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Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

On Saturday, June 10, the fifteenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare and joyful pan-cultural evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org. The performers include the joyful Latin American perspectives of Sol y Canto, the enthralling North Indian vocal music of Aditya Rohit Shah, and the Rev. Fred Small’s compelling songs of struggle and justice.

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A Discussion on "The influence of Africa on Traditional Folk Culture in Cuba & U.S." with Afro Cuban Artist and Activist Mirna Padrón Dickson

When: Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Water: The Invisible Crisis with Dr. Shakir Abdullah

When: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Our planet is known as the blue planet due to its extensive reserves of water. Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, unfortunately, 98% is ocean, the remaining 2% accounts for fresh water supplies for the world. More drastically, 90% of fresh water is not readily reachable, because it is either in the form of ice in the poles or remains underground.

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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Lippman and Drumpf: A Fairly Unbalanced Serio-Comic Report

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Dave Lippman brings vibrant parody sing-alongs, soulful original songs, and an encounter with Donald Trump’s renegade third cousin, Davey Drumpf. A passionate, comedic, participatory, multi-media romp through society’s ills and thrills. Lippman has performed as a singing CIA agent, moderate clear cutter, bard of the bankers, and third cousin twice removed of Donald Trump. His efforts to combine music with politics span 50 years, and he is always on the verge of getting it right. He has 14 releases to his credit, not counting jail.

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Lucky Kid: A Play by John O'Brien with Jason Taylor

When: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Sunday, March 19, 2016 
“Calling John O’Brien” with Jason Taylor

“Lucky Kid” A Performance & Discussion

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Free film screening: A United Kingdom

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: AMC Theater Boston Common • 175 Tremont St. • Boston

You are cordially invited to a special advance screening of

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Families for Justice as Healing with Andrea James

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH) founded in 2010 inside the federal prison for women in Danbury, CT. by Andrea James who sought to create an organization with the crucial, yet often overlooked, focus on incarcerated mothers and the impact on their children. FJAH has been active building coalitions nationally, advocating in legislatures, and raising public awareness about the need to shift from over criminalization and incarceration to reinvestment in communities.

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Gen Silent: documentary on LGBT elders

When: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Temple B'nai Brith of Somerville • 201 Central Street • Somerville

In honour of Martin Luther King Day, and our struggle against discrimination of all kinds:

Documentary Gen Silent about LGBT elders, followed by a discussion.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender elders who fought the first battles for equality now face such a threat of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their identities in order to survive. A growing number, however, are fighting to keep LGBT aging from meaning aging in silence.

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Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia #KindleJustice

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St • Boston

Candle Light Vigil to End Gun Violence

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: First Church in Boston • 66 Marlborough Street • Boston
The Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is partnering
with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, the Newtown Foundation,
and B-Peace for Jorge to host an event to #EndGunViolence 

 

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Boston Stands with Standing Rock: 4pm Wed. Nov. 9, Park Street

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Park Street, Boston Common • Boston

Rally and march Boston Common at Park Street Station to Charles River
 

North American Indian Center of Boston hosted and led an activist meeting on Saturday Nov. 2 which called for this rally and march.  UJP was represented along with Jewish Voice for Peace, Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, and many environmental and people of color organizations.

Over 1000 people signed up on facebook as of Sunday evening!

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An Evening with Medea Benjamin at Community Church of Boston

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

 

Saturday, October 22 at the Community Church of Boston

6:30 Reception: Pupusas, Wine & Cheese
7:30 Event: Sacco/Vanzetti Award Ceremony, Music, Talk, Q&A
Tickets: Advance-$15, Door-$20 (sliding scale)
Purchase Tickets: 
www.communitychurchofboston.org or call for info 617-266-6710

 

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Free film screening: "Where to Invade Next"

When: Friday, September 2, 2016, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Private residencee • 243 Broadway • Cambridge

No late comers (let me know in advance if you can't make it on time - ie, by 7pm; perhaps we can reach an agreement - no promises tho)

Where to Invade NextWhere to Invade Next

[as of now, 8/28 10pm, 10 seats available]
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Homelessness: Ways to Help with Kate Layzer

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd floor • Boston

A sea-change is taking place in the way churches approach their homeless neighbors, and the programs they create to respond to neighbors in need. In this talk Kate Layzer will try to describe that change, what’s important about it, and how it is being expressed in several different area ministries in the Boston area, including a program she founded last year, the Friday Cafe, where she focuses on building community between housed and homeless, mainstream and marginalized. 

Music by Terry Kitchen

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