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Nov
17
Sat
The Next Two Years and Beyond: A Movement Building Conference @ Boston
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Next Two Years and Beyond: A Movement Building Conference @ Boston | Boston | MA | United States

The progressive, peace, and justice movements face new and difficult conditions in the Trump presidency. Attacks on labor and working people; tax cuts for the rich, sharply increased military spending, and escalated wars and international crises; anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric and policies; escalated racism, sexism, and assaults on LGBTQ people; are among the urgent challenges we face. And as wildfires spread and glaciers melt, the Trump administration is doubling down on policies that guarantee catastrophic climate change.

The far right controls the national and most state governments and is on the offensive on every front. While Democrats may regain control of the House this November, the reactionary forces that have been unleashed and organized by Trumpism are determined to continue their offensive in the years to come, posing serious dangers to living standards and to social justice, as well as to democracy, civil liberties, and our ability to organize for social change.

Fortunately, a new progressive movement has risen to resist Trumpism, exemplified by Black Lives Matter, the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign and wave of progressive candidates running in 2018, Poor People’s Campaign, Women’s Marches, Fight for $15, March for Our Lives, and the responses to Charlottesville and to the separation of migrant families.

The resistance to the reactionaries is divided between progressives, who seek fundamental changes in the economy and social structure to the benefit of working and oppressed people, and neoliberals and centrists, who seek the stabilization of the corporate order along with continued austerity and militarism. Although we need to join with the centrists to fend off the reactionary assault, we know that they are equally responsible for the extreme income and wealth gaps as well as militarism and war — so we also need to challenge them in order to build a powerful, coherent and energetic progressive movement that will contend for national power in 2020 and in the years to come.

A major weakness of the progressive wing is a tendency to avoid confronting U.S. militarism, particularly the dangers of nuclear war and of war with Iran, Korea, and Russia.

Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee, Black Lives Matter Boston, and the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security invite Massachusetts progressive organizations to join us in organizing a movement building conference to take stock of the political landscape after the midterm election, chart the path towards a unified progressive movement over the coming years, and educate and motivate our supporters towards more effective and more unified efforts.

This conference follows several previous events:

The Next Four Years: Building our Movements in Dangerous Times, December 2016, Simmons College

Building Sustainable Security, November 2015, Harvard Law School

A Foreign Policy for All, November 2014, MIT

Autumn Convergence for a New National Agenda, November 2013, SEIU 32BJ District 615

Registration opens Sept 15.

Contact: Cole Harrison, cole@maspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169 to participate in this effort.

Boston Anarchist Bookfair @ GSU
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Boston Anarchist Bookfair @ GSU | Boston | MA | United States

Join anarchists and community members for two days of learning and organizing for a better Boston and a better world. Against a backdrop of a Trump presidency and polls showing historic levels of disgust with both the government and capitalism, anarchists are building toward a world without politicians or billionaires.

The past year has also reinforced the importance of community self-defense from threat of white supremacists, fascists, and the police.

Boston is one of North America’s cradles of revolution. So it is fitting that people from all walks of life — from seasoned organizers to the politically curious — will come together here at a time in which the ideas, methods, and tactics of anarchism are more important than ever.

Radical organizations and groups from across the country will be selling books, music, and art and sharing knowledge at this community event.

Admission is free to the public.

This venue is handicapped-accessible.

Little Voices, Big Change: Changing Neighborhoods @ Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Little Voices, Big Change: Changing Neighborhoods @ Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

Join Wee The People for a social justice storytime theme that hits home for thousands of Boston families: gentrification. What happens when neighborhoods change? Who ends up on the winning and losing side of those changes? How can kids understand the changes happening around them, and find their own voice to fight for changes that are fair?

Come explore the meaning of neighborhood, community, history and equity through stories, activities and games! Best for kids 5 and up.

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

Decolonize Now!: “Rise” @ Roslindale Congregational Church
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Decolonize Now!: "Rise" @ Roslindale Congregational Church | Roslindale | MA | United States

The “Decolonize Now!” film series encourages audiences to contextualize and reflect on various resistance and liberation movements to imperial and settler-colonial governments, both past and present.

RISE
Directed by Michelle Latimer
The first two episodes of the Viceland series, RISE, are shown in their original combined 2017 Sundance Film Festival debut. (2017, 121 min)

“Sacred Water” (Episode 1)
The people of the Standing Rock Reservation of North and South Dakota fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland.

“Red Power” (Episode 2)
Over 5,000 Red Power warriors have descended on Standing Rock camp to stand in solidarity and protect tribal burial sites from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The screening of RISE will be preceded by two short films by the director.

