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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.

Forty Years in the Labor Movement

Lessons from Organizer and Strategist Peter Van Delft

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m. At no previous point in its history has the situation of the labor movement been more dire. At the same time, new waves of immigrant and community organizing and the rise of middle-class activism may signal renewal for the movement that brought dignity to millions of workers. This event helps as look forward by first looking back on Peter's 4 decades of service to the labor movement.

About Peter: A longtime activist and a third-generation socialist, Peter Van Delft has spent more than forty years in the labor movement. Following World War II he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in Anthropology and where he was involved in activities leading to increased admissions and support for low income and students of color.

Until his retirement Peter was a Vice President of New York based, 30,000 member, District 65. Earlier, he had been a member of the National Maritime Union and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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.

Derber: Marx's Ghost - Midnight Conversations on Changing the World

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Author, activist and BC sociologist Charlie Derber speaks to his most recent book, Marx's Chost: Midnight Conversations on Changing the World. He will be joined by Alexandra Pineros Shields, Brian Kwoba and Genevieve Butler. From the publisher: An American sociologist (Derber) travels to London's Highgate cemetery, where Karl Marx is buried. A surprise encounter with Marx's ghost, which reveals insights into the great revolutionary’s personality and biography, leads to a night-long conversation between Derber and the ghost on important issues of the day: the economic crisis, globalization; climate change, war, racism, left- and right-wing politics, the future of capitalism, new economic models emerging in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, and revolutionary activism by citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya—even Wisconsin. The ghost reconsiders his theories as he speaks eloquently about American labor, environmental, peace, social justice, civil rights, immigrant, and gender and anti-racist struggles. Their engrossing, funny, and provocative conversation, interrupted by appearances from ghosts such as John Maynard Keynes, offers a new vision of the stunning relevance and tragic flaws of the historical Marx, who now reveals a surprising Great Transition to a transformed future. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

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.

This event is organized by OCCUPY BOSTON - FREE SCHOOL UNIVERSITY

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!"

No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy

Thursday, September 8th, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's “little waist,” a place long known for its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence. She also landed in the middle of a ferocious battle over plans to industrialize the region, where most people still fish, farm, and work in the forests. In the decade that followed her first visit, Call witnessed farmland being paved for new highways, oil spilling into rivers, and forests burning down. Through it all, local people fought to protect their lands and their livelihoods—and their very lives.

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?

Boston CISPES 30th Anniversary Party

Saturday, January 15th, 2011, 4pm to late

This year marks THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)!

Since 1980 the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador has fought unjust US military and political intervention alongside the successful and inspirational Salvadoran movement for justice and self-determination.

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.

Raúl Zibechi: Dispersing Power

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Join Uruguayan activist-intellectual and journalist, Raúl Zibechi, for a wide-ranging conversation about social movements and social change. The point of departure is his latest work, Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces. It considers the largely indigenous social movements organizing in El Alto, Bolivia that both brought Evo Morales to state power and continue their challenges to the state. This event is co-sponsored with Boston Bolivarianos, the Global Economic Alternatives Network and the journal Socialism and Democracy.