Social justice and equality

St Patrick's Peace Parade!

Yesterday, the big day finally came -- Saint Patrick's Peace Parade: People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice. 
Pat Scanlon and Tony Flaherty, two of the main parade organizers.
As in years past, the Veterans For Peace request to join the "official" (or "traditional") St. Patrick's Day Parade was denied by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston.  So was the request of Join the Impact and MassEquality (both LGBT organizations).  (Read article about the MassEquality experience at this link, along with a copy of the letter they received from the Allied War Veterans.) 

Not being allowed to march in the "official" parade, for the second year Veterans For Peace and other groups (notably Massachusetts Peace Action with the leadership of Cole Harrison) organized the St. Patrick's Peace Parade (the People's Alternative Parade...).  This year's parade was bigger than the first one, perhaps two or three times bigger (I don't have a good count yet).

There were several divisions in the Peace Parade, including: Veterans For Peace, GLBT groups, religious/faith-based groups, labor, peace groups, political groups, and Occupy. 
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Boston May Day 2011 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park

When: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 12:00 pm
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway Park • Cross St. and Hanover St. • across from the Haymarket T Station corner • Boston
2011 May 1 - 12:00pm


Boston May Day 2011 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park

Let's commemorate International Workers Day this year with a rally at 12 noon at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park, across from the Haymarket T Station, in the corner of Cross and Hanover streets in Boston. 

After the rally we will take the T to East Boston to join in the East Boston March to the May 1 rally in Chelsea. 

We demand: 

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Where do we go from here? A Post-Election Forum

When: Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor • Chinatown T • Boston
2010 Nov 15 - 7:00pm
2010 Nov 15 - 9:00pm

Making sense of these crazy elections... Where do our social movements in Boston go from here? What role might "One Nation Working Together" play in this dangerous time?

The "One Nation Working Together" rally brought together an unprecedented progressive coalition in Washington on October 2. Nationally, One Nation plans to continue its ambitious collaboration effort after the November election - when such collaboration between labor, civil rights, environmental, socal justice, housing, peace, and youth groups will be more important than ever.

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