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Recent Land & Labor Struggles in South India

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.

A Ukrainian tablecloth, a pair of boots, a faded newspaper

Stories of Ukraine from my grandmother and her grandmother

Opens October 8, 2014, Ongoing Exhibition What is the historical context of the current crisis?  How do political and economic interests affect the keyplayers involved? What roles do culture and language play in the conflict? How would potential resolutions affect the people of (what's left of) Ukraine? And most importantly, what would my Ukrainian grandmother have thought about all this?

In the main hall of encuentro5, an exhibit is unfolding of familial and cultural artifacts, photographs, videos, books, maps, and stories. Visitors are invited to explore some of the historical pivots and present-day nuances of this multifaceted crisis through a varied display of articles that were passed down from my grandmother or collected from journeys across Ukraine over the past decade.

The exhibit's collection will gradually expand and culminate into a multi-media presentation that will span the life-story of my Ukrainian grandmother, Natasha (whose name means hope), and consider some of the more controversial topics underpinning recent events in Ukraine. Presentation will be followed by discussion (date TBD).

The Hub Public Bank – An Alternative Democratic Economic Vision

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. The City of Boston has $1.2 billion on deposit with the nefarious Bank of America, US Trust (a subsidiary of Bank of America) and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Why should “too big to fail banks” who brought about the economic collapse of 2008 continue to be depositories for our public money? There is an alternative – depositing our public money in a public bank owned by the people of Boston.

The Speaker DSA member Nancy Goldner will introduce the concept of a public bank as a transformative pathway toward a more democratic, accountable and community oriented use of our public money. She is also a member of the Pubic Bank Working Group whose mission it is to establish the Hub Public Bank.

 

BBLS: Equal Exchange Chocolate Tasting (and more)

Brown Bag Lunch Series presents
Molly Zeff, Equal Exchange

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, 1-2pm

Molly Zeff is a Community Sales Rep and Co-Owner at Equal Exchange, the largest Fair Trade co-operative in the United States. Molly will be speaking about how Fair Trade benefits low-income farmers and their communities across the globe, how Fair Trade coffee is better for the environment than conventionally grown coffee, and how congregations, schools, cafes, store, and individuals have spread the Fair Trade movement through Equal Exchange's programs. She will provide Fair Trade chocolate and dried fruit - some of the best you've ever tasted - as samples throughout the presentation, and will lead a professional chocolate tasting as well.

Discussion and Q&A to follow. Lunch snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Technology & Direct Democracy

Friday, June 22nd, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Occupy Boston Information & Technology (OBIT) is proud to present a consensus building tool focused on accessing direct democracy and using technology to influence political outcomes at the state and federal levels.

While many carry beliefs that electoral politics are tainted by corrupt practices and big money Super PACS, there are others who still believe that it is important that voters leverage their power through actively challenging their elected officials to speak for the people

On June 22 we will look at the various ways that technology is being used to impact true democratic practices and get more people involved in the drafting and revision of proposed legislation.

Linda Fischer: Global Crisis! Global Resistance!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. A wave of revolt is sweeping the world. In North Africa, uprisings topple dictators; in China, mass strikes defy repression; in Wisconsin, workers occupy the capitol building for weeks; and as European capitalism plunges deeper into crisis, workers and youth are responding with general strikes, mass occupations, and powerful protests. Meanwhile, the super-rich demand even more tax cuts, budget cuts, and layoffs. But a growing majority in Europe are declaring “We won’t pay for your crisis!"

Vijay Prashad: Arab Spring - Libyan Winter

Thursday, July 7th, 2011, 7:00 p.m.  As millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa fight for freedom against tyrannical regimes, US warplanes bomb Libya with the stated aim of protecting civilians. But what are the real aims of our government's intervention? How do they relate to its wars and other policies in the Middle East? And what can those of us inspired by the democratic uprisings do to help?

