On Friday, March 22, 2013, the encuentro 5 (e5) community will be honoring 5 individual activists and one organization for their powerful contributions to our social-change movements. The occasion is our annual Five-for-e5 dinner which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the SEIU 615 meeting hall (26 West Street, Boston, MA 02111; visit http://dinner.encuentro5.org or Facebook - http://on.fb.me/YpuZnC for more details, bios and directions).
This year we are honoring
- Aaron Tanaka, founder of the Boston Workers Alliance
- Angela Kelly, a peace movement powerhouse since 9-11
- Banjineh Browne, educator best known as one-half of the Foundation Movement
- Karen Schneiderman, a stalwart of the Disabled People’s Liberation Front
- Lily Huang, a dynamo of the pro-immigrant movement.
We are also recognizing the diligent work of the Boston Occupier in continuing the work of the #Occupy Movement in new and uncertain times. With this list, it is no wonder that a previous honoree, Sergio Reyes declared, “Every single one of these brothers and sisters honored this year deserve our respect, support and appreciation for their contributions to the social-change movement. I will be happy to break bread and drink wine with my old and young compañeros in the struggle!”
E5 is a “movement-building space” hosting many progressive non-profits and movement organizations in a shared environment while also engaging the broader public with educational events and activities. Now in its 7th year, e5 promotes collaborations across issue, deepening our understandings of oppression and exploitation, and, above all, social-change organizing.
The event will also launch the encuentro 5 long-term planning initiative. Since our move from Chinatown last summer, e5 has been in a transitional space and will remain so through late 2014; e5 is planning to move to a large, centrally-located and fully accessible site that provides the office, meeting, event and organizing space that our community needs. To make this happen, we are methodically building the foundations for an open space via a series of conversations and a participatory planning process. The dinner will outline this process. An draft proposal is available for download ( http://bit.ly/YpC8Ew ).