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Nov
6
Mon
Coworking! Grown Up Study Hall @ The Democracy Center
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 5:00 pm
Coworking! Grown Up Study Hall @ The Democracy Center | Cambridge | MA | United States

The weather’s getting chilly, so come warm up with us! And get some momentum on your mundane tasks, art projects, taxes, job search, and more!

We have goal setting worksheets, wifi, coffee, tea, and a chill community.

Coworking: Grown Up Study Hall!
1 pm – 5 pm (come-and-go is a-okay!)
45 Mt Auburn St
suggested donation: $5, to cover facilitator’s costs (no one turned away)

The Democracy Center is partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible bathroom on site. The Mandela, Parks, and Chavez rooms are accessible, but the Library is not. Wheelchair users are welcome to use the accessible restroom at Daedalus while we plan our improvements for bathroom accessibility. To reach that bathroom, exit the ramp and turn left on Bow St, at the next building (Daedalus) use their accessible entrance and their restroom will be on the right. More information at: democracycenter.org/accessibility. Contact info@democracycenter.org or 617 492 8855 as needed

Children are always welcome!

We’ll begin with a short goal setting exercise then check in with eachother halfway through. We’ll have space for quiet work as well as work that requires talking, playing music, etc.

We’re especially interested in bringing together folks who are working in progressive and social justice movements to gather in the same space, so bring whatever work you have (whether it’s a conference call or a workshop outline or a one-to-one meeting).

Totally optional: If you can bring a box of tea or some ground coffee to share, we’d appreciate it!

Work Your Dreams will also be collecting monetary donations to keep that work going. No donation required to participate!

artist credit: Jayy Dodd created our flyer and cover photo

Nov
11
Sat
Allston Prison Abolition Drop In! @ Swissbäkers
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 30 @ 3:00 pm
Allston Prison Abolition Drop In! @ Swissbäkers | Allston | MA | United States

Fall is in the air! Join us for hot beverages, overpriced pastry, and prison abolition every Saturday.

Come read letters, connect prisoners to resources, celebrate birthdays, and share nerdy side commentary at the weekly Allston drop in.

Join us for wholesome work, mouthy community, and lots of love.

***Please bring a laptop and your charger.***

If you can’t bring a laptop, please come anyway (we’d appreciate if you comment that you’ll be coming without a computer). You can participate meaningfully in writing birthday and Pride cards to our incarcerated family.

12-3 pm
EVERY Saturday
Swissbakers in Allston

this location is wheelchair accessible
about 2 minutes from the the 66, 86, and immediately off the 70/70a bus routes
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND and can participate in outreach by drawing on cards
There is a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible bathroom with a changing table
There is a parking lot with wheelchair accessible spots

We will:
– read mail from our incarcerated family and get them signed up for our newsletter and penpal service
– share stories and words from the mail we read
– write birthday cards to incarcerated folks in MA and around the country
– type up newsletter and zine submissions

And we’ll make space to talk about our pen-pals, prison abolition under a Trump administration, killing queer characters, institutional racism, alcohol companies exploiting a vulnerable population at Pride, and other topics for polite conversation.

We host two other drop ins weekly:
Sundays, 3-6 pm, at Encuentro 5 Downtown (not wheelchair accessible)
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (wheelchair accessible)

Dec
16
Sat
Black and Pink Boston Holiday Card Party
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Black and Pink Boston Holiday Card Party

Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Come join the Boston chapter to celebrate the holiday season and write cards to our incarcerated family. There will be warm beverages, arts and crafts, and lots of gay merriment!!

Questions? boston@blackandpink.org

Dec
17
Sun
Emergency Protest – Hands Off Jerusalem
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Emergency Protest - Hands Off Jerusalem

Earlier this week Donald Trump announced that U.S would be officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv Israel to Jerusalem.

Please Join us to stand in Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Jerusalem belongs to Palestine.

Please bring signs, and dress in any traditional Palestinian clothing/scarves you may own.

This is being co-sponsored by Boston Party for Socialism and Liberation, Network of Arab-American Professionals of Boston, Act up classwar, The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, United for Justice with Peace, The Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, and The Palestinian House of New England.

Decolonize Puerto Rico: March and Rally @ Plaza Betances, Villa Victoria
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Decolonize Puerto Rico: March and Rally @ Plaza Betances, Villa Victoria | Boston | MA | United States

Join ‘Raíces Borikén Collective’ on Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 P.M., to continue the movement to decolonize Puerto Rico. We will start in Betances Plaza, located in South End’s Villa Victoria neighborhood, to share stories, healing, art, and education before marching (con political paranda y mas) to Copley Square. We are hoping to end with a community bomba, dance and a healing space. We will build beloved community and gather to connect, share music, and learn from each other. Que vive Puerto Rico libre!