Racial Justice Battles of the Forties & Fifties

Friday, June 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Join activist historian Mark Solomon for reflection on the racial justice battles of the 1940s and 50s - that great in-between period that provided the connective tissue between the great upsurges of the 1930s and powerful peace and justice movements of the 1960s. Going beyond mere generational analysis, this personal account integrates race, class and gender dimensions with a global perspective in an era when such transformative figures as Paul Robeson and W.E.B du Bois were still widely recognized and respected. In a period largely defined by the Cold War, other exciting processes ranging from epic national liberation struggles in the Global South to block-by-block tenant organizing in the US. Mark takes us back to that period and our discussion will help draw lessons for today's challenges. The event will be followed by a wine-and-cheese-style reception. 

After the Elections: Where Do We Go from Here?

Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The “One Nation Working Together” rally brought together an unprecedented progressive coalition in Washington on October 2. Nationally, One Nation plans to continue its ambitious collaboration effort after the November election -- when such collaboration between labor, civil rights, environmental, social justice, housing, peace and youth groups will be more important than ever.

Sergio Reyes & Omar Sierra on Latin America's New Constitutions

Saturday, September 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Join Sergio Reyes (Boston May Day Committee and Latin@s for Social Change) and Omar Sierra (sociologist and Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) for a survey of the radical changes and advances in Latin American constitutional development. Using his firsthand impressions of the process in Bolivia and a textual analysis of the new constitution of the Plurinational Republic of Bolivia, Reyes will provide his assessment and lead the conversation. Additional speakers and experiences will be announced shortly. Sponsored by the Boston May Day Committee.

Brazil's MST - On Political Education

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Ana Justo has been a leader of Brazil 's Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra - MST) for 23 of its 25 years. The largest social movement in Latin America, the MST has 1.5 million members. The MST struggles for land reform, access to healthcare, schools, organic production and infrastructure by promoting ground-up sustainable development based in the needs of all Brazilians. Ana coordinates the Secretariat of the MST's Florestan Fernandes National School located in Guararema, Sao Paulo. This event is sponsored by Grassroots International.

Tech for Social Change! An UnMeeting

Saturday, June 5, 2010, 1:00 p. m.  - 6:00 p.m., An open agenda gathering designed to bring technologists, organizers, and community advocates together to explore the range of options and challenges facing collective actions in the use of media and information tools. This event is sponsored by the Organizers' Collaborative, see the Tech for Social Change webpage for more information and links to the event wiki.

Medea Benjamin: Growing the Peace Movement

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in the Middle East and the bloated Pentagon budget are sucking billions of tax dollars that should be spent on health, education, jobs and the environment. Yet under Obama, the peace movement has lost its steam. What strategies can be effective to rebuild the peace movement? Where can we find new allies? What are the most effective tactics we can use?

Indigenous Virtue – Beyond Green Capitalism

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Join Victor Wallis and Sylvia Escarcega in a discussion concerning the potential political and ethical contributions of indigenous thought and social movements to building alternatives to capitalism. Victor's paper, "Beyond 'Green Capitalism'" recently published in Monthly Review (61:9, February, 2010) provides a starting point for the conversation. In it, he notes the connection between the present economic recession, the crisis-ridden character of capitalist economy and the ecological limits to the capitalist growth model. But he goes on to observe that most of the world is still caught up in capitalist institutions and does not yet recognize the link between socialism and ecologically appropriate responses. He finds hope and examples in the Global South, insurgent socialism and indigenous resistance. Of the latter, he writes, "they express, more completely than any other demographic group, the common survival interest of humanity as a whole." Victor then traces how indigenous values may be connected to the "vast learning process... that revolution has always entailed." In doing so, Victor connects these values with on-the-ground practices while also addressing the international relations dimension.

Victor is editor of "Socialism and Democracy" and teaches political science at Berkelee School of Music. Sylvia teaches Latin American & Latino Studies at De Paul University.

The event is free and open to all interested members of the progressive community.

Workers Rights with Steve Early, Dorotea Manuela & Camilo Viveiros

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m. In the face of a deepening economic crisis and continuing brutal raids on immigrant workers and their communities, this event brings together union workers, immigrant organizers and community activists. It is part of the campaign by the Boston May Day Committee and its affiliates to unite workers across sector and borders. Join the conversation and help build toward May Day 2010!

Visit BostonMayDay.org for more information