NIMMIKAAGE (SHE DANCES FOR PEOPLE)
Directed by Michelle Latimer
Both a requiem for and an honoring of Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit women, the film deconstructs the layers beneath the recorded pageantry of Canadian nationalism. (2015, 5min)

NUUCA (TAKE)
Directed by Michelle Latimer
An evocative meditation on Indigenous women’s integral connection to land and the ways in which the extractive industry’s rape of the Earth is directly linked to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls. (2018, 12 min)

Suggested donation is $5, to benefit The Red Nation.

Nov
18
Sun
Boston Anarchist Bookfair @ GSU
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Boston Anarchist Bookfair @ GSU | Boston | MA | United States

Join anarchists and community members for two days of learning and organizing for a better Boston and a better world. Against a backdrop of a Trump presidency and polls showing historic levels of disgust with both the government and capitalism, anarchists are building toward a world without politicians or billionaires.

The past year has also reinforced the importance of community self-defense from threat of white supremacists, fascists, and the police.

Boston is one of North America’s cradles of revolution. So it is fitting that people from all walks of life — from seasoned organizers to the politically curious — will come together here at a time in which the ideas, methods, and tactics of anarchism are more important than ever.

Radical organizations and groups from across the country will be selling books, music, and art and sharing knowledge at this community event.

Admission is free to the public.

This venue is handicapped-accessible.

F U E G O cider and Immune support @ De La Tierra Botanicals
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
F U E G O cider and Immune support @ De La Tierra Botanicals | Boston | MA | United States

Fuego cider is folk medicine-healing and uplifting our immune system with a magical alchemy between plants, vegetables, and honey.
Join us for this annual community making fire cider and discussion on ways to protect your immune system (this is our third year!).
The making of fire cider is also an act of resistance. Fire cider has been so-called trademarked! Ancient medicine cant be fucking trademarked! This gathering is in honor of all the ways that resistance shows up in our lives. Its also a celebration of our resilience.

Investment: sliding-scale $20-$25
all materials and plant medicine provided (local turmeric by the way!)
We willl gather in the beautiful kitchen space of
The Urban Farming Institute/Epstein Farm
487 Norfolk Street
Mattapan <3

The Hip-Hop Society Presents: Toxic Masculinity in Hip-Hop @ Piano Row
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Hip-Hop Society Presents: Toxic Masculinity in Hip-Hop @ Piano Row | Boston | MA | United States

The Hip-Hop Society at Emerson College is proud to present the first workshop of our 3 part fall series!

Come meet us at the Beard room in the Piano Row Building 150 Boylston St. on the Second floor (There’ll be signs) as we have an open forum /panel discussion about toxic Masculinity in the hip-hop universe.

Moderator: Elmstreet

Panelists:
Mckersin
Tba
Tba
Tba

This event is open to the public and is completely free to attend.
We will be video taping. If you would not like to be on camera please let our video team know at the event.

Wide Lens: Say Her Name with directors in person @ Coolidge Corner Theatre
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Wide Lens: Say Her Name with directors in person @ Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline | MA | United States

Join us for a special Wide Lens presentation of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland with the film’s directors, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, in conversation with Dr. Raul Fernandez following our screening on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00pm.

Nov
29
Thu
Jail Support Training @ The FANG Collective
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jail Support Training @ The FANG Collective | Pawtucket | RI | United States

Jail Support is one of the most important roles in an action – you are responsible for assisting our friends through the arrest and arraignment process, coordinate with legal representatives, and provide continued support for our friends, their families, and our communities.

*Register here: https://bit.ly/2NrLQVe

November 29, 2018
The FANG Collective Office
Pawtucket, RI

*This training is solely focused on these roles and is not an entire Nonviolent Direct Action Training.

Decolonizing Puerto Rico’s Energy: The Renewable Revolution @ Cambridge Public Library - Central Square Branch
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Decolonizing Puerto Rico’s Energy: The Renewable Revolution @ Cambridge Public Library - Central Square Branch | Cambridge | MA | United States

As Puerto Rico seeks to recover from Hurricane Maria, major decisions are being made about the island’s future. Will global corporations impose the same old model or will grassroots sustainable alternatives win the day? What are the implications elsewhere?

Following a showing of Naomi Klein’s short film, The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico, which lays out the challenges Puerto Rico faces, Sajed Kamal will share ideas and examples of successful efforts to make the shift to renewables. Dr. Kamal, who teaches in the Sustainable International Development department at Brandeis, has developed exciting renewable energy projects in the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia, and El Salvador.