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On September 21, 2017 Hurricane Maria, made landfall in Puerto Rico destroying homes and vital infrastructure on the island. The government has reported 51 deaths, but journalists and citizens have reported more than 900 deaths. Months later many Puerto Ricans are still without clean water, electricity, access to internet or proper medical care. The delayed response from the U.S. government, as well as the continued colonization and economic exploitation of Puerto Rico, has contributed to this humanitarian crisis and interferes with recovery efforts.

In the United States, we must fight for Puerto Rico. Since colonizing the island, the United States has oppressed the people of Puerto Rico through a variety of federal actions. Policies like the Foraker Act, the Jones Act, Operation Bootstrap, pill trials, la Operacion, military use in Vieques and other government policies all paved the way for the financial, environmental, medical, and political exploitation and deterioration of Puerto Rico.

Only Congress can: (1) repeal the Jones Act, (2) dismantle the PROMESA board that takes away our self-governance, (3) cancel the debt, and (4) help Puerto Ricans across the U.S. as well as those on the Island. And we, the diaspora of Puerto Rico, can unite to fight against these inhuman policies and pressure Congress to do what is right. Join us in solidarity.

This is a moment to gather and act in greater Boston.

In solidarity,

Raíces Borikén Collective, Lead Organizers

Eroc Arroyo-Montano
Jasmin Chu
Cassandra Lopez Fradera
Jasmine Gomez
Eli “Lady” Pabon

Who is RBC: Raíces Borikén Collective (RBC) is a radical Boston-based group rooted in the Puerto Rican diaspora. We are activists, advocates, educators and organizers that are majority women and queer led. RBC supports the work of dismantling the “imperialist white supremacist- capitalist patriarchal system”* forced upon Puerto Rico, and will continue to advance the movement of decolonizing Puerto Rico through education, direction action, and community based reimagining. Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

*Quote from bell hooks.

Massachusetts Bail Fund Annual Fundraiser
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Massachusetts Bail Fund Annual Fundraiser

Please join us at our Annual Fundraiser!

Donation suggestion of $10-$40 at the door but no one will be turned away. $40 is the fee we pay for every single bail we post at the jails. It’s non-refundable and since 2013, we have spent $30,000.00 in this fee alone.

Please RSVP at the ticketing link above.

2017 has been a transformative year for the bail fund. We joined a network of over 30 grassroots bail funds accross the country, to share knowledge and to work on a plan for what’s next in the pre-trial abolition landscape. We partnered with local community organizations to do bailouts in places and at times that were new to us. We used our experience and knowledge to advocate against terrible expansions of bail in Massachusetts and to push for ways Massachusetts can actually do better and be better. We posted our 800th bail and passed the $300,000 mark.

​Come talk with us about the people you’ve helped in the past four years, the lives you’ve changed, and how, as a community, we can do more, we can help more, and we can end this blight on our community.

Featured Speaker: Meghann Perry,

Meghann Perry is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, a storyteller, and a teaching artist with the Improbable Players, who bring substance use prevention into schools through the performing arts. She shares her personal stories to show the human side of addiction and incarceration and to inspire people to work for change on these issues. She has won many Story Slam titles, including the Moth, and her voice has been heard at Harvard Law School, Wellesley College, and the Mass State House. Learn more about her quest to shine light into dark places at www.meghannperry.com.

Food, childcare, conversation, and entertainment will be provided. We can’t wait to see you!

Dec
18
Mon
Panel Discussion in commemoration of International Migrants Day! @ Massachusetts State House
Dec 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Discussion in commemoration of International Migrants Day! @ Massachusetts State House | Boston | MA | United States

SAVE THE DATE!

Panel Discussion in commemoration
of International Migrants Day!

WHEN: December, 18th at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Massachusetts State House Library,
Room 341, 24 Beacon Street, State House, Boston, MA

On 4 December 2000, the U.N. General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed the 18th of December “International Migrants Day.”

Join us in a conversation about the impact of the Trump administration’s policies in the Latin American region and in Massachusetts, as well as a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that the immigrant community faces in attempting to make real social change.

Panelists:
Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director of the Brazilian Worker Center.
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.

Oscar A. Chacón, Co‐Founder and Executive Director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities­NALACC).

Jan
10
Wed
Kids demanding residence for their parents with TPS! @ Massachusetts State House
Jan 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids demanding residence for their parents with TPS! @ Massachusetts State House | Boston | MA | United States

We’re fighting back!
Rally in solidarity with people with TPS.
We are standing together to support TPS. Will you?

WHEN: January 10th 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: MA State House.

