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Third Annual Massachusetts Socialist Conference

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Socialist Alternative invites you to participate in workshops and discussions about the issues that affect all our lives. An economic crisis and a new president have created new challenges for working people. Socialist Alternative stands for fundamental change, a break from corporate politics, and for economic and political power in the hands of the working class.

For more information: or call 774-454-9060

Anti-Immigrant Raids: Organizing Radical Solutions

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This is a follow up meeting. The first was convened by Mata Hari and drew together a broad range of pro-immigrant organizations to discuss responses to the continuing raids on immigrant communities.

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.

Outrage about the Raids: Radical Solutions Needed

Sunday, April 5, 2009, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mata Hari and a broad range of pro-immigrant organizations are meeting to discuss responses to the continuing raids on immigrant communities.

The Left After Keynesianism

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Organizers of this conversation are Kendra Fehrer, Ashok Prasad, Suren Moodliar and Thomas Ponniah. About the e5 Forum: It "is a social-political space for activists to informally come together, connect, drink, be happy and discuss social change. Normally we have a speaker present for 20-30 minutes followed by discussion. However the premium would be on hanging out and building relationships among diverse progressives."

Understanding the Economic Meltdown

Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Behind the layoffs, foreclosures and bankruptcies, lurks the danger of an ever-deepening economic crisis. The scale of federal bailouts and the less debated but much bigger guarantees to bankers boggles the mind. Just last year it was argued that single-payer health care costs at $120 billion was too expensive... That was then! How are we to make sense of all of this? Richard Krushnic’s presentation will get us started on the topic. Come join the conversation as we think about economic alternatives beyond Keynes and other messiahs.

El Salvador Election Observers - Send Off Party

Friday, February 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m. This is a benefit for a CISPES delegation to El Salvador in March to monitor the presidential elections. Visit the CISPES website for more information about the elections. The Grass Gypsys, Gary Backstrom, Dean Stevens, Chris Eastburn, Mary Casiello, Avi Jacobs, Joseph Ziemba, and more … Download the flyer and the media advisory.

New England United: Regional Meeting

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. The monthly meeting of the antiwar/peace meeting has been moved from January 10, 2009, to accommodate organizing for the Let Gaza Live! demonstration in Washington, D.C. Please visit the New England United website for more details and the proposed agenda.

Send-off to Belem & WSF 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Members of the Boston delegation to the eighth World Social Forum (Belem, Brazil) will begin the evening by discussing their objectives for the forum, then moving onto identify the forum's contributions and closing by stating how the want the forum to evolve. Topics to be covered include solidarity economics, the human right to water, migration and global social movements. The event will be followed by informal conversation and music from Brazil. There will also be an auction to benefit the Global Economic Alternatives Network (GEAN).

Free & Fair? A Firsthand Account of the January '09 Salvadoran Elections

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Official election observer provides firsthand testimony on the outcome and events surrounding the historic 2009 Salvadoran elections--the best chance for the left to take power in El Salvador since the 1992 Peace Accords. This event is organized by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.

Human Rights NGOs in Russia

Friday, December 12, 2008, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join Alyona Roshko to discuss the state of human rights organizing in the Former Soviet Union. This event is part of a regular series of small group discussions that address issues of both global and local organizing. A transcript and podcast will be available after this event.

Stopping War at the Point of Production

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. If you could actually take action that would impact the U.S. war effort in a tangible way, would you?

Hidden away in Northwest Missouri, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant is one of the most integral mechanisms of the U.S. war machine. Producing over 90% of all small arms ammunition for the U.S. Military, Lake City is a linchpin in the U.S. war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.

Global Apartheid & Global Justice

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A treat: Dennis Brutus, one of the most famous anti-apartheid activists from South Africa, will come to E5 for a special presentation on Global Apartheid and Global Justice.

Dennis was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. He is a well known South African poet as well as an activist. Over the last decade he has been active in the global justice movement. Click on title to listen to Dennis' presentation.

The People Behind the Coal

Colombian Trade Union Leaders Speak Out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m. Coal provides almost 50% of the electricity produced in the United States. Much of that coal—including what's burned at the Salem and Brayton Point plants in Massachusetts—comes from two giant, multinational mines in Colombia.

The Need for Real Economic Alternatives

An Evening with Marco Berlinguer

Friday, November 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m.Join us to discuss the current crises and concrete work being done to build effective global alternatives to the winner-take-all economy. The evening will provide an update on preparations for the world social forum 2009 activities connecting the labor movement with the global solidarity economic movement. Light snacks and a wine & cheese-style reception follows.