 2009, 8:00 p.m. till late Join our friends from the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) in celebrating the elections recently held in El Salvador.

Full Moon Goddess Circle

Friday, December 12, 2008, 8:00 p.m. Inviting women of all ages to come celebrate the last full moon of 2008 with Live Music, Art, Story-telling, Dance, Potluck and much more.