His most recent book is The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future.

Join us for this important discussion.

Light refreshments

Dec
5
Wed
“Why Is That Lady Brown?” and Other Uncomfortable Questions Kids Ask @ Community Music Center, Allen Hall
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Why Is That Lady Brown?” and Other Uncomfortable Questions Kids Ask @ Community Music Center, Allen Hall | Boston | MA | US

Good teaching depends on skilled, well-supported faculty. Each year the Eliot School’s Art Teachers Alliance offers a professional development series open to teachers, parents and other interested adults. Our three workshops this year focus on cultural competency and racial justice—or, in the language of Boston Public Schools, culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.

Workshop 3 of 3:
Presenter: Wee The People and Zahaira Nur Truth
“Why is that lady brown?” “Why did the police kill Mr. Phil?” “What will happen if ICE comes to take my family away?” Children notice a lot about the world—including race, ethnicity, inequity and injustice. They sense that these things matter, and they have questions many educators are not prepared to answer. This interactive workshop helps teachers develop tools and real-time strategies to enhance one-on-one interactions with students, as well as curriculum design. Together we will brainstorm approaches for applying a social/racial justice lens to art-making in the classroom. Teachers will come away with ideas for lesson plans that celebrate identity, foster young people’s innate sense of fairness and support them in challenging injustice they see in the world. This workshop is presented in collaboration with Wee The People. Since 2015, Wee The People has been leading workshops of kid-powered resistance through interactive story times, art and games. Wee The People’s mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voices, explore resistance through the arts and support adults in starting difficult conversations with kids about difference, equity and justice. Presenter Zahirah Nur Truth teaches art at the preschool and elementary school levels, integrating social justice themes into her curriculum. Her company, ZNTArts, is an online retail site for her paintings, jewelry and wearable art. Zahirah earned her AS in Early Childhood Education, with an Arts Program focus from Bunker Hill Community College. She is a BFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Learn more about workshop #1 and workshop #2


Light dinner will be served. Please submit any dietary restrictions at registration.


Accessibility Information:


Wheelchair accessible entrance at 537 Tremont Street on the Boston Center for the Arts Campus Plaza

Dec
6
Thu
Dolores film
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dolores film

Film “Dolores” followed by a Q&A with Roxana Rivera from SEIU.
Join us in 4-370 on Thurs Dec 6th. Pizza at 5pm, film at 5:30pm.
Sponsored by WGS + SA+P

Dec
7
Fri
Plant Ancestor: Damiana @ Old Oak Dojo
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Plant Ancestor: Damiana @ Old Oak Dojo | Jamaica Plain | MA | United States

July 2018 Plant Ancestor: Damiana

In July we journey with our fiery ancestor, D A M I A N A. Damiana invites us to come into balance with our solar plexus, empowerment, and digestive health. Come meet a plant that has healed my people and many native to turtle island. We will meditate, laugh, make medicine, and remember together!
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More on the series:
Join SEMILLA of Ixchel for their monthly herbalism series: Plant Ancestor: Connecting to ancestor medicine, one plant at a time.

Plant Ancestor is a knowledge share for anyone interested in learning with plants. Each month we will meet a new plant ancestor, deepen our relationship with their medicinal uses, stories and magick.

The knowledge share will include:
-overview of the plants’ origins, uses, astrological alignment + more
-plant identification
-medicine making [to welcome home!]
-plant profile, includes history, uses + recipes [to welcome home!]
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Contribution: Offer what you believe the healer deserves + what you can offer.
We are working to remember the cultures of generosity our ancestors lived. Our ancestors protected and cared for their healers by offering them what they needed to survive and continue. I ask that you offer what you believe my medicine deserves and what your generous heart can offer.
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JOIN US ONLINE, register to receive next steps!
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If you would like to FUND a spot for a youth of color please share your contribution to paypal.me/semillaofixchel
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Register today: https://goo.gl/forms/n3zEGad7SJObKLC92
[Registering ahead of time allows bellx to prepare materials for each participant]
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Space is limited to 16 participants [in-person]
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If you should have any questions or concerns please email us at semillaofixchel@gmail.com
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Sending you abundance from the heart of Boston, Roxbury, MA

Dec
15
Sat
Little Voices, Big Change: Bridges Not Walls @ Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Little Voices, Big Change: Bridges Not Walls @ Uphams Corner 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 “Bridges Not Walls.” Kids will explore themes of crossing borders, building bridges, and tearing down walls with a storytime, activity, and take-home craft. Best for kids 5 and up.

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