Centro Presente is organizing a rally in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that will highlight the US-citizen children of TPS-holders who will be affected by the termination of the program. In Massachusetts there are 5,300 US-born children with parents from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS). US children and adolescents will provide their testimonies and be the protagonists of this event.

Recently the Trump Regime announced the termination of TPS for the 2,500 Nicaraguans living in the United States. We anticipate that similar decisions will be coming from the White House for the 57,000 Hondurans, almost 200,000 Salvadorans, and 50,000 Haitians who are also living in the US under TPS.

As the result of Centro Presente’s SAVE TPS NOW campaign, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed a bipartisan joint-resolution expressing support of the continuation of the TPS program for immigrants, representing the first of such resolutions passed in the United States.

We have to continue strategizing with sister grassroots organizations around the country in order to fight for permanent residency for people with TPS.

Ending this program would cost tax payers $3.1 billion, drain businesses of much needed workers, and result in the loss of $6.9 Billion in reductions to social security and Medicaid payments over 10 years. The individuals with TPS living in the United States have provided overwhelming contributions to this country’s economy, and are critical to the social fabric and diversity of our community.

Centro Presente represents over one thousand people who have been renewing TPS with us for the past 20 years. Our activities are part of a grassroots campaign that was launched last January with the full participation of more than 100 TPS-holding members of Centro Presente.

Jan
20
Sat
Break the Chains queer dance party! @ Make Shift Boston
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Break the Chains queer dance party! @ Make Shift Boston | Boston | MA | United States

THIS EVENT PAGES IS FOR JAN 20! NEXT BREAK THE CHAINS PARTY IS DECEMBER 16 AT MILKY WAY DETAILS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/198472117362897/

Break the Chains is a semi-monthly all ages, all gender radical dance party featuring local and touring queer and trans performers.

This month featuring: Medino Green, DJ Rufaro Oxun, Ms DJ Lotus, and Lightning Pill. Hosted by Evan Greer.

Boston’s Best Dance Party 2017 – Improper Bostonian

“Wildly Popular” – WBUR

“Dismantling the system one dance party at a time” – DigBoston

$10 – 20 sliding scale suggested donation at the door to support our community’s working queer artists. Cash or Venmo accepted.

This space is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessbile bathroom. Concact: evangreer@gmail.com with quesions.

Feb
3
Sat
Liberation Games @ Spontaneous Celebrations
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Liberation Games @ Spontaneous Celebrations | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

choose a game
declare your cause
play to win

We’re putting the FUN in FUNding our movements.

We’ll fill Spontaneous Celebrations with six simultaneous tournaments, plus an open game room. Only $20 to play, so buy in advance before it sells out. Each player chooses a game and declares a radical cause. All entry fees go to the radical cause of the tournament winner.

THE TOURNAMENTS*
Poker | Spades | Dominoes
*Each game has a Players Tournament and a Beginners Tournament

THE GAME ROOM
Open for self-organized gaming; choose your own game / bring your own game

See eventbrite for all the info and tickets! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/liberation-games-tickets-38184523939

Feb
7
Wed
Feminisms Unbound @ MIT Tang Building (E51)
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Feminisms Unbound @ MIT Tang Building (E51) | Cambridge | MA | United States

“Undoing Empire: Form, Function, Feminism” GCWS Feminisms Unbound roundtable

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
Kalpana Seshadri, Professor of English, Boston College
Kaysha Corinealdi, Assistant Professor of History, Emerson College
Moderator, Jyoti Puri, Simmons College

Feb
17
Sat
Little Voices Big Change: Black Lives Matter! @ North End Branch of the Boston Public Library
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Little Voices Big Change: Black Lives Matter! @ North End Branch of the Boston Public Library | Boston | MA | United States

Join Wee The People for a workshop of kid-powered resistance with our social justice storytime event “Black Lives Matter.” Through stories and activities, kids will explore themes of protest and racial justice, taking lessons from the past to understand today’s Movement for Black Lives.

Best for kids 5 and up.

Little Voices, Big Change is presented by Wee The People, a Boston-based social justice project for kids.

Apr
18
Wed
Canadian Slavery History @ Royall House & Slave Quarters
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Canadian Slavery History @ Royall House & Slave Quarters | Medford | MA | United States

Art historian Charmaine Nelson, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, is currently at Harvard as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian studies.

Her research “comparing fugitive slave ads in two Canadian provinces and Jamaica takes the history of slavery beyond its association with a tropical plantation model, as existed in the Caribbean or the southern U.S., and opens it up to include places where that history is rarely discussed or acknowledged.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/harvard-research-slavery-ads-newspapers-nova-scotia-1.4287485