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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.

Cuba's Latin American School of Medicine

Thursday, March 29th, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Lillian Holloway MD grew up in West Philadelphia. She worked as a certified nursing assistant before deciding to go to medical school. She graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine, Havana, Cuba in 2009. She is currently a resident in Family Practice and an MPH candidate at University of Illinois Hospitals in Chicago.

Zinn Lecture Series: Egyptian Revolution

Carl Finamore on the Arab Spring

Friday, March 23rd, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Carl Finamore, a leading journalist will present a first hand report about Egypt since the beginning of the revolution.

The revolution one year ago toppled the Israeli-American backed dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak. But Mubarak has been replaced by an American-Israeli backed military dictatorship. This regime is openly hostile to the rights of women, to the desires of youth oppositionists, and to the needs of millions of impoverished workers – all evidence the basic issues remain unresolved, just as the basic power structure remains intact.

PR: Student Strike!

An Evening with Gamelyn Oduardo - A Strike Organizer

Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening with Gamelyn Oduardo. Last spring, students at the University of Puerto Rico waged a militant, ten-month strike fending off devastating cuts, tuition hikes, and privatization schemes. As a strike leader and law student, Oduardo served on the student coordinating committee for the strike at the Rio Piedras campus in the united effort to defend students against the attacks on public education. He is coming to share his experiences and draw from the Boston occupy movement as we defend our rights and communities. 

Photos, Audio & Video from Levins on Dialectics

Audio by Charngchi Way; video coming soon. Photos using mobile phone camera taken through the course of the event.

Richard Levins on "Failures, Errors & the Boundaries of Our Minds"

Saturday, August 21, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join the eminent scientist and activist Richard Levins for a thought-provoking conversation on "Failures, Errors & the Boundaries of Our Minds"

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the New York's Brecht Forum, Richard Levins will speak to how the dialectical method allows us to understand and learn from our inevitable failures, errors and misunderstandings of both nature and society.

Iran: the Key to Understanding U.S. Policy in the Middle East

New England United Meeting

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join with presenter, Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender and author of In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey Through the Islamic Republic" to hear his eyewitness account of his travel to Iran and an analysis of the critical role Iran plays in US foreign policy. His presentation will be followed by a meeting of New England United.

Chiapas: Indigenous Struggle & Popular Alternatives to Capitalism

A Conversation with Jorge Santiago

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. As the Wall Street financial crisis sparks urgent discussion of shortcomings in the US economy, the Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us in examining lessons from economic projects in the indigenous communities of southern Mexico . Jorge Santiago is the former Director of Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas (DESMI; Indigenous Mexican Social & Economic Development) where he has worked since the 1970s developing economic alternatives in over 200 indigenous communities in Chiapas , the southernmost state of Mexico.

Colombia: Polo Democratico Alternativo

Meet Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo

Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak with Senator Jorge Robledo, an prominent member of the National Senate in Colombia. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center has been trying to build ties with Colombian trade unionists who are routinely assassinated in Colombia (more than any other country in the world combined) for speaking up for their rights. Senator Robledo has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with labor unions and civic groups focusing on the plight of the indigenous peoples and small scale farmers of Colombia.

The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization

Author Presentation with Daniel Faber

Thursday, March 5, 2009 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Join us for a conversation with author Daniel Faber based on his book, "Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). "Capitalizing..." is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental justice movement, examining the achievements and challenges confronting the movement, along with an emphasis on new strategies of environmental problem-solving and innovations in environmental policy. Download flyer here.

DATE CHANGED: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization

Author Presentation with Daniel Faber

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. NEW DATE: Thursday, March 5, 2009 (same time) Join us for a conversation with author Daniel Faber based on his book, "Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice: The Polluter-Industrial Complex in the Age of Globalization" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). "Capitalizing..." is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental justice movement, examining the achievements and challenges confronting the movement, along with an emphasis on new strategies of environmental problem-solving and innovations in environmental policy. Updated flyer coming soon.